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Straight Up is created with young people who have lived in care. It’s part of the GOM Central Project.

In this episode, we talk about free education for young care leavers in SA. There’s a bunch of great info in this podcast. So you might need to listen to it a few times or come back to it when it’s relevant.

Andrew Berkinshaw came in to chat with us about the Australian Institute of Social Relations and other places which offer free education to young people who have lived in care, like TAFE SA.

Here’s a list of places where you can go back to school and finish year 11 and 12:

·        Thebarton Senior College

·        University Senior College

·        Marden Senior College

·        North Adelaide Senior College

·        Muirden Senior College.

As far as university, it’s worth looking at your eligibility for scholarships.

Flinders Uni, Adelaide Uni and Uni SA all offer scholarships for:

·        Students with disabilities

·        Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students

·        Students from a rural or remote area

·        Students experiencing financial hardship.

SATAC also has a scholarship for students who are on Centrelink payments or can prove that they are low income.

We think your best bet is to call the uni of your choice and ask to speak to a person who can advise about scholarships.


If you are leaving care soon, or have left recently, Post Care Support Services are here to help! They can support you with stuff like housing and grant applications, FOI requests, referrals, life skills, brokerage counselling, mental health and other issues

GOM Central is funded by the Department of Child Protection and delivered by Relationships Australia South Australia’s Post Care Support Services. Straight Up is hosted by Brooke and Zhane.

Special thanks to Andrew Berkinshaw.


This podcast was created on Kaurna and Peramangk Country. We wish to acknowledge the Kaurna and Peramangk peoples, and all Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Australians; their spiritual, physical, emotional, mental and economic connection to the Land and Seas. We acknowledge the original custodians of Australia and in doing so understand that their inherent Cultural and Spiritual beliefs continue to sustain the living People of each region.

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