International Symposium on Extending Care to 21

Thursday 15th & Friday 16th June

Park Hyatt Hotel, Melbourne Registrations

About the symposium

Every state and territory in Australia is now on board with #makeit21. While this is fantastic news for young people in out-of-home care, there is still a lot of work to be done. Join us at the third Home Stretch Symposium in Melbourne on 15 and 16 June, where we will hear from speakers from Australia and overseas presenting the latest research and evidence-based best practice in Extended Care to 21 years policy.

What you’ll learn

  • Update on extended care to 21 policy implementation across Australia 
  • Experiences and challenges of implementation and service delivery of extended care to 21 years
  • Best practice policies in extended care to 21
  • Latest national and international evaluations on extended care to 21

Who should attend

  • State & territory government representatives 
  • Federal government representatives
  • Out-of-home care service providers   
  • Policy officers and evaluators
  • Academics with an interest in out-of-home care
  • Peak Bodies, independent agencies and consumer groups

Park Hyatt Melbourne

Highlights from 2019 Symposium



Mark Courtney

More speakers


The Home Stretch Symposium #3 will bring together policy developers, stakeholders and implementers to explore and discuss the experience of implementing extending care to 21 years. These discussions will be informed by international and national experts in this policy area.

The Symposium program will be a mix of keynote presentations, panel and Q&A sessions. The program has been structured to engage the audience and provide an opportunity for an informed discussion.

Thursday 15 June


Julian Morrow MC, The Chaser, Background Briefing
9.30Welcome to Country

Auntie Kellie Hunter
9.40Opening Remarks
The Journey of Extended Care Reform and Looking to the Future

Paul McDonald, Chair Home Stretch & CEO Anglicare Victoria
What is the Evidence & Lessons from International Evaluations of Extended Care?

Prof. Mark Courtney, Samuel Deutsch Professor, University of Chicago (US)
11.00Morning Tea
11.30What are young people saying about their experience of Extended Care so far?

Youth Advocates:
Jasmin Malham
Malakie Mcloughlin
Kathleen Martawan
Hayley Prasad
Shauna Grammatikos
12.00Extended Care Policies (Part 1)
What are the current policies around Australia, progress to date and priorities for the future? Victoria, Western Australia, South Australia and Australian Capital Territory.

Department of Fairness, Families and Housing, Victoria
Department of Communities, Western Australia
Department of Child Protection, South Australia
Community Services Directorate, Australian Capital Territory
13.45Extended Care for First Nations Young People, Experience from New Zealand & Australia
What is the impact of extended care on First Nations care leavers in New Zealand? Are there any implications for Indigenous care leavers in Australia?

Kerri Cleaver, Lecturer, University of Canterbury (NZ)
Dr. Jacynta Kraouker, Monash University (Aust.)
14.30Case Working the 18-21 year old.
Panel discussion exploring the casework and support practice models for young adults.

Diana E. Matteson, Director, YAP Wraparound Advocate Model (US)
Kim Janssen, Program Manager, Uniting
Rhiannon McDonald, Team Leader, Compass
Leon Jordan, Team Leader, Village 21
Gareth Morkel, Yorganop Association Incorporated
15.15Afternoon Tea
15.45Extended Care Policies (Part 2)
What are the current policies around Australia, progress to date and priorities for the future? New South Wales, Northern Territory, Queensland and Tasmania.

Department of Communities and Justice, New South Wales
Department of Territory Families, Housing and Communities, Northern Territory
Department for Education, Children and Young People, Tasmania
Department of Children, Youth Justice and Multicultural Affairs, Queensland
16.45Day One Reflections
17.00Networking Drinks

Friday 16 June


Julian Morrow MC, The Chaser, Background Briefing
What are the lessons of the Staying Close Model in the UK for Young People Leaving Residential Care?

Jo Dixon, Lecturer, University of York (UK)
Dr. Robert Porter, Research Lead, Strath University (UK)
9.40Cohorts of Young People who will need additional support.
Are there cohorts of care leavers who need additional support in extended care?

Prof. Philip Mendes, Director Social Inclusion and Social Policy Research Unit, Monash University
10.00Policy Consultations with Young People: Views from Queensland.
Findings from consultations with young people leaving care in Queensland.

Dr. Joseph McDowall, Executive Director (Research), CREATE Foundation
10.20Morning Tea
10.50Care, Culture & Practice
Exploring the unique requirements and policy changes needed when extending care for indigenous young people.

Muriel Bamblett, CEO VACCA (Victorian Aboriginal Child Care Agency)
John Leha, CEO AbSec (NSW Child, Family and Community Peak Aboriginal Corporation)
Kristina Radcliffe, Yorganop Association Incorporated
Lawford Benning, Chair MG Group
11.30Measuring Outcomes
Evaluation & Evidence: what is needed for a successful evaluation, what are the challenges and how does evaluation inform implementation?

Prof. Mark Courtney, Samuel Deutsch Professor, University of Chicago (US)
Diz McKinnon, Manager, Centre for Evaluation and Research Evidence, Department of Health, Victoria
Julian Thomas, Director, URBIS
12.45Housing Models for Young People in Extended Care
A closer look at housing pathways currently available for young people in extended care and recommendations

Presentation by Dan Jefferson, Partner, Mgmt Consulting Health, Ageing & Human Services, KPMG
Kate Colvin, CEO, Homelessness Australia
David Elridge AM, Chair, NYCA (National Youth Commission Australia
Prof. Philip Mendes, Director Social Inclusion and Social Policy Research Unit, Monash University
Shorna Moore, Head of Policy, Advocacy & Government Relations, Melbourne City Mission
13.30Reflections & Next Steps
With Special Guests: Caroline Fletcher & Dylan Langley, Youth Advocates

Paul McDonald, Chair Home Stretch & CEO Anglicare Victoria
13.45End of Symposium


Download Program as PDF

Sign The Pledge

Every child deserves to be supported into adulthood – extending out of home care until the age of 21 will give thousands of young people the additional guidance they need to have a real shot at life.


We will not share your information with any 3rd party entities.
Find out more by reading our privacy policy.