What We Do

NorthStar assists and supports people who have a disability, permanent injury or ongoing medical condition find and maintain employment. NorthStar is a community based not-for-profit employment service helping people in the Northern region into employment since 1991.

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Success Stories

Daniel

Daniel’s story with PLAN International began with a work experience placement last year which he was a participant in NorthStar’s PEAC Program (a Transition To Employment  program funded by DHS). Read more

Latest News

Grand Opening of The Working Wardrobe NMIT Work Education Centre is having their Grand Opening of The Working Wardrobe on the 7th of October 2014 (10am – Bldg. W, Room W130 NMIT Preston Campus). The Working Wardrobe is a not-for-profit campus-based clothing store. Money raised is used to outfit disadvantaged students for the workplace.
NorthStar supporting Uniting Care Harrison   Uniting Care Harrison provides emergency material aid to residents living in the Eastern suburbs, predominantly in the City of Knox. They maintain a supply of personal hygiene products, general groceries, canned goods and other non-perishable food to assist people experiencing financial hardship. NorthStar supports Uniting Care Harrison’s cause and makes food donations regularly. For more information about the organisation and how you can help, follow the link.
Official opening of headspace in Craigieburn headspace recently opened another office in Craigieburn. headspace is the National Youth Mental Health Foundation. They assist young people who are going through a tough time. Their primary focus is the mental health and wellbeing of all Australians. For more information on what services they offer, please follow the link.
PEAC Information Evenings (21st and 29th May 2014) We would like to thank all the schools that attended our information evenings to find out more about the PEAC program. The session was very interactive and we enjoyed chatting with the parents, teachers, carers and students about the program. For more information about the PEAC program, click here.    
Look out for our latest NorthStar Community Newsletter – April 2014 Read up on what’s new at NorthStar, Staff and Employer News, Employment Projections and our Make A Difference MAD Giving Points Update. Click here to view!
The latest PEAC Community Newsletter – May 2014 issue is OUT NOW! Catch up on all the latest news about the PEAC Program! This year’s new PEAC clients have been busy trying out various activities in the program. They’ve also been learning about employability skills, being safe in the community, resume writing, work experience, etc. Click here to read more!

Upcoming Events

3rd December -7th December 2014 – The Other Film Festival Only a week away from The Other Film Festival! The festival starts on the 3rd of December and finishes on the 7th of December. Make sure you book your tickets if you haven’t got them yet! The festival celebrates and features the very best new cinema about the lived experience of disability from around the world. The festival screens these films in the most accessible way possible – all speeches are Auslan interpreted, all films are captioned, all films are audio described and the venue is fully accessible. Inclusive, accessible and welcoming! Follow the link  for more details.
3rd December 2014 – International Day of People with Disability International Day of People with Disability (IDPwD) is a United Nations sanctioned day that aims to increase public awareness, understanding and acceptance of people with disability and celebrate the achievements and contributions of people with disability. If you would like to know more about the event and how to take part, follow the link.
31st October 2014 -National Bandanna Day This day aims to raise $1.1 million to support young people living with cancer. Every year, another 23,000 young people have to deal with the challenge of cancer – whether it’s their own diagnosis or that of their parent, brother or sister. Young people at CanTeen wear bandannas to show they’re fighting cancer together. Join the fight this National Bandanna Day and raise funds to help CanTeen support young people when cancer turns their world upside down. To know more about this event, click here.
27th October 2014 –  Cancer Council’s Pink Ribbon Day Pink Ribbon Day – a day when all Australians can come together to show their support for the many thousands of women affected by breast and gynaecological cancers. Cancer Council’s Pink Ribbon Day helps raises funds in support of the many thousands of women affected by breast and gynaecological cancers. Cancer Council aims to minimise the threat of women’s cancers through successful prevention, best treatment, support and world-class cancer research. For information on how you can help, click here.
October 2014 -Mental Health Week Mental Health Week raises community awareness about mental health issues and is held every October each year to coincide with World Mental Health Day that is held on the 10th of October. The aim of Mental Health Week is to promote social and emotional wellbeing to the community, encouraging people to maximise their health potential, enhancing the coping capacity of communities, families, individuals and increasing mental health recovery. Click here to know more about the event and how you can take part.
11th September 2014  – R U OK? Day  R U OK? is a not-for-profit organisation dedicated to encouraging all Australians to regularly and meaningfully ask anyone struggling with life, ”are you ok?”. Regular, face-to-face conversations can help us to build and maintain strong relationships with friends and family. In turn, research shows that people with these strong relationships are more likely to cope with life’s ups and downs. If you would like to know more about the event and how to help, follow the link.