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’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


NorthStar is proud to announce that we continue to be a 5-Star Rated Service!

Community Soccer League 2014! Spectrum Migrant Resource Centre (MRC) will be running a Community Soccer Tournament for young people (12-19 years of age) on the 10th of July from 9:30am-4:00pm at the Darebin Community Sports Centre. Spectrum MRC caters for the needs of newly arrived and established migrants and refugees. For those of you who are interested in participating, make sure you register your team by the 8th of July. For more information or inquiries, click here!
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

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.
1st October - World Cerebral Palsy Day  World Cerebral Palsy Day is a global innovation project to change the world for people living with cerebral palsy and their families. Cerebral Palsy is a permanent disability that affects movement. Its impact can range from a weakness in one hand, to almost a complete lack of voluntary movement. World Cerebral Palsy Day is led by a group of non-profit cerebral palsy charities, and supported by organisations in over 45 countries. For more information, click here.
September 2014 – Dementia Awareness Month Dementia Awareness Month is the national flagship month for Alzheimer’s Australia’s community awareness activities each year. Occurring in September each year, the theme for 2014 is ’Creating a Dementia Friendly Australia’. This year’s theme gives individuals and businesses a better understanding of the steps they can take to ensure that all members of the community are engaged and involved, including those living with a diagnosis of dementia. – See more at: https://vic.fightdementia.org.au/      
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.
22nd August 2014 -Daffodil Day Daffodil Day is one of Australia’s best known and most popular fundraising events. Daffodil Day raises funds for Cancer Council to continue its work in cancer research, providing patient support programs and prevention programs for all Australians. Daffodil Day helps grow hope for better treatments and more survivors. For more information, click here.
24th August – 30th August 2014 – Hearing Awareness Week Hearing Awareness Week is Australia’s annual event to raise community awareness of hearing impairment and ways to protect your hearing. The theme for 2014 is ‘How Loud is too Loud? See more at: http://www.hearingawarenessweek.org.au/
25th July 2014 -Stress Down Day Stress Down Day is a fun and easy initiative to reduce stress and raise awareness for Lifeline. Get involved on July 25 and have fun by supporting Lifeline raise funds through the power of laughter. Click here to know more about the event and how you can take part in Lifeline’s cause and organise your own Stress Down Day event.