Beyond 18: The longitudinal study of leaving care

Current project

The Beyond 18 study is a long-term project focusing on the experiences of young people leaving the care system in Victoria.

Survey for young people

If you are aged 16-19 years in 2015 with a care experience in Victoria we want to hear from you.

Take part in the survey

All participants receive a $50 gift card.


Each year in Victoria between 300-400 young people who have been living in foster care, or other out-of-home care arrangements, will turn 18 and no longer be under the care of the Victorian state government. Many of these young people don't have family or friends to rely on for support when they leave the care system. They have to become independent in all ways at a time when most other young people in Australia still live at home.

About the project

The Beyond 18 study focuses on the experiences of young people leaving the care system in Victoria. The study seeks to better understand how young people leaving care are doing in:

  • finding secure accommodation
  • finding a job and/or further education
  • building a supportive social network
  • accessing support services.

Findings from the study will help to identify ways in which support services can be improved so that young people leaving care can achieve better life outcomes.

The study involves:

  • a main survey for young people leaving care
  • an online survey for carers and caseworkers
  • cohort case studies
  • a case file extract from the Victorian Department of Human Services.

Surveys for carers and caseworkers

Take part in our carers survey or caseworkers survey and tell us your experiences in working with young people leaving the care system.

If you'd like to speak with someone about the study, please contact us or call: 1800 352 275 (cost of a local call; higher charges may apply if calling from a mobile phone).

Visit the Beyond 18 study website for more information about this study.


Muir, S. and Hand, K. (2018). Beyond 18: The Longitudinal Study on Leaving Care Wave 1 Research Report: Transition planning and preparation. (Research Report). Melbourne: Australian Institute of Family Studies.