We champion learning that is more engaging, inclusive and creative

Our Place, Doveton VIC is a fully integrated education model which brings together high quality early learning, effective schooling, wrap around health and wellbeing services, adult education training and employment and engagement and enrichment activities for children and families to meet the needs and help fulfil the aspirations of community.

In 2016 Dusseldorp Forum and Our Place partnered to strengthen and replicate the Our Place model in Victoria.

Doveton College, located in the south east of Melbourne, is a government school, and the first Our Place site, designed to holistically meet the needs of children from birth to Year 9 and their families. Founded in 2012 through a unique partnership between local, state and federal government and the Colman Foundation, the College is focused on creating a significant change environment for children and families by engaging the children, their parents and the entire Doveton neighbourhood.

Doveton College was Australia’s first fully integrated, education model including an Early Learning Centre and Prep-Year 9 school at its centre, with wrap-around health, family and children’s services on site. It’s services include:


  • Parent support services
  • Daily supported playgroups
  • Child and family health services, immunisation programs, Maternal and Child Health sessions
  • Home visiting
  • Family drop in facilities
  • Adult education –entry to work, community leadership training
  • Adult activity groups – language classes, sewing, cooking

Some 140 parents are currently studying through the Adult Education program – from basic language and literacy right up to Certificate III. More than 70 parents are volunteering at the school. Many of the parents who have undertaken study are, some for the first time, engaged in sound employment.

Dusseldorp Forum has committed $1.5million over 10 years to build the evidence base of early childhood practice at Doveton College and support the replication of the Our Place model in other sites in Victoria. 

Find out more about Our Place here.


Current research suggests that generating significant change at a community level takes time and effort if we are to make a sustainable, positive difference for children and families. As we won’t see effective change for at least five to eight years, this long-term philanthropic commitment demonstrates strong support for Doveton families.

June McLoughlin, Director Family and Children’s Services Doveton College.