We’re bringing community, service providers, business, government and philanthropy together across the City of Casey to better understand the issues impacting children and youth and facilitate effective, local responses to ensure all children can thrive in school and in later life.

Community Profile: Doveton

  • Families: 2490
  • Children aged 0-8: 1073
  • Children starting school developmentally vulnerable: 30.5%
    (22.5% national average)
  • Youth unemployment: 20%
    (12% national average)


In ‘hotspots’ of disadvantage across the City of Casey – including Doveton – childhood developmental vulnerability and youth employment rates can be up to twice the national average. Culturally and linguistically diverse (CALD) families and communities can face additional challenges, often lacking the knowledge and/or skills to access support services.

How we are responding

In addition to directly providing vulnerable families with early literacy resources, United Way Australia is working to bring community organisations, government agencies, and local schools together to improve early learning and employment outcomes for children and young people.


  • Developing partnerships and holding Community Conversations to understand
    local issues and establish priorities

  • Working with maternal and child health nurses and Doveton College to help 604 children start school prepared

  • Supporting Narre Warren South College students to build their employment skills and confidence through workshops and training

  • Providing free home-delivered books and literacy resources to more than 475 families through Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library
  • Mobilising the skills and resources of business to respond to community-identified issues


“The kids feel like (they are) belonging, from the books.” Amani, Harijah and Hayley’s mum.

For Amani, who came to Australia as a refugee, the Imagination Library books aren’t just an opportunity for her children to learn, but to connect with their new country.

Get involved in the City of Casey Community today!

Join the conversation

• Do you live in the City of Casey?
• Are you a local business?
• Are you a community leader or part of a community organisation in the City of Casey?
• Are you a teacher or educator?
• Do you run services in the City of Casey?
• Would you like to donate or support this work to ensure everyone in our community thrives?

We want to hear from YOU!


Share your experiences, challenges and hopes for the City of Casey in a Community Conversation or with us directly.

Sydney Office
on (02) 9321 0300

Recent hot topics

So far in our Community Conversations in the City of Casey, we’re hearing about:

  • vulnerable families with children not attending early learning centres
  • issues facing refugees and asylum seekers families
  • the need to better understand the priorities and concerns of secondary students
  • the need to support better food and nutrition practices for vulnerable families

Our partners

  • Save the Children
  • Doveton College
  • Doveton Early Learning Centre
  • Uniting Care Connections
  • Autumn Place Kindergarten
  • Casey-Cardinia Library Corporation
  • Monash Health
  • Mission Australia
  • Southern Migrant and Refugee Centre SMRC
  • City of Casey Maternal Child Health Nurses
  • City of Casey /Best Start
  • WAYSS Women’s Crisis Centre