Blackburn South

Our belief is that every person, regardless of their age, deserves the opportunity to lead a full life complete with rich relationships and engaging activities. Strong links to the local community, a belief in the individual, and a safe and welcoming environment – these are all features of our Blackburn South service.

At the same time, we recognise that each individual’s needs and abilities are unique. Our experienced staff are adept at providing personalised support that brings out the best in each participant, with emphasis on building independence and maintaining a healthy lifestyle.


The Canterbury site is a historic building, surrounded by a large open space and a thriving community garden which is unique for promoting a healthy lifestyle for participants. It’s an ideal base for engagement with the surrounding community including businesses in nearby Maling Road and other locations in the area.

The team consider the needs and abilities of each individual participant in designing and implementing recreational and social activities which promote independence, positive relationships and fosters a worthwhile contribution in their community.

Next Step Bayswater

Building independence and inclusion is what drives everything we do at Next Step Bayswater. We believe that everyone should be responsible for their own life choices. We provide opportunities for young people to stretch their expectations of themselves as they develop practical and meaningful day-to-day skills.

It’s all about constantly improving participants’ independence and their ability to take part in everyday life, confident in the knowledge that they will be supported every step of the way.

Next Step Blackburn

Next Step Blackburn has developed an outstanding reputation for its support of young people through the transition from the school environment to the adult community. The program is the best of its kind, supporting participants while encouraging a high degree of autonomy as they take an active role in planning out their futures.

Participants learn practical skills they can use in their community every day, with over 60 per cent taking up volunteering or work opportunities with local businesses and organisations as a direct result of their participation.

Next Step Dandenong

Burke and Beyond has been successfully operating the Next Step program in the eastern region of Melbourne since 2010 with fantastic results for our participants. Where the Next Step is different from other disability providers is that it is a true transition service, where participants join us when they finish their high school and stay with the service for 3 or 4 years. During that period of time, the focus is on establishing the skills that are necessary for the young person to move towards an inclusive life in their community.

The program is designed to support the needs of young people with a disability as they transition from the school environment to adult life. The program is the first of its kind and whilst participants will be well supported, a high level of autonomy will be encouraged in the planning of their career path.

School Leaver Employment Supports (SLES)

The School Leaver Employment Supports is a program funded by the NDIS which is targeted at young adults with a disability having finished year 12. This program is supporting young people to develop the necessary skills to increase their chances of open employment in the future.

In order to qualify, students must be assessed whilst still at school.


Burke and Beyond has developed a curriculum which addresses the training needs of their participants in the program.


National Disability Insurance Scheme

Burke and Beyond is a registered NDIS provider in Melbourne

NDIS is an Australian National initiative

NDIS provides choice and control for people with a disability

NDIS is a new way of providing support to people with a disability

2 days ago

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As part of our Sports and Recreation Course, we are doing at Box Hill Tafe we are learning the role of a Sports Property Steward, making checklists and checking them twice. We then practiced our skills back at Burke and Beyond checking what sports equipment we have and what is in working order. ... See MoreSee Less

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3 days ago

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Next Step Dandenong Women’s Group enjoyed a day of browsing around the Queen Victoria Market in Melbourne. We saw lots of fun and interesting craft items and food. We met lots of store people and talked to them about the cool items they make and sell. ... See MoreSee Less

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4 days ago

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Last Saturday we went on an awesome Yarra River Cruise, it was amazing weather and we had a relaxing and enjoyable cruise. Seeing Melbourne from a new angle and learning about our history, and buildings you rarely see. Looking forward to our next weekend event. ... See MoreSee Less

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6 days ago

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Have you seen Minute to Win It on TV? At Bayswater Next Step's Friday Night Social, we tried our hand at some tricky challenges inspired by the show. The aim of this task was to suck through the straw in order to pick up and transfer all of the M&M's from one bowl to the other. This helped us to practice our agility and coordination skills, and it was lots of fun! ... See MoreSee Less

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7 days ago

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Just as powerful as those we impact with all our efforts is those we have on this incredible journey.

Each Tuesday a group of legends from Burke & Beyond volunteer with us and there is simply no hiding our love for Sam!! However..... he’s leaving us!!!!! Congrats on your new role at Carlton Football Club and just know we will now be singing to John Farnham classics alone and missing your bear hugs!

Look after him Carlton, or we will pinch him back! We are pretty good at this pinching thing you know! 😜
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Explore whats happening at Burke & Beyond
  • Next Step Bayswater and Blackburn participants are excited with the launch of Sports and Recreation Taster course at Box Hill Institute. This opportunity has come from the great collaboration between Kew Neighbourhood House, Box Hill Institute and Staff at Next Step.    “After the taster,......

  • We are currently looking for a variety of volunteers to support, assist and facilitate a variety of programs at Burke and Beyond.   If you are interested, we would love to hear from you. Go to our Volunteering section under our people and either complete......

  • It is with great pride and happiness we congratulate Trevor Eddy, President of our Board for being awarded the “Citizen of the Year” by the City of Whitehorse.    Trevor was presented this prestigious  award at a ceremony held in Box Hill on 26th January......

  • As of 1st July 2019 the NDIS Quality and Safeguards Commission comes into effect. This is an independent agency promoting participant access to NDIS supports and services which foster choice, control and dignity.    To read more about the Quality and Safeguards Commission follow this......

Inclusion that counts

Our Philosophy

At Burke and Beyond, we believe that small is beautiful. One of the main differences between us and many other service providers is that we limit the size of our services to 30 people, and we do that in each of our locations.

Our Story

Discussions about the establishment of Burke and Beyond started in 1990 when the then Community Services Victoria approached us to form a legally Incorporated Association to host a day program for 12 to 15 people who were at the time living at Kew Residential Services.

Mission Statement

To improve lives through social interaction, personal development and community participation.