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.


Balwyn is surrounded by a large open spaces, a thriving garden and adjacent to parkland which is unique for promoting a healthy lifestyle for participants.

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

16 hours ago

Burke & Beyond

The Market stand that Burke and Beyond and Kew Neighbourhood Learning Center Carpentry course is refurbishing is looking fantastic. It is squared up and now we are up to painting it, and already it is looking absolutely amazing. We are so proud of our work and everyone is looking forward to seeing the finished product. ... See MoreSee Less

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2 days ago

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The Travel Training Group at Next Step Blackburn Went to Goschs Paddock, where the Collingwood Football Club trains. It was a great day and showed us how using travel training skills can get us to our favorite places. ... See MoreSee Less

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3 days ago

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Blackburn Next Step have been learning how to cook a hearty minestrone soup. Lots of ingredients requires lots of team work. Our minestrone soup turned out fantastically and we are excited to show off our cooking skills at home. ... See MoreSee Less

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4 days ago

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As part of Fun Friday Night Social, we got to go to the Rack-em-up Pool Hall in Lillydale. Where we all had a great time learning how to play pool or showing off our skills with a pool cue. It was a great night where everyone got involved. ... See MoreSee Less

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7 days ago

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The old fruit market stand Burke and Beyond Next Step Carpentry course are refurbishing, is coming along nicely. We have replaced and sanded all the pieces of wood to make the stand look like new. With a bit of thinking we figured out how to put all the pieces together. The next job will be to varnish the wood to make it look amazing. ... See MoreSee Less

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  • Make a coffee, curl up on the couch, climb into bed, relax in front of the heater or sip on soup, either way, enjoy reading the latest copy of the Burke and Beyond Newsletter   Winter Newsletter...

  • “This is me” celebrates young people with disabilities expressing themselves, sharing their stories, building confidences and demonstrating their abilities with creative performing arts. On Thursday 13th of June, participants from Burke and Beyond’s Next Step programs released their inner talents and in a packed venue......

  • This week Next Step- Dandenong celebrated National Volunteer Week with an afternoon presentation of certificates to participants who volunteer in community and the volunteers who assist them.    The Healthy Living group prepared afternoon goodies for everyone to share and enjoy. Well done, thank you......

  • Each week a group of participants from Dandenong assist The Salvation Army to load pallets and pack trailers full of donated goodies to be delivered and provided to people less fortunate.    Our crew of dedicated volunteers really enjoy working here and helping The Salvation......

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.