About US


Young people are supported to discover a sense of belonging in their community and are encouraged to follow their interests and explore their potential. 

Vulnerable youth are encouraged to improve their lives and overcome their barriers and we advocate for those in need.

We work with youth to connect them to education, work, leadership and skill development opportunities because we know better connected and better supported young people have better mental health outcomes.


Our history

We were established to support the recovery of young people following the 2009 Black Saturday Bushfires.    

Ellimatta is a word from the Wurundjeri people meaning “Our Home” and was named in respect and recognition of the original Owners of the Land. 

The building of the Ellimatta Youth Centre is warmly attributed to Rotary International and the great work by Rotarians and friends worldwide.  Members of the Kinglake community worked tirelessly to see Ellimatta service and building come to fruition.  

We operate as a primary and early intervention youth organisation offering a range of programs, supports and opportunities for youth that lead to positive mental health, wellbeing and social outcomes.



Mentally Healthy Youth

Goal: The mental health and wellbeing of young people requires continued effort across the community and is a key consideration of all our work.

Delivering Youth Services by the Code

Goal: We provide consistent, responsive and professional services to young people guided by the Code of Ethical Practice

The Youth Voice

Goal: To provide an environment where young people are valued, respected, encouraged to participate and learn leadership.

Partnerships and Stakeholder Engagement

Goal: Create ongoing community, government and business partnerships for the benefit of young people.

Organisational Capability

Goal: To be an organisation recognised for delivering quality youth services underpinned by good governance.


Our documents

Our organisation is a registered charity with the Australian Charities and Not-for-profit Commission.  We are guided by our Rules of Association, Strategic Plan and the Code of Ethical Practice in Youth Work.  Click on the below icons to download. 

Strategic Plan

Our Strategic Plan is reviewed every two years and guides the organisation for a four year period.

Annual Report

Our latest Annual Report covers highlights from the year and prepared financial statements.

ACNC Listed

We are proud to be an approved charity registered with the ACNC and reporting annually.


Ellimatta Rules

The Rules of Association provide all necessary information required for governing our organisation.


Child Safety Policy

This document demonstrates our commitment to child safety and outlines policy and procedures.

Ethical Practice

Our practice is guided by the YACVIC’s Code of Ethical Practice in Youth Work.  

Our people

A dedicated team of people who care about the future of our young people and work together to fulfil our mission and vision.

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We operate on a part-time basis.  We will get back to you as soon as possible.