Awards Victoria is always on the lookout for opportunities that provide young people with meaningful and enriching experiences.

The Big Issue Classroom (TBIC) provides students with real-life insight into homelessness, marginalisation and disadvantage, as experienced by thousands of Australians every night. It’s a growing problem, with the last Census showing homelessness increased by 20% in Victoria alone and more than a quarter of Australia’s homeless are aged under 18.

TBIC’s workshops are a great entry point for students interested in pursuing homelessness or disadvantage as part of their Service activities, by:

Creating awareness of the issue and context in Australia

Giving students the change to hear from someone who has experienced homelessness, and is making steps to positively change their lives

Building empathy, breaking down stereotypes and boundaries within our community

Providing an employment opportunity for a person experiencing homeless and disadvantage

Teacher resources, including how to create a community project, are included with each workshop.

This year, TBIC has launched its new eClassroom – an innovative and interactive way of delivering live workshops to students in their classrooms, via the internet using webinar technology. eClassrooms are a great way of delivering the same quality resource to schools who may face challenges around travelling to the city for face-to-face workshops, especially those in regional and rural areas.

Since 2009, more than 30,000 students have experienced workshops with TBIC, giving more than 20 people experiencing homelessness and disadvantage 1300+ paid work opportunities.

For more info, including curriculum and VELS relevance, and eClassroom or face-to-face workshop bookings, visit or email

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