connectEDspace - support for young people

Young people can face all sorts of pressures – including problems at school, with friends or at home.
connectEDspace is a website by Relationships Australia Victoria (RAV), dedicated to young people to help provide all the information they need to deal with the stuff they go through each day.

Aboriginal Family and Relationship Support

RAV provides support to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander families and individuals to help strengthen family relationships.

Counselling provides an opportunity to talk with a professionally trained person to discuss couple issues, conflicts with friends, relationship breakdown, parenting, domestic violence, anxiety, depression, grief, sexual problems, childhood sexual abuse, stress and work related tensions and disputes.


We are continuing to support people safely during the coronavirus (COVID-19) crisis.

Relationships Australia Victoria Counselling and Support Information for Professionals  [PDF 212KB]

Relationships Australia Victoria Counselling and Support Information for Professionals  [DOCX 35KB]

The Royal Commission into Violence, Abuse, Neglect and Exploitation of People with Disability (the Disability Royal Commission) is investigating the mistreatment of people with a disability in Australia. It will run for three years from 2019 to 2022.

Relationships Australia Victoria (RAV) is offering mid-term counselling and support to people in Victoria who are affected by the Disability Royal Commission.

Who is this information for?

This information is for professionals and service providers working with people with a disability, their families, friends, carers, allies and support workers.

A ‘disability’ refers to a restriction or impairment which may be physical, sensory, cognitive or psycho-social.

Our service offers:

  • information about the Disability Royal Commission.
  • support in deciding whether and how to make a submission.
  • a safe and confidential space for clients to debrief their experiences.
  • psychological and emotional support for people making a submission.
  • information around the impacts of trauma, and skills and strategies to manage these impacts.
  • help to access other services such as legal, advocacy, financial, housing, and physical and mental
  • health support, including through warm referrals.
  • collaboration with other Disability Royal Commission support services.


Anyone in Victoria who feels impacted by the Commission, including people with a disability, their families, friends, carers, allies and/or support workers.


This service is fully funded by the Australian Government Department of Social Services and provided at no cost to clients.


Our service can be provided face-to-face at one of our centres in Sunshine, Melbourne, Kew, Boronia, Ballarat, Cranbourne and Greensborough, over the telephone, or via video-conferencing. Home visits may be possible under exceptional circumstances.

Number of sessions

Each client can access 6-10 counselling sessions. This can be reviewed at the conclusion of the sessions and followed with a further 6-10 sessions if required.


60-90 minutes per session.

Session frequency

Weekly, fortnightly or monthly.


A referral is not needed to access the service. However, we welcome warm referrals from other services andprofessionals where this will support clients.

Contact us

For more information, or to refer someone to the service, contact us.

1800 317 387 (for the cost of a local call)



Relationships Australia Victoria is one of the two organisations in Victoria providing a Counselling and Support Service for People Affected by the Royal Commission. drummond street services is the other organisation.