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.


Please note, the safety of our service users, staff and community members is our priority. Due to COVID-19, the Open Place Drop In Centre, regular activities, outreach and social support groups are not currently operating. Open Place is continuing to provide counselling and support via telephone.

As of 1 July 2020, Relationships Australia Victoria (RAV) is the provider of Open Place, a specialised, state-wide support and advocacy service that co-ordinates and provides direct assistance to support the needs of people who grew up in Victorian orphanages and homes during the last century, also known as Pre-1990 Care Leavers, or Forgotten Australians.


Please note: we are currently experiencing a high volume of calls to our Open Place phone number - 1800 779 379 – in addition to some disruptions to our phone lines. We are working to resolve this issue as quickly as possible and appreciate your understanding during this time.

We know your time is valuable, so please leave us a message with your name and a contact phone number, and we’ll get back to you as soon as possible. Alternatively, you can email us at

Open Place provides the following services:

  • Records searches and family searches
  • Counselling
  • Social support groups
  • Co-ordinated support
  • National Redress support
  • Community education.

It also operates a Drop In Centre in Richmond, which provides a space for Pre-1990 Care Leavers/Forgotten Australians to come and meet, chat over a meal, access computers and printers, shower, engage in activities and enjoy a weekly community lunch.

Detailed information on these services is available on the Open Place website. Visit

Contact Open Place

Pre-1990 Care Leavers/Forgotten Australians can contact Open Place for support or information about their current services.

The Open Place Drop In Centre is located at Suite 1 / 8 Bromham Place, Richmond.

Opening hours

9am to 5pm, Monday to Friday

Drop In Centre:
Monday, Tuesday, Thursday 10am - 4pm
Wednesday 12pm - 4pm
Friday 10am - 3pm

Please note that the Drop In Centre is currently closed due to COVID-19.

The Open Place suite of services is funded by the Victorian Government Department of Health and Human Services and the Australian Government Department of Social Services.