Beacon Students

End Of Financial Year Appeal


We know that not completing Year 12 and not achieving well in school are predictors of later outcomes and that young people who are not fully engaged in education or employment (or a combination of both) are at greater risk of unemployment and employment insecurity in the longer term. Shockingly in Australia today 40% of young Australians in disadvantaged areas are not completing high school and nearly 30% of young Australians are unemployed or underemployed.

Beacon has the solution, but we need your help.

Beacon Foundation has a practical approach to address this situation, working with over 100 school communities across Australia.  It’s a supported community-led approach to collaborative education involving business, parents and schools supporting the education of our young people, helping them to be either earning or learning at this vulnerable transition point in their lives.

In this end of Financial Year Appeal we are asking for YOUR help to develop our new eBeacon initiative that will allow us to expand our reach to THOUSANDS MORE young Australian across the country, blending our on-the-ground work with a revolutionary digital platform.


Beacon has DGR charity status so all tax deductions over $2 are tax deductable.

Together we can achieve real results to help change the future for a generation of young Australians across the country.

Thank you for your support.

Scott Harris
Beacon Foundation

$15 million to revitalise education in Tasmania

Image Caption: (L-R) Paul Ramsay Foundation CEO Simon Freemam, Beacon Chairman Greg Woolley and Beacon CEO Scott Harris at today’s announcement.


Media Release

Wednesday 1 June 2016

$15 million to revitalise education in Tasmania

The Beacon Foundation, Paul Ramsay Foundation and Tasmanian Government today announced a partnership that will pilot a change to the way young Tasmanians are educated.

In one of the largest private investments in public education in Australia, the five-year project is funded by a $10 million commitment from Paul Ramsay Foundation, Australia’s largest philanthropic group, along with a $5 million co-contribution from the Tasmanian Government.

Building on the long term success of Beacon’s national education model, the initiative will directly increase resourcing for Tasmanian schools with a higher level of disadvantaged students. The project will focus on collaborative education, where businesses, parents and educators work together to provide relevant and engaging education.

Beacon CEO Scott Harris believes this announcement is a fantastic opportunity to address the issue of poor educational attainment in Tasmania. “We need a system that connects young people to the world outside the classroom, with more opportunities for students to develop ideas about themselves and what they want to do,” Mr Harris said. “With an approach that complements the existing My Education program, that’s built on a strong evidence base, trained and supported staff and substantial funding, we believe we can help at least 90% of students at the schools involved in the project successfully complete year 12.”

“We are delighted to be part of this partnership with Beacon and the Tasmanian Government,” said Paul Ramsay Foundation CEO Simon Freeman. “Paul Ramsay was a huge believer that a good education can empower and equip young people for success, which is why it forms one of the key areas of focus for the Foundation today. As an organisation we have been looking to invest in proven models that help drive systemic change across education and inspires young people to fulfil their potential and we see Beacon as an ideal model for this.”

Beacon Chairman Greg Woolley said, “Beacon is honoured to have received the support of the Paul Ramsay Foundation and Tasmanian Government to pilot this collaborative education model. Mr Ramsay was a remarkable Australian and I have no doubt that he would see this project as being particularly beneficial to young Tasmanians. We also appreciate the significant commitment of the Tasmanian Government, particularly of Premier Hodgman, Deputy Premier Rockliff and Minister Groom, in seeking to enhance the learning opportunities available to Tasmanian students.”

For Further Media Information and Interviews

Beacon Foundation

‘Beacon & Egg McMuffin’ Day 2016

McDonald’s and Beacon: Joining forces to raise awareness and funds for Beacon programs that work to up-skill and motivate young Tasmanians onto better futures.

We are delighted to announce that McDonald’s are once again partnering with Beacon to host our annual ‘Beacon & Egg Breakfast’ in Tasmanian restaurants on Wednesday 23rd March, 2016.

Please help to support and generate awareness of this exciting initiative by pre-ordering and spreading the word through your networks and on social media.

To pre-order simply email or hand in your order form to your local McDonald’s restaurant by Monday 21st March.

Pre Order Now      Thank you and we look forward to your involvement.


Look out for more information in Macca’s restaurants around Tasmania.

Tasmania North  Burnie, Devonport, Devonport Homemaker Centre, Invermay,  Kings Meadows, South Launceston, Ulverstone

Tasmania South Bridgewater, Hobart, Kingston, Moonah, New Norfolk, North Hobart, Northgate, Rosny Park, Sandy Bay, Sorell

Federal Group and Beacon Join Forces for future TAS Hospitality Jobs

Media Release

Tuesday 23rd February

Federal Group and Beacon Foundation join forces for Tasmania’s future Hospitality Industry workforce

The Federal Group and Beacon Foundation are pleased to announce the establishment of a new partnership to assist young Tasmanian’s into careers in the state’s flourishing Tourism and Hospitality sector.

The partnership will provide secondary school students with access to a range of career exploration and work readiness activities at Federal Group locations around Tasmania and is aimed at promoting awareness of the diverse range of career opportunities that the sector has to offer both now and into the future.

The announcement comes after the successful completion of a Hospitality Industry pilot program with Country Club Tasmania that provided Launceston students the opportunity to participate in a work shadowing experience at 2015’s Mad Hatter’s Ball and has resulted in students undertaking employment with the company.
Federal Group Corporate Affairs Director Daniel Hanna said the company was looking forward to working with the Beacon Foundation.

“Federal Group is proud to be able to assist the Beacon Foundation to deliver on its fantastic projects, which have been shown time and again to have a positive impact on the lives of many young Tasmanians,” Mr Hanna said.

“The Beacon Foundation is one of many organisations Federal Group supports in delivering programs and outcomes for our communities, and it gives us great pleasure to play a small role in their valuable work.”

“Federal Group, as industry leaders, continue to promote careers in the tourism and hospitality sector and we are looking forward to showing students the great opportunities that can exist in the industry – both within the Federal Group and beyond.”

Beacon Foundation Chief Executive Scott Harris said it is a great opportunity to assist more young Tasmanian’s.

“The Beacon Foundation is committed to helping young Tasmanians transition successfully from education into employment – we are delighted to be partnering with the Federal Group who are leaders in an industry that is fundamental to Tasmania’s future.”

“These are exciting times for Tourism and Hospitality in Tasmania, and these partnerships will ensure the next generation of young Tasmanians fully understand the great opportunities that the sector can offer them,” Mr Harris said.

Country Club Tasmania General Manager Jackie Hutchinson said the new partnership would build on the success of a recent collaboration with the Beacon Foundation.

Country Club worked with Beacon last year to provide a number of young people with workplace learning opportunities, which resulted in a number being offered roles in the company.

“The opportunity to provide real-world experiences and on the job training for the young people that Beacon supports is so important, and we are fortunate to have caring and skilled staff to provide them with the guidance and training they need.”

17-year-old student Kyle Cox-McKinnon, who was a participant in work shadowing event last year, is now undertaking Commercial Cookery VET Course at Newstead College and is intending to seek a Chef Apprenticeship once completed.

“Working at the Mad Hatter’s Ball gave me a great taste of being a chef – I loved it and now have decided this is the career that I would like to pursue”

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For Further Media Information:
Nick Probert
State Manager – Tasmania, Beacon Foundation
m: 0459 027 877



Beacon and Egg Breakfast – A tasty way to show you care!

We are delighted to announce that McDonald’s are once again partnering with Beacon to host our annual ‘Beacon & Egg Breakfast’ in Tasmanian restaurants on Wednesday, September 9th (6-10:30am), joining forces to raise awareness and funds for Beacon’s work in supporting Tasmania’s young people. Pre Orders Now Closed


‘Beacon & Egg McMuffin’ anyone?

$1 from the sale of every ‘Beacon & Egg McMuffin’ will be donated back to Beacon to support young Tasmanians!



We are eager to get our message out to as many people as possible; all money raised will go towards supporting Tasmanian Beacon schools and programs!

Please help to support and generate awareness of this exciting initiative by pre ordering (now closed) and spreading the word through your networks and on social media.  How about getting your whole office together for breakfast to share in the celebration?

Pre Orders Now Closed

A tasty way to show you care!


Look out for more information in Macca’s restaurants around Tasmania.

Tasmania North  Burnie, Devonport, Devonport Homemaker Centre, Invermay,  Kings Meadows, South Launceston, Ulverstone

Tasmania South Bridgewater, Hobart, Kingston, Moonah, New Norfolk, North Hobart, Northgate, Rosny Park, Sandy Bay, Sorell

Young Tasmanians prepare for work at Parliament house

This week Beacon conducted three High Impact Programs (HIPs) for young Tasmanian Secondary students at Parliament House, with support from partner My State.  Across three days 80 students from Claremont College, Cosgrove High School and the Jordan River Learning Federation were given the work readiness skills to help improve their employment opportunities, with students from Jordan River fortunate to have the opportunity to personally introduce themselves to the Premier and Treasure and to hear insights into their first jobs and the greatest piece of advice given across their careers to date.

For over 10 years Beacon’s HIP programs have been empowering young people with critical life skills, helping them to understand and develop the employability and social skills employers are looking for. The course content includes teaching skills to allow young people to converse with business people, appropriate dress codes in the business place and preparation for interviews.

Beacon have a unique approach to build a work ready, engaged and productive future workforce for Australia, by helping to combine the forces of schools, corporate Australia, business, community and family to provide powerful outcomes that each individual group cannot achieve alone.

Anthony Stewart (National Manager Social Enterprise at Beacon) said, “Beacon understands that the transition from secondary school to further education, employment or training is one of the most important in setting students up for success in life. We need to mobilise support for our youth while they are still at school.”

“Our HIP programs help make young people work ready, they give students the chance to directly engage with industry increasing their employment opportunities”, said Mr Stewart. “With our partners, such as My State, we are putting into place programs in Tasmania and across the country that actively make a difference.”

In 2015 Beacon’s HIP Work Readiness programs have been extended to include all secondary school years and also now includes co-facilitation opportunities for Industry partners.

More information about Beacon’s High Impact Programs can be found on our HIP pages.

SA: Helping disadvantaged teens prepare for work

7 News SA : Hundreds of South Australian students are gaining vital skills through a get into work program, with some even landing their first jobs. Gertie Taylor

A great example of the work being done across the country by Beacon to help young people from disadvantaged backgrounds gain valuable work experience that leads to real jobs.

Watch 7News Story

Beacon’s new COO Announced

Beacon is excited to announce David O’Byrne as our new Chief Operating Officer. David, former Minister for Economic Development and recent National Secretary of United Voice, will commence his employment in mid-July. This role will be critical in ensuring we are ready for the exciting growth period ahead and sharpen the focus on changing the way that young people are educated and employed in Australia.


QLD: Troubled teens gain training to ease transition from school to work

Thank you to ABC News for the coverage of a fabulous endorsement of the work of the Beacon Foundation. The impact of linking business with schools is invaluable. Hope we can help may more young people at Bundamba State Secondary College and our other schools around the country. Staples provide marvellous opportunities with workplace traineeships for young people who just need a bit of a helping hand.

Watch ABC Story

Reporter: Craig Berkman

Recruiting Closed – Chief Financial Officer

Thank you for your interest, applications are now closed.

We are looking for a Chief Financial Officer who is not only an experienced financial manager but who is also passionate about making a difference to the futures of young people and making a significant contribution to their local community.

Reporting to the Chief Executive, this role is an exciting opportunity to fully utilise your expertise to manage the day to day financial viability of the Beacon Foundation and provide strong leadership to further develop our financial processes and policies through consultation with the Chief Executive.

Find out more about this exciting opportunity please view PD.

To enquire about this position please contact Scott Harris (Chief Executive) on 0407 884 384.

To apply email your application including a cover letter and resume to

Applications close 14 June 2015