About Us

Ladder is an independent not-for-profit organisation established in 2007 to help young people aged 16 - 25 break the cycle of homelessness.

Ladder gives young people the tools to take control of their lives, transition to independence and achieve their potential.

We provide a mix of housing, support services and personal development programs at Ladder Foyers and at other Foyers in Victoria, South Australia and Western Australia. Ladder also runs an employment, education and training program in Western Sydney, which supports young people exiting out-of-home care.

Our approach to working with young people is to focus on their strengths and what they can achieve, moving away from the cycle of disadvantage and negativity they may have experienced in their lives. It is about developing self confidence and helping young people to identify and achieve their life goals.

Ladder currently operates in Collingwood, Broadmeadows, Glen Waverley, Geelong, Bendigo, Warrnambool, Mount Druitt (NSW), Adelaide and Perth, with plans to have a presence within each region that hosts an AFL team by 2020.

Find out more about our programs here.

AFL Industry

Ladder was founded by three AFL players who wanted to do more to help tackle youth homelessness. As a result, Ladder works closely with the AFL Players’ Association, the AFL and the players themselves.

The collective efforts of the AFL industry is making a significant difference in the lives of young people involved in Ladder's various programs.

Find out more here.


That young people who have experienced homelessness can transition into independent living and reach their true potential.


  1. Committed: We are transparent, efficient and accountable.
  2. Innovative: We are solution focused, collaborative and progressive.
  3. Passionate: We care about our people, the issue of youth homelessness and the mission of our organisation.


To empower young people to break the cycle of homelessness by harnessing the support of the AFL industry’s profile, networks and players.