Free digital programs funded by
the AUSTRALIAN GOVERNMENT department of education

Access to free wellbeing digital courses for your STUDENTS:

Burn Bright’s new digital courses have been funded by the Australian Government Department of Education to provide targeted wellbeing support through Free Digital Programs for schools in NSW, VIC and ACT from low socioeconomic, rural, and regional areas targeted for students in key transitions years of Year 6, Year 7, Year 9 and Year 11.

Burn Brights Digital Programs will be delivered as part of the Federal Department of Education Emerging Priorities Program.


What are the objectives of Burn Brights Emerging Priorities Program Digital Programs:
Provide specific support for the mental health and wellbeing of students impacted by COVID-19 lockdowns and restrictions, specifically those in transition from years 6, 7, 9 and 11
The courses will generate more vitality, higher self-efficacy, greater  wellbeing and reduced instances of mental ill-health; and
 Can be flexibly implemented in schools and homes. 


A snapshot of what to expect:

Continue your student’s wellbeing journey with our digital courses. These courses include individual student logins, downloadable PDF’s of student responses to review student progress and teacher lesson plans – this online program is ready to be experienced in your classroom today.


Who is Burn Bright?

Burn Bright exists to help Australia’s young people flourish and understand that they can make a difference in the world. By equipping them with the ability to support their wellbeing and build positive relationships, we help them to help them to become active participants, creating positive impact on the world and those around them. We achieve this through wellbeing and leadership in person programs, National Camps and Digital Programs.

We have worked with more than 100,00 young people since 2014 and are dedicated to helping them realise their full potential and create a positive impact in their communities.

All of our programs, both face to face and digital are experiential and immersive and have proven impact. Tailored to primary and secondary students, they are designed to help develop skills for young people to lead themselves and others.


See if your school is eligible

In order for a school to be eligible and register for Burn Brights Emerging Priorities Program Free Digital Programs, a school will need to fall into one of the below categories:

Be based in either NSW, VIC or ACT.


Have an ICSEA (Index of Community Socio-Educational Advantage)
below 1000.


Belong to a regional or rural school community


Module Topics: Relationships, Courage, Teamwork, Passions

Example of one of the FOUR modules broken down:
Module - Relationships

Find - So, what are relationships? To define relationships, outline what they mean/look like for Year 6?
Make - Friends are important to me. Right? Why it is crucial to have good relationships with the people around us; what purpose do relationships serve to our mental health and wellbeing?
Keep - How can I be a good friend? What are some practical ways Year 6 can build new relationships; what are some practical ways that Year 6 can maintain these healthy relationships?


Module Topics: Relationships, Courage, Teamwork, Passions

Example of one of the FOUR modules broken down:
Module - Courage

What does Courage look like for me? Defining courage for Year 7 and how they can use it at the start of high school.
Courage is Courage, no matter how big or small. Courage comes in many different forms and doesn't have to be the biggest act (physical courage/social courage). Strategies to help develop courage and start somewhere.
Be Brave! Be Courageous! Acting out our courage and ways to practice being courageous not only personally but for the people around us.


Module Topics: Relationships, Strengths, Grit, Values

Example of one of the FOUR modules broken down:
Module - Values

Who am I? What are my values? Exploring relationships and what they look like in Yr 9 - both online and offline. Continuing to build 1) new relationships, and 2) strategies to develop existing relationships.
The Compass - Why are my values important to me? Discussing the difference that strong relationships make to our lives. Managing expectations - what should one expect from their friends to help support them in positive and negative circumstances?
LET’S GO! How can I live out my values every day? Discussing cliques and the important relationships have on uniting a year group. Strategies of how to branch out and promote fluidity within friendship circles. Asking 1) what are ways I can continue to have good friendships? 2) Self-reflection - what are ways I can continue to be a GOOD friend?


Module Topics: Relationships, Strengths, Grit, Values

Example of one of the FOUR modules broken down:
Module - Strengths

What are strengths? Defining what character strengths are. VIA Character Strengths Survey.
Using our strengths for self-awareness: developing strengths, appreciating strengths in ourselves and others, practicing our strengths.
Over and misuse of character strengths: how to use our character strengths well in order to flourish.
Students at a Mental Health Forum
Student at NLC


What do the courses involve?

  • Upon school registration, the courses will be delivered over a four-week intervention period of mental health and wellbeing support to all participants, which includes a minimum of four 40-minute modules per year grade.
  • The courses have been designed to be completed by each participant at a pace suitable for their individual school and/or individual home circumstances.
  • The courses have a stop/start functionality to support young people working at their own pace.
  • The courses will involve clips, quizzes, interactive reflection activities as well as short and long response questions. Students will be assessed throughout the modules to ensure the content has been reviewed, allowing them to progress to the next module.
  • Students will have the option to download a PDF of their course responses to provide to their teachers for follow-up learning.

What is required from your school?

  • Access to the courses will be granted based on an agreed-upon completion of 90% of students registered.
  • The courses will be completed over a four-week period.
  • All students registered will complete the pre and post-survey integrated into the courses based on the Australian Government Department of Education grant/program requirements.
  • All participating schools to agree with the Terms and Conditions of participating in the Emerging Priorities Program.
  • All schools need to receive support from the school Principal or Senior Executive.
  • All schools to receive parental/guardian student permission that is managed and recorded internally by each school.



EPP Form

Emerging Priorities Eligibility Checker and Enquiry Form

Please complete the below steps to ensure your school is eligible to participate in the free Burn Bright Digital Programs. If you are eligible you will be asked to enter your contact details and one of our team will be in touch within 48 hours to set up your schools enrolment. 

Unfortunately you are not eligible to access this program but we would still love to talk to you about Burn Bright Digital programs. Please complete your details and we will be in touch with you!

(02) 8070 9217

Anytime between 9am and 5pm Mon - Fri

Email: info@burnbright.org.au

I found Burn Bright in the midst of studying civil engineering at the University of Wollongong, just as I wanted a richer, deeper, more full experience of life.

Through Burn Bright, I have met many students and volunteers who are all seeking to find their place in the world. When we come together at NLC or SLC, no matter our age, we begin on the same page, of wanting to do good for ourselves, our community, and the world. And then we are thrown into a program that brings us closer to each other, our purpose, and how to bring forth this impact. It’s like having your cake and eating it too.

Volunteering with Burn Bright stoked a fire in me – It helped me feel comfortable in myself and made me realise life isn’t just about work, study, or productivity, but our relationships and how we connect with others along the way.

I have learned skills in videography, worked for a top-tier corporation in marketing, and most recently published a book called “18 and lost? So were we” 

I have a passion for storytelling, bring loads of energy wherever I go, and am dedicated to helping young people move through the initiation of leaving high school and going into the ‘real world’. 

The best part for me is being able to stay connected to the latest generation growing through high school. To see them grow, expand and express more of themselves is like watching an artwork paint itself. It’s magic.

I am Simon Thurston, a Kiwi based in Perth. I work as an Instructional Designer and in my spare time I enjoy reading, running, and board games.

Since my initial connection to Burn Bright I have been onboard with their mission. Burn Bright’s focus on building the capabilities enables students of all ages to see how they can shape their world through connections with others and their own self discovery.

Seeing others grow, learn, and open up is what keeps me coming back, to help others realise their potential and how they can influence their future and their community is a definite highlight. It’s infectious, the atmosphere when they run a program or camp is welcoming, exciting, emotional, and rewarding all in one.



Hi, friends! I’m Kelsie, a psychologist from central QLD working in private practice. I got involved with Burn Bright officially in 2016, but the journey started long before that. I attended the National Leadership Camp (now hosted annually by Burn Bright) in 2009. It had such a profound impact on me that I returned as a mentor and volunteer. Those connections ultimately lead me to joining the Burn Bright team as an adult.

When I transitioned from facilitating with the Burn Bright team to working as a psychologist, I was so grateful for an incredible foundation of skills (particularly facilitation, communication and interpersonal skills) along with a strong grounding in positive psychology that Burn Bright integrates into their ethos.

I can’t imagine my life without volunteering for Burn Bright. I have met some of my dearest friends through the Burn Bright crew. I’ve found that volunteering for BB is rewarding, humbling, and often brings as much personal growth for the volunteer as it does for the young person.

From a professional perspective, I love that Burn Bright programs/camps support the adolescent individuation process by providing an exciting and supportive environment for teens to explore their own sense of self, personality, identify and values alongside other young people.

Imagine this POV: you’re back at school wanting to figure everything out and fit in – and you find
yourself in a room with amazing music that uplifts you and hooks you in. You meet the team of
dynamic, interesting, caring facilitators whose own friendships inspire you. Their facilitation skills bring about amazing light-bulb moments and lessons that light a fire inside you… It makes me want to feel that for myself again. The next best thing, for me, is volunteering for the team who passes that on to other young people.

My start at Burn Bright is one of the best cases of one door closing and another door opening. After losing my job at a local pub while on uni holidays, I started looking for new opportunities that were different and decided to volunteer. Searching for opportunities, I found working bees, community driving and nursing home visits, but the chance to become a National Leadership Camp intern stood out. Over nearly six months, I worked with the team to pull off Burn Bright’s first National Leadership Camp, and had an absolute blast in the process. After camp, I started working for Burn Bright while studying, doing anything and everything — data analysis, hiring strategy and even picking up furniture.

Finishing up working for Burn Bright in 2019, I am still actively involved with the Burn Bright volunteer community. I’ve found that the emphasis placed on investing in your relationships, understanding your values and making an impact allow you to be accepted for you. This has given me the tools needed to make the difficult decisions that life will inevitably throw at you. Besides all that, I’ve had a ton of fun and formed life-long friendships with people I may have never crossed paths with otherwise. “Get involved — you’ll change your life for the better and make life‑long friends in the process”.

I am a health science student from Perth wanting to get into the mental health realm of occupational therapy. In the meantime, I work as a barista and supervisor at a beachside café. In my spare time, I love to play netball, be around my friends and I have just gotten into crocheting. I went to Perth College where I was lucky enough to go to the first Perth College Leadership Camp in 2018 as a student and absolutely loved it. What really drew me in was the atmosphere that was created, the open conversations, and the lasting relationships formed.

Since then I have been a mentor for the Perth College Leadership Camp in 2019, 2020, and 2021 and had the opportunity to go to the National Leadership Camp in 2019. When Burn Bright comes to Perth I also love helping out at their programs as much as I can.

Volunteering for Burn Bright has given me so much that I could never have imagined. I have learned so much about myself and I have so much more confidence in myself and my abilities that I know I wouldn’t have had if I wasn’t exposed to the amazing opportunities volunteering for Burn Bright has given me. Before being involved I would never have seen myself being a mentor, role model, and facilitator to students, but now I can confidently say that I am, and I have made an impact on others that I am proud of. I have also made so many meaningful connections to so many amazing people from all around Australia through Burn Bright. I get asked quite a bit why I keep coming back to my old school to volunteer and it’s simply because I was given this amazing opportunity to be a part of the Burn Bright programs and if I can help facilitate that experience to someone else then why wouldn’t I?

I was born in Perth and moved to Sydney in my early 20’s to continue work as a youth worker and surfboard maker. This was followed by 30 years working in IT as a computer programmer.

Following retirement in 2016 I searched for an organisation that was aligned with my values of servant leadership and service, especially in the youth space. This search led to Burn Bright where I am now volunteering one day a week and mentoring at the National Leadership Camp. Volunteering with Burn Bright gives me a great deal of hope and confidence in the next generation of leaders. It is a pleasure to be a part of the Burn Bright family.

I have been married to Denise for 41 years and we both very much feel part of the Burn Bright team.

When not at Burn Bright you may find me running along Manly beach, riding my mountain bike or indulging in my passion for photography.











Hi! I’m Rosie, a 20-something full-time public servant, part-time Tassie tourism advocate.

I am passionate about seeing young people succeed, and there’s nothing I enjoy more than watching them become the next generation of change-makers.

I have been a champion of the ethos and work of Burn Bright since its inception in 2014, and consider them to be the leading experts in their field. By delivering impactful leadership and wellbeing programs to students across Australia, they offer the knowledge, skills and engagement to invoke lasting positive change in school communities.

The Burn Bright team are dedicated, inclusive and values-driven, which is why I love working with them.