The Morrison Government will provide $4 million to the Esther Foundation for its life-changing work helping young women build themselves brighter futures.

The investment will give the Foundation funding security for seven years and also support the operation of an additional 20 beds at its Gooseberry Hill centre, in Western Australia.

The Esther Foundation plays a critical role, currently assisting approximately 120 women in crisis each year- and up to 20 children- through its comprehensive, fully residential program.

At present, up to 70 participants can be accommodated at a time, with the Foundation’s reputation for changing lives for the better attracting young women from across WA and interstate.

They are helped to tackle mental health issues, depression and self-harm, eating disorders and addictions and are also supported through family breakdowns and to escape from abuse and domestic violence.

The Foundation has assisted some participants with bail to leave prison, while others have come from hospitals where they have been dealing with mental health challenges.

Programs include life skills education, creative arts, education and internships, legal support, group and private counselling, family reunification, and sport and recreation.

The Foundation also operates the popular Esther Café and boutique recycled clothing shop in the nearby centre of Kalamunda, which provides training and job opportunities for program participants.

The Foundation provides a springboard for future success, offering security, housing and support, along with pathways to employment and independence.

Our Government is proud to support the Foundation’s ongoing work and expansion, with its success built on 20 years of determination to give young women in need – and their children - the best opportunities for fulfilling lives.