Hands On Learning Australia (HOLA) is a PBI charity – with DGR status – committed to preventing the harm of early school leaving.

We support schools to run the proven Hands On Learning (HOL) program by delivering quality assurance, ongoing training and development of a specialist workforce of HOL artisan-teachers who implement the HOL program, and thereby support vulnerable students to stay and achieve at school.

Our funding comes entirely from philanthropic foundations, trusts, corporate partners and individual donors.



HOLA Board Feb 2014 3

From left to right:
Claire Shearman, Co-ordinator, Southern Ethnic Advisory and Advocacy Council (SEAAC)
Cameron Wiseman, Executive Director – Finance
Adam Cameron,Finance Director, Hardie Grant Publishing Group
Angela Pollard, Principal, Mount Eliza Secondary College
Rod Glover, (Chairman), Principal, Rod Glover Consulting
Lisa Vagg, Executive Director – Communications
Dr Richard O’Donovan, Executive Director – Operations
Professor Johanna Wyn, Director Youth Research Centre, The University of Melbourne
Billy White, small business proprietor and former HOL student


HOLA Team Sep 2014

Front row left to right: Emma McCarthy, Bec Edwards, Cam Wiseman, Lisa Vagg
Back row: Richard O’Donovan, Steve Sowinski, Tom Burgess, Roger Fisher