Why Choose One80TC?

It takes support, direction and heart-felt commitment to break the chains of addiction and other life-controlling behaviours. Our team has been applying this understanding for over thirty five years. As a result, we have helped thousands of young men take control and get on with their lives.

People don’t just click their fingers and become outstanding leaders and community members. They need opportunities, guidance, a clear path to follow and good friends for support.

Our Christian-based, residential training facility offers all this and more. Our vision is to help people put their lives back together and set them on the pathway of success.

We don’t pretend to be able to change a person’s past. What we can do is try to understand what lies at the core of the presenting issues and help people find the physical, spiritual and emotional strength to face life’s challenges head-on and come out on top in the future.


What Can I Expect?

Located in the Hawkesbury region of NSW, ONE80TC is a 40-bed, long term residential program for men that provides:

  • 24/7 Staff supervision
  • Shared air conditioned bedrooms
  • Access to Case Workers, Psychologists, Doctor and Group classes
  • Accountability Disciplined routine
  • Work responsibility
  • Health and fitness Swimming pool and sport facilities
  • One-on-one mentoring   

Other Questions  

Why the name ONE80TC?
ONE80 refers to a complete turn around of 180 degrees. Something we hope each person involved in our programs will experience.

What role does Teen Challenge play?
Teen Challenge NSW INC is our legal entity. ONE80TC is an initiative of Teen Challenge NSW

How long have you been in operation?
For over 35 years

Do you have male and female participants onsite?
No – males only

Will your programs help females?
We are currently planning to start a females program, but it is too soon to say when it will be operational.

Is your program Christian based?

Do participants have to attend church?
Yes, Church attendance is a part of the program.

Who are you affiliated with?
Australian Christian Churches

Do you have a board of management?
Yes, ONE80TC is governed by a board of management.

What sources does your income come from?
Income for ONE80TC is provided through donations, monthly sponsorships, grants, foundations, fund raising, micro-enterprise, and client fees.

Do you have to be a Christian to attend the program?

Do you have to become a Christian to stay in the program?

How do people hear about ONE80TC?
Our services are listed on many community service databases including NADA, government agencies such as Juvenile Justice, Centrelink and medical detoxification centres. Community drug and alcohol services as well as local churches all have access to information.

Does ONE80TC provide detox services?
No, all participants must arrive detoxed. ONE80TC does not have the medical staff onsite to provided this service. ONE80TC will assist clients in sourcing a detox service.

What life controlling issues does ONE80TC address?
Individuals seeking help in dealing with ‘life-controlling’ issue such as: addictive, impulsive and compulsive behaviours, issues of neglect, anger, self-esteem and the negative impact these issues have on an individual.

What ages do the participants need to be?
18+ yrs

How do you help integrate a participant back into the community?
Community partnerships from within the local community that the participant resides in post-ONE80TC are established and fostered by ONE80TC. Our After-Care support worker will assist students when they leave the program integrate into community.

Is you program maintenance or abstinence based?
ONE80TC is an abstinence based program, which utilises harm-minimisation principles on the road to abstinence.

Do you have a doctor on site?

Can participants access psychiatric care?

Can participants access psychologists?
Yes, we have an onsite Clinical Psychologist available to all students.

Do you do random drug testing?

How do you assess the effectiveness of the program and its systems?
Council of Healthcare Services (ACHS) , in which we are  following the QIC (Quality Improvement Council) Standard.

As part of the National Illicit Drug Strategy Non-Government Organisation Treatments Grant Program. As per our contract there are stringent reporting requirements that we adhere to 6 monthly and annually.

Do participants get to go on leave for special occasions?

Can participants receive visitors?
Yes. After the church service. No visitors on-site.

Are participants supervised at all times on ONE80TC outings?

Do participants live 24/7 on site?

Do you have staff 24/7 on site?

What qualifications do your staff have?
Program staff are required to have minimum training in or be currently enrolled in a Certificate IV program such as: Alcohol & Other Drug and/or Mental Health. Our counselling staff are required to have a minimum qualification through a certified counselling training institution.

What happens if a participant breaks the program rules?
ONE80TC encourages participants to recognise that all behaviours carry consequences.

The behaviour management procedure is designed to provide participants with the opportunity to receive feedback regarding problematic behaviour, and offer the opportunity for participants to make necessary adjustments to future behaviour.

Rather than being viewed as a punitive process, the behaviour management procedure should be seen as an opportunity to foster change and growth within participants.

Problematic behaviour is defined as any action that is contrary to the established rights and responsibilities of the ONE80TC participant or that otherwise goes against the Program Guidelines.

Participants receive a copy of the Participant Manual prior to admission and again upon admission. This includes information on rights and responsibilities and the consequences for problem behaviour.

What is your policy on drugs on site?
Participants are not permitted to use alcohol or other contraband substances whilst enrolled in ONE80TC. This applies to participants whilst they are on ONE80TC premises or on scheduled outings.

The choice to use alcohol or other contraband substances whilst enrolled in ONE80TC will result in disciplinary consequences.

How do you help the participants find work on completion?
Prior to a participant completing our program the final step is to assist the participant to prepare to enter / re-enter the workforce or gain further education.

Participants are helped in exploring a career, educational and training options. A participant will be given help to write a CV, work on interview skills, how to complete application forms and apply for training or jobs. We help the participant to find work experience prior to completing the program. Our goal is that each participant is enrolled in a further education program and/or has a job to go to when they complete the program.

What happens to a participant who is suspended from the program?
Participants who are suspended (discipline-exited) from our program are contracted by their case worker to adhere to a number of requirements while out of the program.

Do you deal with dual diagnosis?
Yes, provided that the participant is under the care of an appropriate mental health care professional.

What is the participant to caseworker ratio?
1:8 (one caseworker for every 8 participants)

What if I have outstanding legal matters?
ONE80TC will assess each situation on a case-by-case basis, please contact the ONE80TC Assessment Coordinator for further information.

Do you take participants from detention centres?
Only individuals who are already eligible for parole or bail will be considered for entry. Individuals will not be approved to participate in ONE80TC as part of their sentence.

What criminal history may preclude a participant from coming into the program?
All clients are assessed on an individual basis. Convictions covered by the Spent Conviction scheme cannot by law, be taken into consideration. ONE80TC reserves the right to refuse entry to any person who poses a safety risk to other participants, staff or local communities.