A soap opera set, according to Moran in his Guide to Australian TV Series, 'in a boarding house/university college called Thornleigh. It is populated by medical students, the inevitable good-hearted housekeeper, and a professor in charge'.
Starting Out replaced The Young Doctors in the slot immediately prior to the Nine Network's main evening news broadcast, where it did so poorly that it affected the latter's ratings and was rapidly pulled, to run out the remainder of its eipsodes in a later timeslot. However, as Moran points out, 'This fate was not deserved. The pre-news slot is very difficult to fill with a drama series, and The Young Doctors was one of the very few such fillers to succeed. Starting Out was not worse (or better) than the latter'.