WDEA Works is a not-for-profit organisation that began in Warrnambool in 1989 to help people with a disability find open employment opportunities. In its first year, it employed three people. Today, more than 400 people are part of the WDEA Works team, at 36 sites across the Western half of regional Victoria and into South East South Australia.

Over the past 30 years, WDEA Works has helped more than 40,000 people find meaningful and inclusive employment, improving their lives and enriching local communities.

Our Services include:

As a community based, not-for-profit organisation, WDEA Works channels funding back into our regional community through the WDEA Works Foundation and specialist support programs that provide quality employment services for employers and job seekers.

WDEA Works partners other key community stakeholders to achieve the best possible outcome for its clients. WDEA Works with:

  • Local employers and businesses
  • Industry groups
  • Community support services
  • Allied health professionals
  • Schools and Education institutions
  • The Department of Employment and Workplace Relations  (DEWR)
  • The Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS)
  • The Department of Social Services (DSS)
  • The NDIS
  • Government and council

For 30 years, WDEA Works has been reaching out a helping hand to its local communities, improving the lives of people through employment, education and connection. We continually aim to improve our services and our performance is benchmarked against national and international industry standards.

Global Standards and Accreditations

WDEA Works is committed to adopting quality management systems and practices that enhance and optimise opportunities for positive outcomes for Employers and Individuals receiving support from WDEA Works.

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WDEA Works is committed to protecting the security of its business information and has implemented an Information Security Management System (ISMS) that is compliant with ISO/IEC 27001.

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WDEA Works e-waste management system meets the minimum requirements for the safe and environmentally sound collection, storage, transportation and treatment of end-of-life electrical and electronic equipment.

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WDEA Works maintains certification of the National Standards for Disability Services (NSDS).

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Learn Local providers are not-for-profit community organisations. They are registered and funded by the Victorian Government, via the Adult, Community and Further Education (ACFE) Board, to deliver pre-accredited training and programs.

WDEA Works is registered with the Australian Charities and Not-for-profit Commission, and complies with the requirements of registered charities under the Australian Charities and Not-for-profit Commission Act 2012 (Cth).

WDEA Works maintains QAF certification for all jobactive sites. The QAF is set by the Department of Education, Skills and Employment.

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WDEA Works Training is a Registered Training Organisation (21701) with the VRQA. Victoria’s education and training regulator.

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