E-NEWS

E-News December 2019

Inclusion and Diversity was increasingly topical in 2019. The forums I attended focussed on one aspect, namely gender. Other aspects such as disability, race, and language appeared to be further down the list.

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E-News March 2019

In Oct 2017, I joined a relatively unknown Australian Disability Enterprise, Ability Works in Melbourne, as CEO. I was surprised to find how with minimal resources, staff skilfully managed a workforce of 130, with complex physical and mental health support needs.

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E-News October 2018

Since our first newsletter in July 2018, we have hosted 45 site visits from 62 potential customers, suppliers, partner organisations, potential employees and their families, promoting our capabilities to deliver on our purpose of providing employment opportunities to people living with a disability and those socially excluded.

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E-News July 2018

It’s been a stimulating nine months since starting at Ability Works Australia as CEO and I am delighted to launch our quarterly news publication to all stakeholders and supporters. My focus since joining, has been to build our capabilities as an effective social enterprise and fulfil our purpose which is “Through employment, we create opportunities for people living with a disability and those socially excluded, to discover their potential and enhance their lives”.

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MEDIA

Story on AWA’s Record Scanning business unit

Story on AWA’s Record Scanning business unit supervisor Kani Vincent Paul on ABC TV 7 pm news

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Dozie has an MBA but worked as a car salesman – until he met Alex

“When COVID-19 hit and his commission-based pay dropped to “$200 or $300 a week” as he did not qualify for JobKeeper,

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Transurban & Ability Works

Ability Works,  Transurban, Aurecon, RMIT Marketing and Apricot Consulting’s “Shared Value” partnership won the 2020 Social Traders Partnership of the Year award.

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ABC News Feature!

“Victorian approach ‘making a huge difference’…”

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Award Winners!

Ability Works and Transurban win ‘Partnership of the Year” Social Traders 2020 award.

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Team member Michael on ABC Radio

Team member Michael and customer Sharon Harnett from Department of Defence, live with Ali Moore ABC radio, talking about Ability Works scanning of service member records on ABC radio 13 November 2020.

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Delivering Better Outcomes for Social Procurement

CEO Sue Boyce on the panel for ‘Delivering Better Outcomes for Social Procurement’ giving examples of how Ability Works…

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People with disabilities preserving the memory of those who served

People with disabilities are preserving the memories of Australian Defence Force members as part of a massive project to digitise the files of ADF members currently stored at Victoria Barracks, Melbourne.

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The Victorian Prospect – Ability Works featured!

Ability Works features in the Oct 2020 ICN Prospect magazine with article ‘Ability Works – bringing purpose and belonging to the community.’

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Ability Works on ABC Radio

Team member Mark Galotta explains how Ability Works has given him welding opportunities despite his disability and how he hopes the State Government’s Social Procurement Framework will encourage more businesses to give Ability Works more jobs so we can grow.

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Message from Sue Boyce CEO – COVID-19 Response – 07 August 2020

Metropolitan Melbourne has moved to Stage 4 restrictions for 6 weeks until Sunday 13 September. Ability Works is operating onsite and trading under a COVID Safe Plan as required by the Victorian Government.

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Message from Sue Boyce CEO – COVID-19 Response – 08 July 2020

Metropolitan Melbourne and the Mitchell Shire have returned to Stage 3 Lockdown but Ability Works continues to trade. As we did at the start of the pandemic, Ability Works continues trade whilst focussing clearly on the health, safety and wellbeing of its entire workforce.

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Message from Sue Boyce CEO – COVID-19 Response – 26 June 2020

Over the past two weeks we have seen a lifting of some of the COVID-19 restrictions put in place by Federal and State Governments. In response to easing some restrictions we have had some of our workforce return. Ability Works is meeting all existing and new Workplace Health and Safety protocols around hygiene, social distancing and embedding new operating behaviours.

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Message from Sue Boyce CEO – COVID-19 Response – 1 June 2020

The Victorian Government is starting to ease restrictions in response to COVID – 19 in the community. Taking every precaution to prevent the spread of Covid-19, Ability Works has continued to trade over the past two months despite the majority of our workforce taking a break on 26 March 2020

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Message from Sue Boyce CEO – COVID-19 Response – 7 May

Whilst Australia’s current position of ‘flattening the curve’ through broad reaching Government restrictions is proving successful, we remain at risk which requires us to continue to act with caution.

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Message from Sue Boyce CEO – COVID-19 Response – 23 March

Senior Management and I continue to meet to daily and make decisions on the best way forward during these challenging times in unchartered waters. We are also talking frequently with like Businesses in our sector and are participating in sector discussion forums to assist with navigation.

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Message from Sue Boyce CEO – COVID-19 Response – 16 March

Today, Monday 16 March, the Premier The Hon Daniel Andrews declared Victoria as a State of Emergency enacting special measures to help combat the spread of COVID-19.

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Launch of new service – Records Management

In July we launched a new Business unit – Records Management involving: scanning, testing, digitising, coding, destruction and mailroom services. With increasing need for electronic document security and reduction of waste, digitising has become a necessary requirement for many organisations including our first customer the Department of Defence.

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NEW Temporary Fencing Repair Business

With opportunities to support the State’s major infrastructure projects leveraging our Wire & Metal Fabrication operation, we have increased our capacity in temporary fencing repair and manufacture for major customer Victorian Temporary Fencing.

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Victorian Government’s Social Procurement Framework in action

We have supplied the Mc Connell Dowell Decimil Joint Venture (MCDDJV) on the Mordialloc Freeway upgrade project.

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Stanley Black and Decker

With lots of brands and growth in Building and Construction, multinational Stanley Black and Decker (SBD) selected Ability Works as a preferred packing and assembly supplier in Aug 2018.

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2019 Thank You’s

As we round out 2019, we wish to say thank you to all our customers and some specific partner organisations who have provided great assistance this year.

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Corporate Partner Volunteering Program – Launch

Staff volunteering is an important part of many Corporate Social Responsibility strategies. Our new program, launched with Westpac staff in November 2018, delivers team volunteering opportunities which encourage engagement with people living with a disability and those socially disadvantaged.

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“Wings through Work”: Video Series

With our mission of Purpose, pride and belonging through inclusive employment at the forefront of everything we do, are thrilled with the response our ‘Wings through Work” employee video series has received throughout our network.

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Customer Profiles: RSL Victoria – annual ANZAC Day appeal

With over 180,000 ANZAC badges and wrist bands to assemble then pack, our team has been busy since early January in readiness for the RSL Victoria ANZAC Day appeal to raise money for veterans and their families. We were proud to partner with this great organisation and our team has certainly enjoyed the work for the past couple of months.

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Customer Profiles: North Western Program Alliance

We are delighted to partner with our first major infrastructure customer the North Western Program Alliance, a partnership between the Level Crossing Removal Project, John Holland Group, KBR and Metro Trains Melbourne.

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Efficiency for Growth

This month’s theme in the Ability Works workplace has been ‘Efficiency got growth’. With the help of expert Anthony Clyne from TXM Lean Solutions, we have: reviewed manufacturing methods, optimised space management, achieved continual waste reduction, improved crewing decisions, increased productivity tempo and maximised output results.

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Visitors on Tour Oct 2018

Visitors from organisations looking to potentially partner with AWA pictured above on tour during September were: Swinburne University, Social Traders, Coca-Cola Amatil, Northwest Program Alliance, McConnell Dowell, Activate Rail, Metro Tunnel / Cross Yarra Partnerships and CPB Contractors.

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myDNA

Ability Works Australia has packed, assembled and distributed approximately, 90,000 testing kits since myDNA became a customer in 2017.

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Competitive advantage via “The Person Centred approach”

In Oct 2017, I joined a relatively unknown Australian Disability Enterprise, Ability Works in Melbourne, as CEO.  I was surprised to find how with minimal resources, staff skilfully managed a workforce of 130, with complex physical and mental health support needs.

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Visitors on Tour July 2018

We actively encourage visitors to our facility in Kew to see our 130 employees’ active at a variety of tasks. Manufacturing wire baskets, wire mesh products, wire stem brushes, trays, welding lighting frames, to digitally scanning and sorting e-tags and mail for our long term customer Transurban and much more.

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