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The WISE Story

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WISE opened its doors in West Melbourne in 1992, as a not-for-profit employment agency for people with a disability. 

We empower jobseekers to find meaningful work and become self-sufficient and we help employers to find the right staff by understanding their needs and providing them with workers from diverse backgrounds.

Our highly-trained and dedicated staff now provide cost-free advice, training and other support services to assist over 10,000 eligible job seekers into jobs each year at 40 main offices and 57 part-time/outreach offices across New South Wales, Victoria, South Australia, Tasmania and the Northern Territory. Read more about how WISE has grown.

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We tailor our services to meet the needs of each jobseeker whether they have been out of work for one day or several years. We understand that some people need extra help before they are ready to work. Our staff aim to help disadvantaged people move out of poverty toward safe and stable employment, housing and health and on to self-reliance.

WISE assists jobseekers and employers under the Australian Government’s jobactive and Disability Employment Services initiatives. Our support and training services are cost-free to jobseekers and employers.

And as one of the largest disability employment services in Australia, we know that with the right help people with mental illness or intellectual and physical impairments or disabilities can gain work successfully.

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We spend time getting to know employers, understanding their needs and supporting them with workers from diverse backgrounds who are often highly-skilled and experienced. Employers may also qualify for wage incentives to help with the cost of employing our jobseekers.

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Since 2001, we have invested $3.5 million of our funds into innovative projects and programs for youth, ex-offenders, refugees and Indigenous communities. We also operate three socially-responsible social enterprises, employing 200 people: Clean Force Property Services, Equity Labour Services, and Incito Maintenance.

WISE works closely with government and community agencies, local industry and training organisations to achieve the best results for our clients. We believe the entire community is enriched when everyone is supported to achieve their potential.

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Support WISE

You can support WISE Employment’s community programs with tax deductible donations over $2.00. Or perhaps you could donate your time as a volunteer mentor. For more information about how you can support WISE, please email enquiries@wiseemployment.com.au or freecall 1800 685 105.

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  • 1992 WISE opened its doors in West Melbourne as a not-for-profit employment agency for people with a disability.
  • 1998  WISE became a Job Network provider for the Federal Government, opening new offices in Camberwell and Prahran.
  • 1999  Equity Labour Services (ELS) established in Tasmania, to provide employment in landscape area maintenance, cleaning services, weed control and vegetation management to jobseekers with a disability. WISE grew from three to ten offices across Melbourne
  • 2000  WISE Employment began providing accredited training as a Registered Training Organisation.
  • 2001  The Community Investment Division was established to invest $1 million of our funds into community programs for the most disadvantaged. Clean Force established in Northcote, Victoria, to provide employment in professional cleaning and facilities management to jobseekers with a disability.
  • 2002  Make it Work was established as a specialist employment program for people on bail.
  • 2005  WISE Employment merged with Work Force Placement Services, Clean Force Property Services, JobMatch, Equity Intowork and Equity Labour Services to become the largest Disability Employment Services Provider in Australia.
  • 2006  WISE Employment merged with Active Employment, a Disability Employment Service with offices in greater western Sydney.
  • 2009  WISE won significant funding under the Government’s new Job Services Australia contract. WISE launched the UK employment service, WISE Ability with Remploy in South Yorkshire and Derbyshire.
  • 2010  Under the Australian Government’s new Disability Employment Services initiative, we retained our existing business and grew in Victoria, New South Wales and Tasmania. We also launched property maintenance service Incito Maintenance in Melbourne.
  • 2011  Launched Darwin branch of Incito Maintenance.
  • 2014  WISE Employment merged with Interwork Limited.
  • 2015 Job Services Australia (JSA) employment program is renamed jobactive as from 1 July 2015.
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