About

Improving lives across
Melbourne and Geelong.

WCIG is a community based not-for-profit organisation committed to improving lives through practical responses to unemployment and disadvantage.

Our programs focus on assisting people make positive changes in their lives. We deliver employment, disability, youth and training programs.

We have an established network of community organisations, allied health services, employers, community groups and other businesses. Our network enables us to provide the most holistic approach possible to assist people to reach their goals.

Our Vision

Improving Lives through Dignity & Choice

Our Mission

Empowering people to achieve a meaningful role in society

Our Values

Relationships that embrace dignity, community and mutual respect
Optimism that is lived out in positive attitudes about people and expectations of success and growth
Innovation including creativity, responsiveness, risk taking and flexibility
Diversity that acknowledges differences and appreciates the diverse needs and skills of each person
Advocacy that makes us socially pro-active for the disadvantaged
Staff who are committed to the goals of the organisation and their own development

Strategic Directions

Innovation and Service Excellence
We consistently deliver high quality, effective services
– Customer focused organisation
– Embrace Innovation
– Create employment opportunities

Strategic Partnering
We maximise skills and resources when organisations or people work together
– Opening Pathways & Strong relationships
– Maximise Influence

People
We value our people and invest in a dedicated and highly trained workforce
– Engaged Staff
– Invest in Staff

Organisational Sustainability
We need a sustainable organisation to deliver on our mission
– Robust financial position
– Strong Governance
– Reduce environmental footprint

Our History

Since 1986, WCIG has a long and proud history as a not-for-profit community organisation.

Delivering innovative and community-centred programs to assist thousands of local people make positive changes in their lives. WCIG has constantly evolved throughout its lifetime to respond to the changing needs of vulnerable and marginalised groups.

WCIG is linked with international research efforts to strengthen the way services are delivered to communities, including a long-standing partnership with Melbourne University’s employment services policy research project since 1998. WCIG is committed to continual contribution to innovation in service delivery and community.

Our services include Employment, Disability, Youth, Training and Social Enterprises. We are a registered NDIS provider.

Our Timeline

19 80’s

  • It all started
    with an idea

    It began with a local
    response to unemployment
    by the Westgate Baptist
    Community Church

  • Our first Employment
    Project ‘Compuskill’
    began teaching
    jobseekers how to use
    computers

  • SkillShare served up
    Hospitality Training at
    ‘Your Haven’ restaurant
    & the ‘Laptop Café’.

Wcig
Opened Its
Doors To
The
Community
In 1986

1986

19 90’s

  • (NEIS) assists
    unemployed jobseekers
    start their own business.

  • The Earth’s Backyard
    project begins selling
    wholesale native
    plants in Spotswood

  • Worksupply Company
    offices open in St Albans
    & Werribee

  • Jobs Pathway
    Programme starts

  • We help establish Job
    Futures to bid for
    employment services

  • Sunshine Office is open
    for business

  • Federal Government
    outsources employment
    services to public and
    not-for-profit organisations

  • The Worksupply Company
    becomes Disability
    Employment Services,
    specialising in working with
    people experiencing mental
    illness

  • Jobs Pathway becomes Youth
    Pathways and works with
    young people disengaged from
    education and employment

  • Onsite Employment
    Support is established by
    WCIG for on-the-job
    support to individuals

  • The WCIG explores the
    development of education
    and training, providing
    better employments
    opportunities for jobseekers

  • Further diversified services
    are developed to support
    access to employment,
    including a HIV specialist
    employment service based
    in Prahran

  • WCIG Sponsors the local
    production of ‘Tender
    Threads’, a movie
    highlighting the benefits of
    support to people with
    mental illness

  • WCIG starts it’s Board
    Scholarship program

  • WCIG partners with
    Melbourne Uni on a
    research project of
    not-for-profit employment
    services, with comparisons
    to overseas services

20 00’s

  • WCIG participates in the
    development of the Social
    Firm model in Australia.

  • WCIG establishes its first
    Social Firm, Cleanable,
    in 2005

  • Further Development of
    Social Firms leads
    opening LoveLuvo and
    Outside Branch Property
    Maintenance

  • WCIG establish
    partnerships with people
    and organisations for
    lasting, effective impact
    on our communities

  • WCN is formed in 2012
    utilising existing
    partnerships with JobCo.
    and E-Focus to deliver
    Disability Employment
    Services across

  • SEE (Skills for Education
    and Employment) and local
    employment projects fill
    the gaps in service
    offerings across our
    communities

20 10’s

  • WCIG’s with Melbourne Uni,
    look to expand WCIG
    beyond Melbourne’s west,
    Considering our place as
    change makers nationally

Our Board Members

Frank Carlus

Board Chair

Our current board chair, Frank provides WCIG’s board with his extensive experience in not for profit Board Director roles, and is currently serving on the boards of WCIG and Hepatitis Victoria. Frank is a former state public servant with over 32 years’ experience in the Department of Human Services/Department of Health in direct care, policy and senior management positions across a range of services and programs. In his spare time, Frank is an avid cyclist.

David Cragg

David holds a BA and Graduate Diploma in Industrial Relations, and has been a WCIG Board member since 2010 (WCIG Treasurer 2014-2019).

David is now retired from full-time work, and is currently studying for personal interest at Melbourne University. He is a member of the Greater Metropolitan Cemetery Trust, and honorary Treasurer of the John Curtin Research Centre.   David holds a number of Labor Party offices including Secretaryship of the ALP’s Industrial Affairs Policy Committee.

Michael Byrne

Michael has been part of local government for more than 46 years with a strong interest in Community Learning and Libraries and more recently Arts and Culture.  Michael greatly enjoys working with multicultural groups, and supporting the pathways in changing people’s lives.

Sue Olney

Sue holds a PhD in Public Policy. She has extensive experience and expertise in governance and policy design and implementation, both in her current role as an academic and in past roles in government and the not-profit sector, and has contributed to numerous large-scale projects and programs in the fields of education and training, employment and disability.

Frank Perreira-Jackson

Frank is a founding member of WCIG with extensive experience in board-level leadership across professional and community organisations. Frank’s background includes more than four decades as an internal and external consultant to business. In retirement, he remains actively involved in advocacy and volunteer work with refugees and people experiencing poverty.

Our Senior Leadership Team

Ron Miers

CEO

Ron has served as CEO of WCIG for more than 19 years. He holds a Bachelor in Theology and a Graduate Diploma of Applied Psychology.

Ron has 25 years’ experience overseeing delivery of government contracts for employment services and was chair of Jobs Australia (2010-2018) and as a board member from 2008-2018.

Ron has a keen interest in all things technology.

Mary Stojanovska

Deputy CEO

Mary offers WCIG nearly 20 years’ experience in the not-for-profit sector and her skill in strategic planning, collaboration and her knowledge of community needs sees her sit on a number of local boards, committees and networks, including the Maribyrnong Moonee Valley LLEN Executive Committee and the Statewide Leaving Care Reform Reference Group.

Mary holds has a Bachelor of Arts (Psychology), Bachelor of Arts Community Development and a Diploma of Frontline Management.

Outside her professional life, Mary enjoys spending time with family and lives in the inner-west with her husband and two children.

George Dimopoulos

Employment Group Manager

George joined WCIG in 2018 and has over 25 years’ experience in the employment services industry, the last 10 in national and executive management roles.

Over the last 25 years George has been responsible for operations in urban, rural and remote areas.

Having grown up in Melbourne’s West George understands its uniqueness and has a passion for its people. In his spare time George loves to surf and spend time with family and friends.

Pauline Disseldorp

WCN Group Manager

Pauline has worked in the Disability Employment field since 1990 and has managed programs since 1999. She is recognised within the industry and is Chair of the Victorian Open Employment Sub Committee at National Disability Services. A Masters in Public Policy and Management from Monash University supplements her practical knowledge and management skills.

In her spare time, Pauline is an avid cyclist and netball umpire. She lives to the west of Melbourne.

Tristan Ellery

Human Resources Manager

With over 12 years’ experience in HR and Industrial Relations, Tristan has helped WCIG organisation further improve their HR processes and implement a large number of new and exciting initiatives. Tristan is also experienced in commercial recruitment as well as working within Disability Employment Services.

In his personal time, Tristan enjoys live music and travel.

Peter Collins

Social Enterprise Manager

Peter has been involved in business development and creation for 20 years with the last 10 in social enterprise. Peter is passionate about job creation and community development that social enterprise creates within a commercial landscape. He has started social enterprises in areas as diverse as hospitality, the arts, events and tourism.

In his spare time he enjoys hunting for his favourite music on vinyl and going to live shows.

Careers

Join our team and work with those most affected by unemployment.

Working with disadvantaged members of the community and empowering them through the
channels available to them, our staff find their roles in our organisation very rewarding.

Working at WCIG can open doors to a fulfilling career positively impacting the lives of people in your community every day.

We have a diverse range of programs and are always looking for new ways to respond to the needs of our community. Positions vary from Head Office operations to client-facing and case management roles with plenty of room to grow.

Other benefits include:

  • Industry leading salary with our own generous Enterprise Agreement
  • Salary Packaging options
  • Flexible working hours
  • Purchased Leave – up to 6 weeks annual leave per year
  • Study leave
  • Paid maternity/paternity leave
  • Above-award personal and annual leave entitlements

The opportunity to make a real difference in someone’s life and knowing you’ve learnt more about yourself and the world creates its own satisfaction.

If you are interested in a career at WCIG, check out our current vacancies HERE.

For general Human Resources enquiries, please email humanresources@wcig.org.au

WCIG is an equal opportunity employer. We encourage Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders and people with disability to apply