Ballarat Regional Industries (BRI) provides real jobs
for people with disabilities.
Our vision is to be a Centre of Excellence, empowering all people with disabilities to live rich, independent and fulfilling lives.
Our focus is on helping:
- people of all ages who are living with mild through to complex disabilities
- people with complex or specialist needs
- people with limited or no support networks
- young people transitioning from school to work.
We believe every person has a right to choose how
they live their life and we are passionate about providing meaningful short and long-term employment opportunities.
A range of employment options are available at BRI across our two Australian Disability Enterprise (ADE) sites.
Real Jobs In:
- landscaping & gardening,
- maintenance services,
- event support, and
- packaging services.
BRI offers part-time, full-time, short-term and long-term paid employment options to successful applicants with an NDIS plan.
Established in 1984, BRI is an important contributor to our regional economy, providing a range of products and services to the Ballarat region.
Ballarat Regional industries was formed to gain support for a Ballarat and District Community Industries sheltered workshop. In 1985 Ballarat Regional Industries Centre (BRIC) was opened in Walker Street, Sebastopol.
BRIC aimed to provide employment and training opportunities for people with significant permanent disabilities that would prevent or hamper them from undertaking other employment.
From then on what is now known as BRI has gone from strength to strength. Currently supporting 160 participants across 3 sites.
BRI have a number of different business areas and participants are encouraged to multi skill and take on new challenges within BRI and also in the greater community.
Wendy McNabb, Chair
Annie De Jong, Vice Chair
|Chief Executive Officer:||Geoff Russell|
|Finance Manager:||Sandra Marston|
|Disability Services Manager:||Cindy Wirth|
|Recycling and Manufacturing Manager:||Andrew Clarke|
|Packaging Ballarat Manager:||Paul Glover|
|Home maintenance Manager:||Ben McGowan|
|Landscaping Co-ordinator:||David Lee|
|Landscaping Manager:||Ben McGowan|
BRI is both a social enterprise and a commercial venture. We exist to empower people and enrich the community.
Our mission is to create employment pathways for people with a disability.
Everyone is entitled to be treated with respect. BRI values the essential worth of every human being, irrespective of their race, religion, age, gender, sexual orientation or disability. Respect includes respect for ourselves, for others, for the community and for the environment. It includes an acknowledgement of our Aboriginal history and an acceptance of our cultural diversity.
BRI and its people will be accountable to all whom it serves. Everyone within the organisation will operate openly and transparently. Everyone will be accountable for their own actions and collectively for the actions of the organisation. Everyone will be accountable for the organisation’s performance and disclose openly its outcomes and its use of funds and assets. BRI and its people will seek the highest standards in everything they do and assess themselves in comparison to them.
BRI is committed to honesty in its dealings. It has a commitment to working hard. It will remain focused on its mission and in all things will actively seek the best individual outcomes for those participants.
BRI is committed to providing a safe and protective workplace for its participants, staff, contractors and customers. It will actively consult with all relevant stakeholders to provide the safest environment possible.
BRI will seek to enable all its workers to achieve the maximum amount of independence possible. BRI will actively promote self-determination, autonomy,