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About BRI

Ballarat Regional Industries (BRI) provides real jobs
for people with disabilities.

Vision

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.

Employment

A range of employment options are available at BRI across our two Australian Disability Enterprise (ADE) sites.

Real Jobs In:

  • manufacturing,
  • recycling,
  • landscaping & gardening,
  • maintenance services,
  • event support, and
  • packaging services.

Paid Employment

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.

Our History

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.

Board Members

Wendy McNabb, Chair
Annie De Jong, Vice Chair
Damien Varnis
Jo Barber
Brad Matthews
Greg Harbridge
Charles Kennedy
Stewart Howe

Managers

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 Values

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.

Respect

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.

Accountability

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.

Integrity

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.

Safety

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.

Empowerment

BRI will seek to enable all its workers to achieve the maximum amount of independence possible. BRI will actively promote self-determination, autonomy,