P242 Employment

Aimed at inspiring and creating opportunities for long-term unemployed Aboriginal people aged 18+ to reach their full potential and gain employment.

The Wirrpanda Foundation's weekly FIT 4 WORK program for Indigenous Job Seekers runs every Thursday in East Vic Park. The activities are aimed at improving physical fitness, self-confidence, employability and networking opportunities. Consistent attendance at these weekly sessions is expected to vastly improve the opportunity to find full time employment.

The Foundation’s mentors deliver the weekly program and provide mentoring support for participants whilst also improving the health and wellbeing of attendees.

Following the physical activity session job seekers will also participate in industry specific training and work readiness aimed at better preparing them for employment.



When: Thursday

Time: 10am-12pm

Where: Wirrpanda Foundation Warehouse, 5/5 Milford St, East Vic Park 6101


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The VTEC (Vocational Training Employment Centre) operates in conjunction with all of the Wirrpanda Foundation programs, with the support and involvement of local Aboriginal communities and their leaders and will connect Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander job seekers to guaranteed job opportunities, while providing support to maintain continuous employment.

Funded by the Federal Government, our VTEC is required to work with employers, to place and mentor Indigenous job seekers into meaningful long term employment.


Strengthening your business through diversity, our mission is to enhance our relationships with employers, to support your Indigenous employment participation. Through our expertise in recruitment and mentoring, the Wirrpanda VTEC specialises in finding you the right employees and working with them for successful long term employment.

The VTEC has established a pool of candidates with a spread of competencies and experience, all screened most heavily on their attitudinal/behavioural competencies for the types of work and environment, aiming to provide motivated, committed and strongly supported Indigenous employees for the workplace. The skill sets of the candidates are varied from seeking entry level exposure to some experienced roles based on their experience and exposure.

All job seekers that register with the VTEC complete an individual career and training plan with one of our experienced Recruiter/Mentors. This also encompasses an assessment that evaluates Commitment, Fitness for Work, Motivational Fit and Behavioural Competencies including Safety Awareness and Attitude, Performance Under Pressure, Teamwork and Communication.


We are looking for candidates who value continuous learning, have a strong awareness and commitment to safety and are looking to be part of a team focused culture and are interested in a rewarding and beneficial work opportunity. As you move through the stages, you will be strongly supported by our team's mentors and your specific training needs will be provided by our VTEC industry training partners. To be eligible for the VTEC program you must be a registered job seeker with the Department of Human Services and assigned a job active provider.




 Contact Jarrad Oakley Nicholls  jarrado@wf.org.au  (08) 9242 6729
 Contact Byran McGarry  byranm@wf.org.au  0487 202 514

Full Circle Partnership

Full Circle Partnership provides intensive individual mentoring support to Aboriginal youth involved in the Youth Justice system in the Kimberley region. Delivered in partnership with Hope Community Services, the program mentors operate in Broome with participants exiting Banksia Hill Detention Centre, as well as servicing surrounding communities.

 Contact Keifer Yu  keifery@wf.org.au  0419 254 311

Bidi Waalitj

The Bidi Waalitj employment program, is an initiative between The Wirrpanda Foundation, West Coast Eagles and The Department of Jobs and Small Business the program works with Indigenous participants between 15-24 years of age in the Perth metro area to help place them into suitable employment. 

The origin of the program’s name comes from the Noongar nation, in particular the Wadjuk language group, where Bidi means ‘path’ and Waalitj translates to ‘eagle’. The name was selected to represent the path of the eagle and signifies the valued partnership between the West Coast Eagles and Wirrpanda Foundation, as well as the journey to employment the program’s participants will experience. The West Coast Eagles will play a pivotal role in the partnership, leveraging the club’s strong business network to connect prospective employers to the program, resulting in real job outcomes for young Aboriginal and Torres Strait islanders.


Each individual job seeker that comes into our office is supported by our Wirrpanda Foundation mentors to work on their individual plan and set their employment goals. We are seeking Candidates who are actively seeking full or part time employment, either in a traineeship, apprenticeship or through direct employment. As you move through the stages of the program you will be strongly supported by Bidi Waalitj mentors. Bidi Waalitj Mentors will also assist in linking you with potential employers in your preferred industry.

During the Program you will also be referred to The Wirrpanda Foundation's weekly program for Indigenous Job Seekers, FIT 4 WORK. FIT 4 WORK runs every Thursday in East Vic Park. The activities are aimed at improving physical fitness, self-confidence, employability and networking opportunities. 

To register you must be
1. Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander
2. Aged between 15 – 24 years of age
3. Live in Perth Metro area
4. Able to work well in a team
5. All participants will need to be able to pass a Pre-Employment Medical, including a Drug and Alcohol Screen or able to work towards this over the next few months






Our mission is to use our expertise in community engagement, Indigenous recruitment, mentoring and work ready programs to strengthen your business’ diversity, support your Indigenousengagement strategy and help with the retention of your Indigenous staff.

Business operators will be provided an opportunity to strengthen their staff diversity, action their Aboriginal and Torres Strait islander engagement strategies and successfully retain Aboriginal and Torres Strait islander staff. For more information please contact:

Contact Alisha Roberts  alishar@wf.org.au  0433 659 607

Transition to Work

The Wirrpanda Foundation in partnership with Communicare delivers the Australian Government's Transition to Work initiative in Perth’s South East region, aimed at helping young people and early school leavers become work ready.

The Transition to Work program supports young Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people aged 15-21 into education, training or employment by focusing on practical skills and mentoring support.

The key focus is to help young people understand what is expected in the workplace and to develop the skills, attitudes and behaviours that will enable them to find sustainable, long-term employment.


 Contact Talisia Bourne  talisiab@wf.org.au  0455 096 211
 Contact Alicia Jetta  aliciaje@wf.org.au  0476 817 756


Delivered in partnership with Outcare, the Bunuru program provides intensive mentoring support and development for participants involved in youth justice across the key development areas of education, training and employment. A vocationally recognised Foundation Skills Package will be delivered in conjunction with project-based works.

 Contact Dale Kickett  dalek@wf.org.au

Industry Specialist Mentoring for Australian Apprentices

What is Industry Specialist Mentoring for Australian Apprentices (ISMAA)?

  • Industry Specialist Mentoring for Australian Apprentices (ISMAA) is funded by the Australian Government and provides intensive support to apprentices and trainees in the first two years of their training in industries that are undergoing structural change.
  • Industry Specialist Mentoring for Australian Apprentices (ISMAA) complements other Australian Government support for apprentices, trainees and their employers through the Australian Apprenticeships Incentives Program, Trade Support Loans and the Australian Apprenticeship Support Network.
  • Industry Specialist Mentoring for Australian Apprentices (ISMAA) is delivered by Service Providers across Australia in major cities as well as rural and regional areas.

ISMAA eligibility

  • Within the first two years or 730 days of full time apprenticeship OR within the first four years or 1460 days of a part-time apprenticeship
  • Working within the construction industry
  • Based anywhere within the follow regions of Western Australia; Goldfields, Esperance & Wheat belt, Perth & Region, Midwest or South West & Great Southern

Industry Specialist Mentoring for Australian Apprentices (ISMAA) is funded by the Australian Government Department of Education and Training.

The Wirrpanda Foundation delivers ISMAA under a subcontract agreement with Skill Hire. 

 Contact Jarrad Oakley Nicholls  jarrado@wf.org.au  (08) 9242 6729


ParentsNext aims to assist parents with young children to identify their education and employment goals and develop a pathway to be able to achieve those goals. The program also links participants to activities and services in the local community.

The Wirrpanda Foundation ParentsNext Program is run in partnership with Stirling Skills Training and is a provider for Ellenbrook / Aveley (Perth North).

Parents may be eligble to participate in ParentsNext if they have:

  • received Parenting Payment for the last six months
  • not had employment earnings during this period, and
  • have a youngest child aged under six years.
  • reside in an Intensive Stream Location

Centrelink will contact parents who need to participate in ParentsNext and connect them to their local provider or if you think you may meet the eligibility criteria please contact Ashlea or Kristen.

For more information visit: https://www.jobs.gov.au/parentsnext


 Contact Ashlea Oakley Nicholls  ashleao@wf.org.au  0425 799 774
 Contact Kristen Nelson  kristenn@wf.org.au  0431 054 700


Using an integrated suite of tailored, culturally competent and evidence-based reintegration services ReSet provides support to men and women while in prison and after leaving prison, so that they can have a new beginning that is meaningful and breaks the cycle of offending. The program covers:

• Connecting with family and community

• Positive parenting relationships

• Adjusting to life after prison

• Finding a place to live

• Preparing for and finding work.

 *Please note this program is for both Aboriginal and Non Aboriginal participants.

 Contact John Rowe  johnr@wf.org.au  (08) 9242 6736

The Wirrpanda Foundation provides employment and training assistance only for the ReSet Program. For all other enquiries please contact. 

 Contact Wungening  helpdesk@wungening.org.au  (08) 9221 1411
For further information please visit https://www.reset.org.au/

Aboriginal Sports Traineeship

The traineeship program sourced and selected employers to host six Sport and Recreation trainees throughout Western Australia. The Department of Local Government Sport and Cultural Industries, the WA Aboriginal Sports Council and WF are committed to improving the number and quality of Indigenous people working in sport and recreation in WA and this project aims to meet this objective. The program allows for participants to obtain on the job experience whilst completing a qualification.

Please note all traineeship positions have been filled.

 Contact Kate Bobridge  kateb@wf.org.au  (08) 9242 6703