CEO's Overview

The end of the financial year is always a busy time for Essential Personnel, but it's also a great time to reflect upon the year we have just had and the achievements we have made.

Some of our top achievements of 2020/2021 are:
  • 38% of our staff have a disability
  • 49% of our staff care for someone with a disability
  • We continue to support over 700 customers across the Wheatbelt and Metro area to achieve their lifestyle and employment goals
  • We have opened a new service Oakover House in Northam
  • We secured a new contract with the Department of Primary Industries and Regional Development.
  • We launched our Employment Buddy Program with Rise.

(Launch of Employment Buddy Program at the Perth Disability Service Provider and Participant Connection Expo)

We are really excited about this program as it provides a unique opportunity for 50 young people to become employment ready through using a combination of workshops and tailored coaching.

At the start of the program, the young person is asked about their dream job and behind the scenes we try to secure a placement for them in this role. Once we have secured the placement, the young person will then implement their learning via a recruitment process which reflects the real world. If they successfully secure the placement and complete the program they are invited to attend an awards ceremony. We have seen a growing interest in the program with many registrations coming through already.

One unique part of this program is that we are partnering with Rise to engage and upskill employers by facilitating a ‘Buddy training program’. This part of the program equips the employer with information relevant to the young person and disability, enabling them to provide an inclusive and quality placement.

How can you get involved:

  1. Please refer any young people that meet the criteria to the program here (criteria: 15-24 years, have a disability, can commit to 8 hours per week for 3 months); and/ or
  2. If you have a role in your organisation that you feel could provide the young person with a dream opportunity for 4 hours and you have a champion you would like to put forward to be a Buddy, email

Please note, the young person does not need to have an NDIS plan, but must have a disclosed disability.

Kind regards,
Dawn McAleenan
CEO Essential Personnel


Since the last newsletter, we have had another lockdown in Perth. Like many other services, these uncertain times have taught us to be agile and adapt to the changing circumstances without compromising on our service delivery to customers. Our staff have been engaging with customers to offer alternative supports especially to those who live independently in the community and could be at a further risk of isolation during lockdown.

Our respite home has been busy, with different customers accessing it throughout the month to enjoy a break, engage in activities of interest, or just to simply connect with people of similar age and make new friends.
Oakover house is a respite home in Northam which is staffed and equipped to support individuals with varying needs. It has:
  • Four comfortable bedrooms
  • Two bathrooms
  • Different activity spaces with TV, DVD, art and craft supplies
  • A patio with barbeque facilities
  • A fully equipped kitchen and dining area
Everyone deserves a break. If you are living at home with your family or looking after a loved one, we can support you to get a break. This vital respite can help you to remain living at home long term or when looking after someone long-term. A break may be provided through a range of activities and services. Whichever option you choose, we will listen to you, and support you and your family. 
a very neat and homely room
Leanne and Lizzy smile as they do activities at the northam respite home
Please get in touch via emailing or simply making an inquiry through our website and we will follow up with you.

From a personal reflection, since joining the organisation in November, I have been enjoying the diversity of services that I oversee and the positive impact they have on our community. Whether that is breaking down the barriers to employment for young people with disability, walking alongside our customers to find and sustain a job they love, or providing essential lifestyle services. We hope to continue to share this journey of building resilient communities through delivering services focusing on empowering and building independence.

Warm regards,
Navneet Kaur
Regional Manager


Josh and his employer stand in their uniforms
Aaron sits in a chair
(you can click the images for more)
Our Disability Employment team in Moora have been working with Josh (on the left) and his local Farmer Jacks to help him on his employment journey. Josh has now secured a position at Farmer Jacks and is enjoying it, all the best with the new job Josh!

Another customer Aaron, after 3 years of hard work, has completed his dream of making a feature-length film! Aaron is grateful for the support of our team and wanted to encourage our customers saying, "believe in yourself, we can all achieve our goals!" 🎥
Jodie smiles as she holds a large bouquet of flowers
Jodie has reached a milestone of 8 Years in employment at Dalwallinu Hospital! Our team have built a close relationship with Jodie and the team at Dalwallinu Hospital to ensure Jodie has the support she needs, as she continues to support so many others in her community.
💐 Congratulations Jodie!

Our customers are achieving their goals! 😊

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Thanks for being a part of this great
Essential Personnel community!

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