Doing Small Business in the Bush

Working with the Kurdiji in Yuendumu Matrix co-created a short course to introduce people to business concepts. The course was developed over six months and involved eight co-creators. The end result was a community literally buzzing with enthusiasm to learn more about running their own businesses and itching to start trying out their business ideas. This project was commissioned by Central Desert Regional Council in response to requests for training by the community.

ER Workforce Development

As part of a project funded by the Department of Social Services, Matrix undertook a survey of the Emergency Relief sector to establish their workforce development needs.  There are 319 organisations that deliver Emergency Relief services to vulnerable people from 1045 outlets across Australia.

We found that 70% of the work is delivered by a volunteer workforce and interestingly all paid staff and half of the volunteers use email in their work. To read more about the workforce development needs of the ER sector download the report  here.

Quality of Life Study

This important study looked at the impact on moving people with severe disabilities from Rydlemere and Westmead government run institutions to group homes around Sydney. The redevelopment of large residential centres is a significant social reform in NSW, and fits within a broader ‘human rights approach’ to disability services.

MoneyMob Talkabout

MoneyMob Talkabout is a community-based program delivering financial literacy education with and for people in remote Indigenous communities, in order to help them positively manage their money. The program has permanent locations in Amata and Pukatja in the APY Lands that provide a one-stop shop for local community members to interact with the broader economy in a safe and supportive environment

Family & Domestic Violence Program Review

NPYWC required the services of a consultant to undertake a review of its Domestic and Family Violence Service (DFVS), and to recommend an effective and sustainable service model within the scope and requirements of current funding contracts. This also needed to take into account the complexities of the service delivery environment.