Quality – We provide competent, professional services with a holistic approach
Creativity – We are proactive, flexible and resourceful
Mutual Respect & Caring – We operate in an atmosphere of mutual respect and genuine caring between staff and consumers
Integrity – We are honest, reliable and open
Commitment – We share a passion to achieve the best for people with disabilities, to maximise their potential and for them to be seen and treated as equal members of society
We exist to train, support and assist people with intellectual and/or multiple disabilities in gaining the social, vocational and living skills they need to enhance their quality of life and contribute to the community.
1. To promote the independence, worth and dignity of people with intellectual and/or multiple disabilities.
2. To provide programs for people with intellectual and/or multiple disabilities in living skills, community access skills, social and communication skills and pre-employment skills appropriate to their individual needs.
3. To liaise with schools, TAFE Institutes, business and community organisations and other service providers to improve the existing services available to people with intellectual and/or multiple disabilities.
4. To encourage and promote citizenship and self-advocacy for people with intellectual and/or multiple disabilities.
Our Staff and Management
Our training and programming staff are highly skilled in service provision to people with intellectual disabilities and/or multiple disabilities. We practice flexible and creative approaches to learning, whilst working collaboratively with parents, families and carers.
Ina Vukic (CEO)
B.A. M.A. Ps., Psychologist; Former Psychologist and Team Leader Disability Assessment and Diagnosis Services (1980 – 1988); Former Area Manager Disability Services Central Sydney Area Health Services/ Sydney Inner-West Area (1988 – 1992); Former Director of Disability Specialist Services Inner West Sydney (1993 – 1996). Ina has been leading our organisation since the beginning of 2003 and is committed to assisting and facilitating people with disabilities living full, inclusive and fulfilling lives as all other members of our community.
Northside Enterprise has a long and proud history as a community based non-government organisation, serving people with intellectual and/or multiple disabilities and their families on the Northern Beaches and Lower North Shore areas of Sydney.
Northside Enterprise began as a small supported employment Service in 1991 funded by the NSW State Government. Following the first Commonwealth State Disability Agreement, employment Services became funded by the Commonwealth Government.
In 1993 Northside successfully tendered for a Post School Options program, which commenced in January 1994.
Our employment service did not fit any of the Commonwealth’s service models, so in 1995 we transferred the employment service to Shore Personnel, which allowed them to open an office in Brookvale, thus retaining an employment service on the Northern Beaches.
Northside Enterprise became an incorporated association in 1997 operated by a volunteer Management Committee made up from persons from various professions in the community. All committee members have an interest in ensuring people with disabilities experience quality of life.
We soon outgrew our first site, a room in Narraweena Community Centre, and the service split into two sites, one at Narraweena, and one a church hall in North Manly. In 1998 we came together again, in rented office space in Dee Why. By 2001 we again had outgrown our premises and were searching for larger premises, when thanks to a benefactor we were able to purchase our space in William St., Brookvale.
During 2005 and 2006 Northside Enterprise Inc was successful in its tenders to the NSW Department of Ageing, Disability and Home Care (ADHC) to become a service provider for the new post-school programs to be offered to adults with disabilities. The new programs were: Community Participation Program and Transition to Work program.
During 2008 we were successful in our application to ADHC to become one of the service providers in Northern Sydney area for Leisure Link/Recreation/Flexible Respite programs. Consequently we provide a rich variety of leisure and recreation activities during weekday afternoons or evenings as well as weekends.
In 2008 our growth meant that we needed to set up new premises and, hence, established our second centre at Grosvenor Pl., Brookvale.
Furthermore, in that year, Northside Enterprise Inc. was most fortunate to receive the significant financial sponsorship from ROCHE PRODUCTS PTY LTD to utilise for the establishment and initial operation of our innovative Bushlink Open Supported Employment Project for people with intellectual and/or multiple disabilities needing daily on the job support. This project aimed to provide people with disabilities needing daily on the job support with a wider choice in employment and, hence, enhance their lives and increase their social standing and inclusion in the community through real employment.
During 2009 we were successful in our tender to ADHC to qualify for a place on the Panel of service providers for the Life Choices programs (Centre based with community access as well as Individual community based) and Active Ageing Program as well as pre-qualifying for Supported Accommodation services.
In May 2016 Northside Enterprise Inc. was successful in its application to become a registered NDIS (National Disability Insurance Scheme) Service Provider, to roll out into the NDIS as of 1 July 2016.
Northside Enterprise Inc. has a proud and strong tradition of excellence, person centred and individualised services to people with intellectual and/or multiple disabilities. We tailor our supports and activities in accordance with personal needs and and goals.