Our History

Northside Enterprise has a long and proud history as a community based non-government organisation, serving young people with intellectual and/or multiple disabilities and their families on the northern beaches and lower North Shore areas of Sydney. Since 1994 we have grown from six service users in a room at a community centre to over thirty service users in our own premises. 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.

Keeping the cupboard tidy               Communicating through art            At Homebush Sports Grounds cheering for Northside

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 current Headoffice and training centre space in 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 are: 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 programs. Consequently we provide a rich variety of flexible respite care services that include leisure and recreation activities during weekday afternoons or evenings as well as weekends.
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 (during the process of seeking permanent government funding sources for support staff) of our innovative Bush Link Supported Open Employment Project for people with intellectual and/or multiple disabilities needing daily on the job support. This project aims 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 in the community.
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).
Consequently Northside Enterprise Inc. provides services to people with intellectual and/or multiple disabilities that are funded by the NSW Government (ADHC) as “Post School Options Program”, “Community Participation Program”, “Transition to Work Program”, “Leisure Link Program”, “Life Choices Programs” and “Supported Open Employment”.