About Access

We are a registered charitable organisation providing employment services for people with disabilities, otherwise known as an Australian Disability Enterprise (ADE).

The organisation was originally set up by a group of people with physical disabilities back in 1949 as a self-help group for people within the community whose disabilities were not due to war service. As such, it is one of the oldest organisations of its type now operating in Australia. Today, Access Industries provides supported employment opportunities for close to 250 people with disabilities in ADE’s located at Seven Hills, Erskine Park and Horsley Park in the Sydney Metropolitan Area, Hamilton (Newcastle), and Lithgow. The total number of employees is circa 500.

Access Industries provides a supportive and professional workplace that creates opportunities for people with disabilities achieve economic and community participation through meaningful employment. All employees of Access Industries receive training and support to deliver quality products for our customers.

As part of its commitment to providing quality services, Access Industries employs skilled Training Officers and Welfare Officers to provide or organise additional training and support for its supported employees (i.e. employees who have a disability). This enables supported employees to optimise their work potential and personal skills, and for those wishing to do so, helps to prepare them to move on into open employment.

Access Industries – The Story

A message from our longest serving director

Hello, I am Dianne Young, I was the chair of Access Industries for 24 years up until the 2017 AGM.

I started at Access Industries when I was 19 years old as the company’s receptionist at our Newcastle facility.  I was enthusiastic and keen to learn. I worked my way up through the organisation until I became the Factory Manager at Newcastle.  I have always been interested in business but equally interested in making sure that people with disabilities have the best options available to them so they can reach their goals and potential. With these ambitions I was elected to the board of directors.

My story is not alone at Access Industries. We have current senior managers that started at Access as a supported employee (that is, a person with a disability). They have worked hard and have been promoted through their areas of interest. Some of these managers are also directors on the board at Access Industries today.

I can assure potential employees that Access Industries can offer you an opportunity to work, learn new things and develop your skills in a friendly environment, if that is what you are looking for.

I can also assure potential business customers that we are a professional organisation focused on meeting and exceeding the expectations of our customers. The company has a strong management team in place that has a breadth of industry and welfare experience. Our commitment to quality is second to none. We achieve operational excellence through training our people; developing and continually improving our management systems while integrating quality, environment and health & safety in all our activities.