What We Do

Ungooroo

Ungooroo promotes culture through a significant range of regular and ad hoc events such as NAIDOC Week activities, Elders’ morning teas, and other functions. Through a variety of partnerships, we provide accredited and non-accredited training and education as well as mentoring services. Our experienced field site officers provide culture and heritage services by engaging with mining companies and archaeologists and consulting on the significance of artefacts and identified Aboriginal sites. Using our extensive network, Ungooroo connects Indigenous people with advocacy groups, relevant health services, employment opportunities, business mentoring and other services across the Hunter. Utilising our extensive network, Ungooroo aims to connect Indigenous people with advocacy groups and other services across the Hunter.

Health Services

Our accredited Medical Centre provides a broad range of health services including GP services, access to specialists, complementary health services and a mums and bubs outreach clinic. We also link local Aboriginal people to Aboriginal sexual health workers and mental health practitioners. We also provide a broader range of health services which extend to dietetics, hearing and audiology, occupational therapy, speech therapy, optometry and physiotherapy. Our general practice is endorsed as an Aboriginal Community Controlled Health Organisation  ACCHO. We are also a member of (NACCHO) (the national body in Aboriginal Health). We are also accredited as a General Practice through Australian General Practice Accreditation Limited (AGPAL).

Art and Culture

Through our Wupa@Wanaruah (WUPA) initiative we promote authentic Aboriginal art and culture. This initiative provides a vehicle for emerging and established artists to show their work and continue to develop as artists. Each year we launch a six-month art trail every year through the Hunter Valley. When the art trail ends, artists continue to exhibit in a number of local wineries for the rest of the year. WUPA started from humble beginnings in 2009 with two artists exhibiting in two venues in the Hunter Valley over a weekend. By its tenth year, WUPA had grown to more than 20 Indigenous artists exhibiting their work over several across seven venues throughout the Hunter Valley.

Aboriginal Enterprise Development Officer

The Aboriginal Enterprise Development Officer (AEDO) is a program aimed at helping with with the establishment of new businesses, the growth of existing businesses and the sustainability of all businesses. The AEDO program is staffed by Aboriginal people who have experience in small business operations and management. AEDO’s are in touch with the needs of Aboriginal communities and work closely with local industry and business development agencies. Ungooroo’s AEDO is Craig Layer.

New Careers for Aboriginal People Program

The New Careers for Aboriginal People is a program that assists Aboriginal people in finding work or improving their current job prospects. NCAP programs are staffed by Aboriginal Employment Advisors who themselves are Aboriginal. Our Aboriginal Employment Advisor, Darren Wright, is in touch with the needs of the Aboriginal community. Darren has established networks with employers, business groups and training providers within our local region. He can assist with employment and training advice, mentoring, and a range of other employment support services.

Labour Hire and Corporate Services

Ungooroo’s Dookal Group provides three main business-to-business services – labour hire, corporate workwear and corporate merchandising. Through our labour hire services we provide workers to companies under contractual arrangements. Our workwear provides corporate-branded clothing while our merchandising provides corporate merchandising. Our workwear and merchandise can also incorporate Indigenous designs from our WUPA artists.

Special Homelessness Program (for Youth)

Ungooroo provides strengths-based, client-focused casework and support under the Specialist Homeless Services (SHS) program. This program is funding by the Department of Family and Community Services. The specialist homelessness services work in partnership with a range of service providers (such as Ungooroo) with a view to helping people who are at risk of becoming homeless to stay housed, and to help those who are already homeless to find and keep a home. Through this program, Ungooroo aims to empower young people with choices and options, provide pathways for our youth to build their skills to address their homelessness in a supportive environment.

NDIS Provider

Ungooroo is an approved provider under the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) and provides a range of NDIS services. The services include Coordination of Supports, Individual Supports and Supported Employment Options. Ungooroo are also able to provide other therapeutic services aligned with NDIS funding, including occupational therapy, speech therapy and physiotherapy (available if the service meets the general criteria of the NDIS package).

 

Achievements

Some of our more recent achievements include:

Taasha Layer, CEO Ungooroo, receives an award from BHP Billiton

Implementation of a range of health services (GP, dietician, physiotherapy)
Implementation of dental services
Successful tender for the Aboriginal Enterprise Development Officer (AEDO) program
Successful tender for the New Careers for Aboriginal People (NCAP) program
Cert 1V Accredited Training for our Board of Directors
WINNER (2013) Not for Profit Business of the Year – Hunter Region BEC
WINNER (2013) Arts & Events Business of the Year – Hunter Region BEC (for our achievements with Wupa@Wanaruah)
WINNER (2012) Indigenous Business of the Year – Hunter Region BEC
WINNER (2011) Indigenous Business of the Year – Hunter Region BEC
WINNER (2010) Highly Commended & Indigenous Business of the Year – Hunter Region BEC
WINNER (2009) Highly Commended & Indigenous Business of the Year – Hunter Region BEC
successful tendering in the DEEWR Indigenous Employment Panel
successful tendering in the DEEWR Indigenous Business Panel
development and growth of sustainable Indigenous businesses
WUPA@Wanaruah Art Exhibition held annually
coordination of Drayton Coal contract
Our history reflects an ongoing list of achievements that have made Ungooroo Aboriginal Corporation what it is today. Some of our long-term achievements include:
creation of a Welcome Centre
development of Awabakal medical services at the CWA Hall
inclusion of optometrist services
development of Wandiyali Womens Group
implementation of the Community Development Employment Program (CDEP)
completion of governance training for all board members
development of a regular diabetes clinics.
Our services reflect our commitment to the ongoing development of Indigenous skills, including:
the creation of job-ready workshops
the creation of business focussed workshops
the implementation of basic computer-literacy courses.