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About Us

Strategic Direction

SkillsConnection’s future direction is governed by an objective business planning process with our most recent plan covering 2017 to 2020 and takes into consideration future growth requirements.

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Our History

SkillsConnection Inc. is a non-government not-for-profit organisation and is registered with NDIS, TAC, WorkCover and DHHS.

We provide disability services, supported employment and venue hire.

SkillsConnection links people with futures, and promotes quality of life for the disability community by providing services and programs tailored to people with disabilities.  SkillsConnection aims to empower individuals, develop skills, encourage choice making and promote people’s rights through our day programs, which involve work/activity opportunities for all.

Starting in 1979 as a sub-branch of the Barwon Regional Consultative Council of Community Services, in 1981 the organisation became the Colac Community Development Association Inc. (CCDA).

CCDA’s early focus was as a community-based self-help group operating from the Colac Community Centre, which the organisation managed from the mid 1980’s. In due course CCDA expanded its range of services by providing open and supported employment services.

In the early 1990’s CCDA was registered as a disability service provider with the Department of Human Services offering a range of disability support services. CCDA added new facilities to support this area of the enterprise.

In 1999 CCDA incorporated Colac Work Skills into its operations and acquired RTO status, which allowed it to offer a range of training and business services. In the same year CCDA purchased two of its main sites and began improvements to its properties and facilities to support this growth.

In the early 2000’s CCDA leased property adjoining the Colac Otway Performing Arts and Cultural Centre (COPACC) to build a theatre gallery which would become the home for its disability services Arts Connection, and a base to add further artistic diversity and value to the Colac and regional community.

In 2006 CCDA began implementation of a comprehensive management system covering human resources, performance management, administration, safety and quality.

In September 2007, CCDA became SkillsConnection.

Our Vision, Mission, Values and Code of Conduct

The over-arching vision of SkillsConnection is “Linking people with futures” and we seek to fulfill this vision by:

  • Offering a diverse and relevant range of programs and services.
  • Facilitating new opportunities and initiatives.
  • Participating in partnerships, cooperative ventures and networks.
  • Responding to issues impacting on individuals and/or the community.

SkillsConnection’s values are embodied in our Code of Conduct which applies equally to our Board, Management and all Employees.

The Code describes behaviours that are intended to enhance and embody our business activities by encouraging everyone to ask themselves “what is the right thing to do?”

  • We treat people with respect.
  • We are honest and transparent in all we do.
  • We are accountable for all our actions and their consequences.
  • We use our resources safely & responsibly.
  • We abide by the law and act accordingly in all aspects of our work.
  • We recognise the diversity, capability and potential of our community.

Organisational Structure

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Studio 92

The concept of Studio 92 is to provide artists with the opportunity to display and sell their work along side work from artists in our gallery space and our online website www.studio92colac.com


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We are always keen to hear from artists of all abilities outside our program

Working together towards a common objective which is "Linking People With Futures"

Our Team

With a team of more than 170 full-time, part-time and casual staff, the SkillsConnection Management Team, supported by the Board, assist and enable the delivery of programs and services to the Colac community.

Our Team