Strengthening the social fabric of Australia
REDISCOVER. Reskill. Reboot.
Over the past 5 years, Reboot Australia via MACFORCE Australia has provided Mining, Construction and Resource industry information and employment opportunities to reintegrating individuals within WA, QLD and VIC Corrective Services. What originally started as an opportunity to provide information to a minority group during a national skills shortage, quickly developed into an untapped talent pool. Upon deeper review, we began to understand the role that employment had in breaking the cyclical nature many ex-offenders found themselves.
Over this time, we built rapport with prisoners through honest, open and eye-to-eye communication, a trait many craved. We created a blueprint for identifying in-prison talent, built a process to overcome individuals' reintegration challenges and continued to break down the stigma of employing ex-offenders. Our unique and refreshing approach and the trust we’ve built inspired ex-offenders of the possibility of employment post-release. Soon, in-prison information sessions and one-on-one interviews were full. The word had got around and candidates began coming from all avenues. Whether it was from inmates within prison walls or recently released members of society through Workforce Australia, direct from the community or via reintegration services statewide, people wanting a second chance reached out.
As we shared and employed, we developed an understanding of the challenges each prisoner faced upon release and gaining employment. We learnt the ins and outs of the reintegration process, built relationships with key stakeholders and became reintegration employment experts. Our industry knowledge and connection to job opportunities helped us see the gaps within the system. We could see the industry crying out for skilled labour amidst a national skills shortage and an entire stream of candidates seeking a second chance through employment.
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Our lived experience mentors have walked the path. They have created a version of themselves that sometimes never felt achievable. They have worked through their challenges, broken down barriers, and created a new life roadmap. Their Reboot experience is one they share with others looking for direction post-release. Their role is to inspire, build hope, lead, develop resilience and guide someone along a path they've walked.
Ambassadors of Reboot Australia. Visionary champions who not only endorse but profoundly comprehend the social and community value of our mission. Together, we create impact. We create pathways. We create opportunities. We create hope, understanding and freedom. Our ambassadors advise, lead and care deeply about the reintegration journey.
Proud Whadjuk Balladong women, Ladell’s lived experience story of change is one of pure inspiration. Whether it is inspiring women who are walking the road she has in her work with The Voice of Hope Aboriginal Corporation or by advocating the importance of reintegration work to society and community, Ladell is an ambassador with heart, passion and an appreciation of real life challenges and the resilience needed for long lasting change.
Dr Helen Byles-Drage
Dr Helen met the Reboot team during the programs infancy and immediately begun contributing her incredible wealth of knowledge to the initiatives development. With over 20 years experience in Psychology services with the Department of Justice, working one on one with those looking to break the chains of the past, Dr Helen understands the significance of Reboot Australia’s mission and its deep rooted affect that it carries within both the individual and society.
Uncle Len Yarran
Reboot Australia’s good friend, Uncle Len Yarran, proud Wadjuk Noongar elder and inspiring leader at Wadjuk Northside Community Centre. Len’s days are filled with improving the lives of first nation families, walking on country and sharing culture. His foundational and ongoing collaboration with Reboot has allowed the program to flourish in this space, developing a robust mission to impact the intergenerational challenges faced Australia wide by our indigenous brothers and sisters.