Our Story

BREED was the initiative of the local community and with initial funding from the then Federal Department of Employment, Education and Training (DEET) was incorporated in 1994 with the aim of stimulating economic and employment growth within the Blacktown Local Government Area.

BREED undertook a feasibility study in 1994 which demonstrated the viability of an incubator to focus on nurturing small and developing businesses in order that they may develop entrepreneurial skills, become self-sustaining and meet the needs of their own customer base. The BREED Business Centre was established in 1996 after being successful in receiving a grant of $500,000 to refurbish an unused TAFE building into 34 modern offices, reception and administration. Since then the BBC been providing office accommodation for start-up and small businesses.

As BREED developed it took the opportunity to work within the youth, education and community sectors delivering programs to assist student’s transition to post school education, training and employment. In 2010 BREED secured funding to deliver the Department of Education, Employment and Workplace Relations (DEEWR) School Business Community Partnership Broker Program as part of the National Partnership for Youth Attainment and Transitions.

Over the years BREED has continued to deliver many programs and partnerships, with the major programs involving: Vocational Education and Training (VET), Partnership Brokering, youth at risk of leaving school before year 12. Most recently BREED has been delivering programs targeting young people with disabilities in particular, young people on the Autism Spectrum

 

Previous Achievements

Over the past 23 years BREED has delivered many projects some of which include:

Work Placement Service Provider Program

BREED worked with businesses, high schools, as well as local TAFE colleges to facilitate the work placement of more than 45,000 students.

Digital Enterprise Project

BREED facilitated a program for young people who have Autism Spectrum Disorders. The program aimed to open up a range of post-school options for young persons with disabilities by mentoring them in their chosen field of IT and Technology.

ICareer

The program assisted young people in exploring career options, targeting disengaged and disconnected youth, with a focus on those who were unmotivated, or had low self-esteem or had mental health issues.

Featherdale Work Experience Program

Provided over 90 work experience placements for school students per year.

BREED Transitioning Youth Program

BREED worked with schools to tailor programs that provided an achievable roadmap, resume and portfolio for nominated students that do not fit naturally into mainstream school life.

Partnership Broker Program

Established to build partnerships between education, training providers, business, community groups, government organisations and parents and families. The aim of these partnerships was to improve education and transition outcomes for all young people, and support young people to reach their full educational and social potential.

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Future Direction

BREED is expanding beyond its Blacktown roots to ‘Breed New Beginnings” for Australians using health, education and sport to foster that change. Our goal is to have a profound impact on disadvantaged communities across Australia by providing mainstream services to:

  • improve a person’s chance of getting a job or maintaining/growing their small business
  • expand a person’s education beyond school
  • use a person’s sporting interest to improve their well-being and strengthen important life skills
  • facilitate through our funding the formation of large scale community projects.

 

Meet Our Board

BREED Australia is a not-for-profit association incorporated under the Associations Incorporation Act of 2009. Ultimately the responsibility of the governance of BREED rests with the Board.

The Board’s primary role is to ensure that BREED activities are directed towards achieving its vision and that the mission is achieved in the most efficient and effective way possible while preserving and promoting the BREED reputation.

Nathan Burbridge

Chair, Head of Economic Development, Blacktown City Council

Shane Dooley

Treasurer, Regional General Manager, Westpac

Veronica De Paoli

Director, School Manager-School of Education, Western Sydney University

Steven Brown

Secretary, Etienne Lawyers

Berice Miller

Director, former TAFE

Meet Our Team

The Business Centre is governed and managed by BREED, and is run by an experienced team of committed management professionals.

Each of BREED’s staff members have a different skill-set, available to assist with a diverse range of administration needs ensuring quality in delivery across many industries to its clients. Supporting small businesses with the day-to-day administrative tasks frees up valuable time and leaves them to spend more time on the high value tasks within the business.

Bob Turner
CEO
Ph:  (02) 9853-3200
E:  bturner@breedaustralia.com.au

Donna Patriarca
Centre Manager
Ph:  (02) 9853-3233
E:  dpatriarca@breedaustralia.com.au

Naomi Pikse
Reception & Administration
Ph:  (02) 9853-3200
E:  reception@breedaustralia.com.au

Bianca Kelly
Administration
Ph: (02) 9853-3200
E:  info@breedaustralia.com.au

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Contact Us

Building T2A
Nirimba Education Precinct
Eastern Road
PO Box 147
Quakers Hill NSW 2763

P:  (02) 9853 3200

E:  info@breedaustralia.com.au

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