About

100% Indigenous Owned Business

Dean Wynne, owner and founder, is a Noongar elder and has served on the South West Aboriginal Land and Sea Council.

Whilst the business is a commercial entity, an important reason for its existence is to provide opportunities for indigenous employment. We are committed to training and equipping Aboriginal people with the skills to be able to work. Our workforce is almost entirely Indigenous, and employees, whether long or short term, gain valuable experience and transferable work skills.

Established and Experienced Aboriginal Business

Through hard work, Indigenous Workabout has forged a reputation for reliability, meeting timeframes and delivering great results.

Indigenous Workabout’s activities span locations in WA’s Southwest up to Perth. With an initial focus on the construction industry, the business expanded into services to Western Australia’s mining sector and has now further broadened such that landcare and gardening comprise a significant portion of our operations. Our business and our people, are passionate about operating in an ethical and sustainable manner, protecting the environment and fostering native Australian flora and fauna.

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Dean Wynne
Founder and managing director

Dean Wynne commenced the business in 2006, with the aim of building a better life for his family and creating employment opportunities for Noongar people in WA’s Southwest. In the early years, Indigenous Workabout (“IW”) was primarily involved in the building industry, chiefly fulfilling painting and maintenance contracts. The business’ offering has changed with time and work for the mining industry and the Government sector now contributes a significant part of Indigenous Workabout’s revenues. Under Dean’s leadership and mentoring, Indigenous Workabout has always genuinely sought to provide Indigenous people with meaningful work. He is committed to providing training and fostering development of the requisite skills for employees to build careers and have successful futures.

Background

From the late 1980’s, Dean spent a decade working for the WA Education Department as an Aboriginal Liaison Officer. This role took Dean from the Southwest, throughout the Wheatbelt, and out into the Goldfields. Over this period, Dean worked closely with the many local Indigenous groups and built a great network of contacts. He developed an understanding of the social issues in these communities and became certain in his belief that education, training and employment opportunities are the keys to building a better future for WA’s Indigenous people.

Subsequent to his stint with the Education Department, Dean held roles with TAFE, Australia Post and Burdiya Aboriginal Corporation as a Youth Worker, Recruiter and Service Coordinator. All roles were concerned with identifying and supporting Indigenous candidates and workers. Also, Dean was engaged by Mercy Employment Fremantle as the Indigenous Coordinator of the Indigenous Work Ready Program, View Consultancy as a mentor, recruiter and trainer, and the Uniting Aboriginal and Islander Christian Congress in a youth mentoring role. Education and experience has brought Dean to the understanding that Indigenous people need opportunities and support to succeed. Dean is both an employer and a mentor. He values Indigenous knowledge

Qualifications

Cert IV in Mental Health
Cert IV in Training and Assessment
Senior First Aid

Community / Voluntary Positions

2015 – 2016: Director - Gnaala Karla Booja Native Title Agreement Group (South West Aboriginal Land and Sea Council)
2012: Chairperson - Burdiya Aboriginal Corporation, Fremantle WA
2012 : Chairperson - Statewide Cultural Corridor, Edmund Rice Institute Fremantle WA.

Dean was featured in a Water Corp television commercial/community service announcement regarding the Noongar season “Makuru”:

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