17 November 2022
genU continues positive pathway
genU has reported another positive year at its Annual General Meeting on 16 November, strengthening its position to increase service delivery nationally.
In the 2021-22 financial year they assisted almost 67,000 people through diverse services in disability, aged care, childcare, social disadvantage, employment services, professional recruitment, education, and supported employment.
This included around 4000 National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) participants, 228 of whom are employees with disability at genU Business Enterprises, and almost 2800 Victorian aged care clients across services such as Costa House, Home Care Packages, the Commonwealth Home Support Program, Retirement Living, Social Housing and Allied Health.
A further 23,500 Australians with barriers to employment were placed into work by MatchWorks and 4700 plus candidates across Australia were placed into permanent, part time, casual or contract work by IPA, its national recruitment agency.
genU Training upskilled or reskilled over 9940 learners nationally and 200 children received education at Pipsqueaks Early Learning Centre in Lara, while its locally recognised programs such as Seasons Cafés and Catering continued to shine.
In addressing the Board and members, Chair Stephen Roberts acknowledged the significant challenges over the past couple of years and the organisation’s ability to manage and emerge through these.
“We’ve reported another year of positive financial reports and impactful benefit for the community despite the continuing COVID-19 business disruptions and significant industry changes.”
“This includes delivering 1.2 million hours of disability service and re-investing $17.6 million back into the community through developments at Barwarre Gardens, St Laurence Park Retirement Village and Specialist Disability Housing accommodation.”
“Our staff should be proud of their commitment and work, delivering the high-quality services we’re known for and positioning us well for the future,” said Mr Roberts.
Total revenue reported for 2021-22 was $422.1 million, marginally higher than the previous year due to growth in demand for both disability and aged care services.
The AGM also saw several changes to the Board with Life Member Bruce McDonald retiring and several new appointments in Ingrid Williams, Leanne Meehan and Dr Michael Stanford.
Stephen Roberts will step down as Chair, after more than four years in the role; however, will continue as a member of the Board. Newly appointed Michael Stanford will take over as Chair.
genU’s annual report and list of Board members are available at genu.org.au
For more information, please contact Erica Naughtin, genU Communications Senior Manager,