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Our Businesses

Empowering the path of purpose, passion and genuine contribution for Tasmanian’s with different disabilities

At OAK Tasmania, we recognise that great fulfilment can come from a sense of purpose…it comes not just from being accepted by our community, but contributing to it.

However for many Tasmanians with disabilities, the options for expanding their experience through meaningful work appear quite limited.

What makes OAK Tasmania unique is that we not only provide a full range of lifestyle services for Tasmanians with different abilities, we also offer genuine training and employment through six OAK Tasmania-owned businesses.Our businesses are devoted to producing quality products while empowering those with disabilities to take the next step into independence.

Walkabout Industries – Recycling and shredding paper, bagging firewood and producing potting mixture.

Oakdale Industries – A premium range of timber products – from floorboards to chopping blocks.

Tahune Fields Nursery – High quality pome and stone fruit tree cultivation for commercial orchardists.

Mailhouse Tasmania – Specialised bulk mailing services for government and private businesses.

OAK Sewing Services – Sewing and over-locking for hospitals, schools, businesses and sporting clubs.

Grove Heritage Nursery – Preserving Australia’s largest collection of ‘heritage’ apple trees.

Each business offers valuable service to the individuals and the community and any operating surplus is channeled back into ongoing initiatives within the OAK Tasmania.

“By continually asking ourselves how best to nurture the path of high possibility for those in our care, we continue to open doorways of new growth as an organisation – while expanding our service to the community. While many of our supported staff arrive into the workplace with a limited sense of their own ability to contribute, the path that unfolds is often life changing and transformational.”

“Our major purpose for being is to have a positive impact and contribution to the lives of people with disabilities… The successful businesses we have created in the process are in many ways a by-product of this deeper commitment. By focusing on the needs of our people first and foremost – by making sure we have a happy morale, safety culture second to none, a staff that is waking up saying, ‘I want to go to work,’ for all the right reasons – we have laid the groundwork for a truly successful businesses… And it shows across the board.”

John Hollis, Divisional Manager Oakdale Industries.