Diversity

Wayss values diversity and is responsive to the needs of all people including, but not limited to, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people; people with a disability; lesbian, gay, bisexual, transsexual and intersex people and culturally and linguistically diverse people of all ages.

All clients can expect the following:

  • Not to be exposed to violence or abuse; not be made to feel uncomfortable; and not to be exposed to any form of discrimination
  • To receive a confidential service
  • To access inclusive family violence and homelessness services
  • To have feedback, including complaints, about the service received openly and positively
  • To have appropriately trained staff

Gender Diversity & Sexuality

Wayss is working to reduce barriers to accessing family violence and homelessness services for people of diverse sexualities and gender.

All Wayss staff aim to ensure client access to a safe and inclusive service that promotes health and wellbeing. If you identify as Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Intersex or Transgender, you can expect:

  • To be provided with information about LGBTI services
  • To have appropriately trained staff
  • To be consulted about service provision
  • To see that diversity is valued and respected.

Disability

Wayss will not discriminate against any person with a disability accessing our services. 

We acknowledge, and are aware, people with disabilities may experience greater difficulties accessing housing. 

We will assist people with disabilities to access appropriate accommodation.

Aboriginal & Torres Strait Islander People

Wayss respectfully acknowledges Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people as the First Australians and the Traditional Owners of the land and continues to acknowledge and respect their continuing connection to culture and country. 

We are committed to providing an inclusive service to all people, including Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people.

Children

As a child safe organisation, Wayss will:

  • listen and respond to all complaints and allegations of abuse to children
  • be proactive in assessing and managing the risk of abuse to children
  • be committed to ensuring children actively participate in decisions affecting their lives
  • maintain environments where the views, values and concerns of children are respected and heard
  • work in accordance with Victoria’s Child Safe Standards and Principles
  • provide ongoing training and education to our board members, staff, students and volunteers on child safe practices and behaviours, child abuse and safety risks
  • have clear policies and procedures in place to enable us to meet our commitment to being a child safe organisation
  • have robust human resource management and recruitment practices to reduce the risk of child abuse by board members, staff, students and volunteers


Employment with Wayss​

At Wayss, diversity and inclusion is an integral part of our culture and purpose and we are committed to being an organisation that embraces equity, diversity and inclusion.  

We believe in the inherent strength of a vibrant, diverse and inclusive workforce where the backgrounds, perspectives and life experiences of our people help us to forge strong connections with our clients and communities, to deliver positive outcomes for our clients and innovate and make better decisions for our organisation. 

 

Wayss in the 1990s

Then in September 1997 the organisation became WAYSS Limited with a Board of Directors and day to day management by the Chief Executive Officer.

Wayss underwent further transformation with the restructure of community housing and the funding of the Transitional Housing Management (THM) program. The Regional Housing Council ceased operation and transferred direct service operations to Wayss in 1997.

During this decade Wayss became responsible for the then South East Women’s Domestic Violence Outreach Service. Funding was also received to establish a Children’s Services Worker within the outreach service. SAAP funded Women’s Outreach Program was also transferred to Wayss in 1999.