Our History

Wayss beginnings can be traced back to the 1970s, when various charity groups sought to address a growing need for emergency accommodation services in the Westernport region of Victoria. Among them was the Westernport Youth Refuge, which evolved to become an integral part of Wayss, and is now known as Wayss Emergency Youth Accommodation (EYA).

Wayss Ltd was officially established in September 1997, after the Regional Housing Council ceased. A board of directors formed, which then appointed a chief executive officer. Among the initial services included transitional housing for families, women and children escaping family violence. Also, services for single adults and young people.

Over the decades, Wayss has implemented and operated numerous housing, homelessness and family violence services. Today, Wayss provides services across Greater Dandenong, Casey, Cardinia, Mornington Peninsula and Frankston.

Timeline

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.