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 1970s
Westernport Youth Refuge (now Emergency Youth Accommodation) began to provide emergency accommodation and support for young people experiencing homelessness. Other youth housing groups were established to provide longer term housing options for young people.
70s
Wayss in the 1980s
Local services planned and developed a regional response to youth accommodation needs, the Westernport Regional Youth Housing Group became the voice for youth housing services in the region.
The Westernport Regional Housing Council continued to develop emergency housing and housing information services for the then growth corridor of Frankston/ Mornington Peninsula.

This also included the provision of family violence “safe houses”.
80s
Wayss in the 1990s
In 1995, Westernport Accommodation & Youth Support Services were incorporated following a consultation process to develop a new service that would meet changing needs, retain the strong community base that had been established over the preceding ten years, and provide a quality service to young homeless people.
90s
Wayss in the 2000s
Wayss experienced a considerable period of growth during the '00s with expanded services in homelessness services, housing and family violence service responses.
00s
Wayss in the 2010s
During this decade Wayss has grown its homelessness and family violence services.

Late 2019, Wayss in partnership launched its first BUILT FOR GOOD project - Main St.
10s
Wayss into the 2020s
In 2020 new head office opened in Dandenong to meet the needs of the growing community and our clients.​

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.