New depot for Clean Force social enterprise opens in Melbourne

by Sophie Berrill
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Clean Force opening

Clean Force Property Services has announced the opening of a new depot in Heidelberg West in Melbourne, marked with a celebration from The Hon Bill Shorten MP, Minister for the National Disability Insurance Scheme and Minister for Government Services. 

Clean Force, part of WISE Employment, provides quality commercial cleaning services and job opportunities for people from all walks of life. This includes those receiving NDIS funding, Disability Support Pensions and people living with mental health challenges. 

“I first visited Clean Force 14 years ago, a not for profit cleaning company hiring people with disability and those who have trouble getting a meaningful, steady job,” Shorten said in a LinkedIn post on 5 October.

“It is a wonderful organisation and I was extremely proud and moved to open its new depot in Heidelberg in Melbourne today.”

Bill Shorten

Bill Shorten at the opening of Clean Force on 5 October. Photo: Eva Gorobets

Strong growth for Clean Force

The relocation from Preston to the new building in Heidelberg West comes after years of strong growth for Clean Force. 

WISE Social Enterprises as a whole employs 450 staff and generates $22 million in revenue, with the Heidelberg West depot currently employing approximately 300 people and generating $10.5 million in revenue. 

Clean Force tells Facility Management that all staff are directly employed and subcontractors are used only for some specialised services. Both staff and the staff of subcontractors are paid at, or above, award wages for the relevant role.

The goal is to employ another 50 people in the next 12 months at Heidelberg West to service more than 200 different sites from this depot.

Changing lives through employment

WISE Employment CEO, Matthew Lambelle, says this is an exciting milestone for both WISE and Clean Force. 

“Clean Force has the power to change lives through employment by giving people a chance to overcome difficulties in finding a job. We are giving deserving people the opportunity to earn an income, be independent and experience the many benefits that come with sustainable employment, especially for mental health,” he says. 

“The new depot is a major milestone and allows us room to continue supporting and giving hope to Australians wanting to join the workforce.” 

Amy.

Amy speaking at the opening of Clean Force Property Services’ new depot. Photo: Eva Gorobets

Operating since 2001, Clean Force has supported people such as Amy, who declined to share her last name and has been working with the company for a year and a half.

“Being a part of the community with Clean Force shows how they really help in getting jobs for people with disabilities of all different types. It’s allowed me to meet great people and have them not only as workmates but more like family. My mental health is great and having a job with Clean Force has really changed my life. I’ve never been this happy,” she says. 

The new Clean Force depot is now open at 10 Beatrice Ave, Heidelberg West, Victoria.

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