Creating a
positive future.

Heta provides quality training and employment services, aimed at assisting people reach their full potential. We are a team of driven people who value and respect diversity. We create positive futures by:

- Assisting job seekers to gain sustainable employment and individual independence;

- Delivering high quality training and education to students.

What do we do?

Heta creates a positive future for individuals and communities by working with those experiencing disadvantage or barriers to employment, training and community participation.

  • Support includes: assessment, case management, employment skills development, job placement and training.
  • Disadvantage could be: financial, cultural, intellectual, physical, emotional or just not getting what you need!

Heta delivers Disability Employment Services (DES), New Enterprise Incentive Scheme (NEIS), Indigenous Employment Services, and is an approved Skills for All Training Provider delivering accredited training qualifications.

How do we do it?

We source government funding; through tenders and grants so that we can deliver quality programs that support people to be independent.

We are also fortunate enough to have corporate support from socially responsible partners who want to give back to those who need it most and offer a volunteer experience that changes lives through engagement and understanding.

Heta can provide you with any information from our site in alternative formats, including other languages. Please contact us to find out more.

Heta is an approved Skills for All provider.


At Heta we assist job seekers by helping them gain sustainable and meaningful employment. Heta works with job seekers before and after employment to ensure they have the skills, knowledge and support to succeed.

Heta staff use a range of approaches to assist learners to achieve the desired outcome. Skill development can include basic computer operations, preparing job applications, interview techniques and resume development. Work experience can also be arranged. There are fun and interactive programs to improve every individual’s employability.

Heta also delivers accredited training and is a Skills for All Training provider. Students may be eligible for additional employability support through Heta’s Learner Support Program.

Together – we can create a positive future.

Board Profiles

Sandra Dann


Sandra Dann is the Chair of the Heta Board. She is the Director of the Working Women’s Centre and has a particular interest in community sector management and the training and employment needs of people who may need a hand. Sandra is also Co-Chair of the Women’s Services Network and President of the Industrial Relations Society of SA.

Tricia Garnett

Deputy Chair

Tricia Garnett joined the Heta Board in August 2007. For many years Tricia has been involved in local community organisations and not-for-profit boards. Tricia has a strong personal commitment to social justice and equity and demonstrates this through her continued community involvement. Tricia is currently employed as the General Manager of Effective Australia Pty Ltd which is a national company working with injured and disabled workers.

Lisa Hubbard

Lisa Goodchild joined the Heta Board in 2008. Lisa is a solicitor at Norman Waterhouse Lawyers specialising in property, infrastructure and development law and local government law. Lisa provides legal advice to both public and private clients operating in South Australia and nationally.

Troy-Anthony Baylis

Troy-Anthony Baylis joined the Board of Heta in April 2009. He has had employment and voluntary experience within a range of arts, health, education and social justice organisations in South Australia. He has a strong commitment to community cultural development and the important work that Heta does in harnessing greater opportunities for people to overcome disadvantage and disengagement. Troy-Anthony is also a recognised Aboriginal visual and performance artist and is currently a PhD candidate at the School of Art, Architecture and Design at the University of South Australia.

Emily English

Emily joined the Heta board in September 2012. Emily recently moved back to Adelaide from Canberra, where she worked as a Senior Adviser in Federal Politics for more than six years. She has extensive experience in strategic policy, communications, parliamentary procedure, and stakeholder engagement. In 2011, Emily was chosen as a future young political leader, to participate in the Australian Political Exchange Council’s 43rd delegation to the United States of America. Emily is currently working for the South Australian Network for Drug and Alcohol Services, as their Project and Policy Coordinator.

Nicholas Eldridge

Nic joined the Heta board in September 2012. Nic is a brand strategist who holds considerable experience relating to corporate identity and brand management and has worked closely with clients to design and implement corporate identity systems, developing long term brand strategies for their organisational branding. He is the current National Treasurer of Australian Graphic Design Association and is an occasional lecturer in Information Typography at UniSA. Nic is an active member of Australian Graphic Design Association, Design Institute of Australia and the New York Type Directors Club.

Mark Anders

Mark joined the Heta Board in July 2013. Mark is a chartered accountant with over 16 years’ experience working for various chartered professional firms. He currently works for RSM Bird Cameron in Adelaide and has previously spent two and a half years working in Papua New Guinea. Mark provides numerous services including audit and assurance, corporate services and the provision of specialist advice to clients in the not for profit and private sectors.

Katie Wright

Katie joined the Heta Board in August 2013. Katie is a qualified solicitor specialising in employment law. She was admitted to practice in the New South Wales Supreme Court in 2007 and practiced in Sydney until 2012, when she returned home to Adelaide. Katie is presently employed by the University of South Australia as a Senior Employee Relations Advisor. In addition to law, Katie has significant experience providing volunteer services to the not-for-profit sector, reflecting her strong interest in community welfare and social justice. She is the Greens candidate for Mawson in the next State election.


Heta is all about helping people reaching their full potential. Heta provides quality training, support and employment services and has been successfully doing so for more than 30 years.

Our services focus on

Increasing job seeker success in gaining sustainable employment and individual independence, and supporting people to regain personal control of their own lives.

No matter who comes through Heta’s doors, the diversity of options available to participants means that there is something for everyone.

We offer the following services

  • Disability Employment Services
  • Indigenous Employment Services
  • Small Business Development (NEIS)
  • Employer Support Services
  • Mature Aged Worker Program
  • Accredited and Non-accredited Training
  • Skills for All


As a Registered Training Organisation (RTO), Heta offers flexible, professional and individualised services to all learners. Registered Training Organisations are Government-approved providers of nationally recognised training. RTOs are recognised as providers of quality training and are authorised to issue nationally recognised qualifications.

At Heta, programs are run across a range of qualifications and are fully supported by our training team. A training plan is developed between the participant and the trainer to ensure that the content is suitable, support needs are identified and a training and learning approach is established to ensure the best possible chance of success.

Heta delivers training in a range of styles including: classroom, distance learning and workplace-based. Recognition for prior learning (RPL) is available. Some programs have specific attendance requirements and these will be discussed at the time of inquiry.


Job Seekers

At Heta we work intensively with job seekers, empowering them to become job ready and assist them in obtaining work experience and employment. Our job seekers participate in many employment focused programs and are often characterised by a high degree of dedication and commitment to their employment role.

Heta offers a range of programs to job seekers.

Job seekers with a disability

Heta runs a Disability Employment Services program that offers development of a personalised pathway and provides individual support for people aged 15 and over with a disability, medical condition or injury who are seeking employment.

Job seekers looking to start a small business

Heta is a New Enterprise Incentive Scheme (NEIS) provider. NEIS targets assistance to unemployed people by helping them to turn a business idea into a viable business and become a self-employed business owner. It includes accredited small business management training, income assistance and mentoring support.

Job seekers looking for further training

Heta offers flexible, professional and individualised training services to all learners. Heta delivers nationally recognised accredited courses under the Skills for All initiative and non-accredited personal development courses.


Heta offers Indigenous Employment Programs (IEP) that provide support and assistance to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders through accredited and non-accredited training, work experience placements and links to employment opportunities.


Heta has developed a reputation over the years for providing individualised, support services to a range of employers willing to give an opportunity to one of its job seekers. Heta’s experienced staff will work with you to meet your recruitment needs. Best of all, our services are offered at no cost to your business. Heta offers a range of diverse and flexible employer support services in a variety of industries.

Heta always has a number of participants ready to join your business. Having completed one of our preparatory training programs, these participants are energised, motivated, and have the necessary employability skills.

We work in partnership with you to achieve safe, productive and lasting work experiences for both you and the job seeker. We believe our unique model of empowering people through our employment programs, our provision of post-placement support and our individualised approach to your specific needs will create positive outcomes your business.

At Heta we:

  • Find, screen and put forward the best match for the skill set you’re after – saving you time when engaging new employees.
  • Can arrange for potential employees to undertake up to ten days unpaid work experience in your workplace – giving you the opportunity to assess their suitability, prior to any commitments being made.
  • Offer ongoing assistance through transition and mentoring support to achieve a win-win situation for both the individual in their job, and you as the employer.
  • Arrange access to wage incentives, clothing for the job and work materials to eligible employers through a range of agencies and funding schemes.
  • Arrange access to a range of diverse and flexible employer support services, including: user choice traineeships and apprenticeships, work/life balance programs, disability awareness programs, and assessment services.


Heta supports the communities in which it operates through its work as a training, employment and support organisation, as well as through the community programs they deliver.

You too can contribute to the community through Heta’s program Corporates4Communities, which works to match volunteers with organisations where there’s a request for a particular skill set.

The Community Grants Program also supports the community, providing funding to individual projects for disadvantaged members of our community.

Not only are Heta staff passionate about the work they do with participants, they also support the broader community through donations gathered at program meetings, casual days and site meetings. Heta supports a variety of local charitable organisations, nominated by staff.

Find out more or register your interest for Corporates4Communities →

Talk to someone about Corporates4Communities →


The Hon Kate Ellis Visits Heta

Heta was pleased to host The Hon Kate Ellis, Minister for Employment Participation on April 16th, 2013 at Heta’s Adelaide office.

Minister Ellis welcomed the opportunity to speak about the DES (Disability Employment Services) program and its importance in improving employment opportunities for people with a disability. Minister Ellis acknowledged Heta’s success in being the only provider in SA to be awarded an Indigenous speciality as part of their DES contract.

Heta staff and Indigenous participants were able to share their stories with Minister Ellis about achieving employment and the resultant increase in personal growth and development as well as confidence and self-respect.

Find Heta at the Upcoming Expos

Interested in finding more about our programs and services? Visit our interactive stall and say ‘Hi’ to our friendly staff at one of the upcoming expo’s this April!

Find us at Youth Expo 2013, St Clair Recreation Centre, 109 Woodville Rd, Woodville, on Friday April 5th, 11am – 2pm and at Autumn Trade Day –Nursery and Garden Industry South Australia, Stirling Angas Hall at Wayvill Showgrounds, on Wednesday April 17th8am – 11am.

We look forward to seeing you there!

Graduations week

Congratulations to Heta participants who have graduated with Cert II in Horticulture this week – at Blakes Crossing Dog Park Launch on Monday 25 February 2013 and at Aboriginal Garden Blitz Program on Wednesday on 27 February 2013 – great work, we are very proud of you all!

First Corporates4Communities Forum

Ten community organisations have benefited from attending the first Corporates4Communities Forum that was held around the topic of Corporate Governance at the ASC Training Centre on Monday 25 February 2013. It was great to see people share their experiences, network and exchange ideas. Not for Profit organisations are welcome to register with Corporates4Communities program or contact Heta 8212 7771 to find out more.

Blakes Crossing Dog Park Project Launch

Heta is delighted to promote the opening of the new dog park at Blakes Crossing to be held on Mon 25 February 2013. 20 of Heta participants were involved in building the dog park over the last several months all the while learning valuable skills to attain their Certificate II in Horticulture. Their achievements to date have been fantastic – 12 full certificates, 7 partial completions, 3 transfers into our training program in the city and 1 work experience! Heta team would like to take this opportunity to celebrate them!

The Blakes Crossing dog park was delivered by Lend Lease as a community training and employment project in conjunction with Heta, City of Playford, Bendigo Bank, Department of Further Education, Employment, Science & Technology and Northern Futures. The training program was designed to help Heta’s participants attain a Certificate II in Horticulture and re-enter the workforce. For referrals to Certificate II in Horticulture please contact Lana on 08 8234 2500.

Exciting New Project – The Peace Foundation Garden

18 participants have embarked on an exciting project of creating environmentally sustainable raised garden beds at the Graham F Smith Peace Foundation in North Adelaide. Participants started on 21 January 2013 and are working towards achieving their Certificate II in Horticulture.

Two days a week the participants are out on site, learning how to identify client’s needs, design the garden and draw a scale plan, research quotes for materials, test soil, propagate plants, use chipper to make mulch, install an irrigation system, look after plants. ‘Hands-on’ training is supported once a week in a classroom environment.

“Our participants are taking the ownership of the development of the garden and are embracing the opportunity to input their ideas into the project, particularly knowing they are supporting The Graham F. Smith Peace Foundation,” – says Josie Parenzee, Horticulture Trainer.

Graham F. Smith Peace Foundation works for Peace through the Arts and supports projects that promote environmental sustainability.

Please contact Heta on 08 8234 2500 if you are interested in joining the next group scheduled to start on 27 May 2013.

Fresh produce by Heta participants

A group of participants who work towards achieving their Certificate II in Horticulture grow some fantastic stuff at the local community garden! Come down to Seaford Meadows Twilight Market, Railway Rd on Fri 1 Mar, 6-9pm to support them and to buy some freshly harvested vegies, you can definitely taste the difference!


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