Present Programs

BUNGALA FOOD SERVICES

Bungala Food Services (BFS) is an initiative of the Bungala Aboriginal Corporation, set up as a female indigenous employment program that aims to provide unemployed women in the community with training and up-skilling opportunities in the areas of cooking and hospitality.

BFS was fortunate enough to receive a matching grant from the Federal Government – Rural Job and Investment Packages allowing it to purchase a mobile food canteen and to also refurbish a commercial kitchen. An upgraded kitchen provides cooking and food preparation training in a modern and realistic environment, while the portable canteen allows exposure to hospitality and customer service skills for participants.

As a non-for-profit indigenous corporation, Bungala self-funds the Food Service Program. All profits made through the sale of products are reinvested back into the program.

Bungala recognised that while the expansion of numerous solar renewable projects across the region had produced some opportunities for Aboriginal men, there were far fewer employment options for women. Being an Aboriginal Corporation, we understand the barriers and challenges that some women face when trying to find work, hence the program was set up to be flexible and inclusive. When at work the participants are exposed to a realistic work environment where they are shown how to work efficiently, read recipes and follow set instructions. These values that are instilled into participants will allow them to be stand out candidates for any future jobs they apply for.

Participants of the program are also able to transfer knowledge gained to their homes, preparing nourishing food for their families. This has a flow on effect which improves the quality of life for many people in the community and reduces the burden on our already strained health system.

AGED CARE

Bungala Home Care (BHC) delivers Commonwealth Home Support Program (CHSP) Home Care services in Oodnadatta (Dunjiba Community), funded by the Department of Social Services, including a new service development within Port Augusta 

Service include: 

CHSP Service 

Oodnadatta 

Port Augusta
(New Service 2020) 

Transport 

Yes 

TBA 

Meals 

Yes 

Yes 

Domestic 

Yes 

TBA 

Social Support – Group 

Yes 

TBA 

Social Support – Individual 

Yes 

TBA 

BHC’s team provide CHSP services to clients aged 65 and 50 for Indigenous clients. All staff receive training through TAFE SA for a Certificate III in Individual Support.

The Commonwealth Home Support Program in Oodnadatta is delivered by Indigenous workers to offer assistance to the older people of the community, with the aim to allow them to remain as independent as possible in their own homes and the community for as long as they can or choose to be.

The services include:
Domestic Assistance: To assist people with domestic chores to maintain their independence to manage everyday activities in a safe, secure and healthy home environment to also aid with their showering, shaving, dressing etc. CHSP can also aid in accessing much needed equipment such as walking frames.

Meals: BHC provides two meals per day and the opportunity for social participation and interaction during the meals.

Social Support (Group): To assist people to participate in community life and feel socially included through structured, group-based activities that develop, maintain or support independent living and social interaction. Shopping assistance will also be provided.

Social Support (Individual): To assist people to maintain independence in community and feel socially included through monitoring their need for social contact and company. Weekly shopping advocacy to social service and technology

Transport: To provide people with access to transport services that support their access to the community and other commitments such as medical appointments, grocery shopping, to and from their home or BAC centre.

BUNGALA PASTORAL

All projects under the Bungala Pastoral umbrella aim to return under-used or un-used properties to their previous economic capacities.

Emeroo Station
Emeroo Station is a 6.386 hectare property 15km outside of Port Augusta, a previously under-used pastoral property being restored to economic production under the Government funded North West Indigenous Pastoral Project. Through the project Aboriginal workers find employment and additional on the job training through building maintenance, fencing, construction and painting, to name a few. The old Emeroo Station Homestead has already been restored through the project, and is now used for training purposes.

Ostrich Farm
Ostrich Farm, located adjacent to Emeroo Station, is a 4.966 hectare property and is undergoing a similar transformation after having been dormant for years, now offering multiple employment opportunities to Indigenous workers.