Making Houses Liveable Homes

Our home is our castle. It’s a place where we can relax and unwind, but for many disabled people, finding a home can be harder than you think, which is why Central continues to support the Liveable Homes initiative.

Liveable Homes aims to increase the number of universal access homes built in WA, with an ultimate goal of making it standard practice.

To support the cause, Central stage three Diploma of Building Design students and stage two Cert IV Residential Drafting students designed a ‘Liveable Home’, with awards on offer to the students with the best designs.

The Disability Services Commission funds the competition and Central has participated for the past two years.

To compete, the students prepared designs for a two-storey home on a battle-axe block, which included the essential features of a Liveable Home, while adhering to Australian building regulations.

These features included a flat level walkway to the entrance, wide entrance doorways, wide internal doorways and halls, accessible toilet on the entry level, an accessible shower at entry level and reinforced walls in the bathrooms and toilet.

Mark Hudson from the Disability Services Commission, Andrew Shellam from Webb, Browne and Neaves and Central Lecturer Vic Whitehurst judged the best design.

This semester’s winners were Laura Calpak from Cert IV Residential Drafting and Van Nam Hai Nguyen from Diploma of Building Design.

The success of Livable Homes continues to expand with many Perth building companies commonly including the criteria into the design of their new homes.

Chongqing College’s 50th Anniversary

Central’s international partner, Chongqing College of Electronic Engineering recently celebrated its 50th Anniversary. To mark the occasion the college put on an impressive array of events.

To help them celebrate, Central provided a video message from M.D. Neil Fernandes and had staff attend the celebration.

The College and the Chongqing Education Commission were delighted to receive Neil’s message that celebrated the anniversary and partnership with Central.


Neil’s message played on the big screens throughout the campus and also featured photographs from the original Australian-Chongqing VET project.

Currently there are three qualifications that are co-delivered by Chongqing and Central lecturers:

  • Certificate IV and Diploma of Accounting
  • Certificate IV in Programming
  • Diploma of Software Development Diploma of Electronics and Communications

Central and Chongqing College have enjoyed a successful relationship since 2011.

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Premier’s Award for Foyer Oxford

Youth homelessness is an all to familiar problem that destroys opportunity and has a massive effect on quality of life.

To combat this growing trend, Central, in partnership with the Housing Authority, Foundation Housing and Anglicare WA launched Foyer Oxford in 2014.

The success of the Foyer Oxford project was recognised at the recent Premier’s Awards for Excellence in Public Sector Management, where it won the Strengthening Families and Communities Award.

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Foyer Oxford is a holistic response to homelessness. It provides safe and secure accommodation, as well as access to services like education, training and employment to help at risk young people live independent and productive lives.

Premier Colin Barnett stated the recipients and nominees of the Premier’s Awards recognise positive changes in the community.

“The range of benefits includes economic, social, environmental, cultural and the health and wellbeing of West Australians. The award entries are an excellent way to share good ideas, good methods and great results – with each other, other jurisdictions and the wider community”, Premier Barnett said.

Foyer Oxford is the first facility of its kind in WA and one of 1,000 Foyers across the world. The model is considered best practice because it provides at-risk young people with long-term transitional accommodation and comprehensive support.

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Trip to the Bat Cave

For most people, a trip to Thailand consists of sun, poolside cocktails and general R&R, but Central’s Environmental Monitoring and Technology students aren’t most people.

During May, environmental students, led by lecturer Gun Dolva and Global Vision International (GVI) went to Thailand to be involved in conservation work and learn about Thai culture.

Funded by the Federal Government through the VET Outbound Program, the two-week trip was the perfect opportunity for students to utilize their existing skills and build some new ones.

The students had a full schedule involving a variety of conservational and cultural activities including, rainforest surveys, turtle husbandry, beach cleaning and learning all about Thai culture.

For many, the highlight of the trip was travelling to Khao Sok to stay on floating huts. From there, the students took a ten kilometre hike to a bat cave and a dawn boat trip to spot primates and birds in the rainforest.

The experience gave the students a unique opportunity to study and appreciate the natural beauty of Thailand.


‘Hiking to reach a cave deep in the rainforest with spiders larger than the circumference of a bucket; living on floating bamboo rafts; birdlife rarely seen; finding colourful insects; and caring for turtles no larger than the size of my palm. These are all experiences one cannot find on the internet. The people are fantastic and the food better’, said Central student Steve as he reflected on the trip.

A conservation expedition to the remote corners of Thailand is an adventure most people will never experience, but for these Central environmental students it was a rare opportunity to use their skills in one of the most spectacular places on earth.

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Kyle’s taking design skills to Dallas

Certificate III in Printing and Graphic Arts (Graphic Design Production) student Kyle Falzon blew away judges at the national level of the Adobe Certified Associate (ACA) World Championship, and is now off to Dallas, Texas to represent Australia and compete in the global competition. Kyle (pictured above right) was presented his award by the national competition organiser, XCERIO’s CEO, JB Tinker (above left).

“The Adobe competition was a great opportunity for a young designer like myself. It was a new experience working under such a strict deadline. I was initially shocked by the amount of work we had to do, but as the day progressed I found the competition easier,” Kyle said.

The calibre and number of Central printing and graphic arts students who entered the national competition made judges sit up and take notice. In fact the judges made a decision to relocate the competition to Perth this year, with Central acting as the host venue. This year’s judges were impressed by the high exam scores, application of Adobe products to industry standards, quality execution and the creative solutions shown.

Judging table at Adobe Certified Associate (ACA) World Championship,
Judging table at Adobe Certified Associate (ACA) World Championship.

Ten Central students were selected to compete in the National Championship, which consisted of a real-world design brief challenge, set by 2015 Charity Partner, The Big Issue. The brief consisted of two poster designs and a vendor postcard design. You can see the final designs on XCERIO’s website.

First, second and third prize winners were all Central students, with Claudia Donovan-Hicks winning second prize and Irra Mamangun winning third place. Claudia and Irra won cash prizes and all the finalists won a new WACOM tablet.

“I am very excited to attend the World Championships in August. It is going to be an amazing experience representing Australia and it will look fantastic on my resume regardless!” Kyle said.

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Central training program making inroads in Africa

Central’s successful bid for an Australian Aid Infrastructure Skills for Development (IS4D) project drew on staff expertise in project management training and language and literacy support. The Australian Government launched the IS4D Program to build Africa’s public-sector capacity to plan and oversee the delivery of priority infrastructure projects.

The IS4D Program supports the ambitious Programme for Infrastructure Development for Africa (PIDA) adopted by African Heads of State in 2012. Central’s principal in the IS4D program is Cardno Emerging Markets (Australia) Pty Ltd, the contract manager of the Australia-Africa Partnerships Facility on behalf of the Australian Government.

The IS4D program opened in Johannesburg earlier this year with a week-long workshop for the 36 participants, all senior staff involved in large infrastructure projects spanning twelve African nations. Central has developed a customised training program incorporating an action learning model, with current road, rail and port infrastructure projects forming part of the participants’ assessment.

Central staff presenting a workshop for IS4D program
Central lecturer Sophie Hugon presenting in the workshop in Johannesburg.

The program runs for ten months, with the first stage being individual training needs analysis conducted by Central lecturing staff during an onsite visit in Johannesburg. The three specialist staff members Alain Otto, Sophie Hugon and Margaret Langford were all French speakers, a real asset to communication at this early stage of the project. Gaps were then identified and each participant received a customised learning plan. The training component of the project is being run online, following careful consideration of the unique issues of the location, specifically internet speed and power outages.

Students receive extensive support, from an in-country technical mentor with infrastructure experience, to language and learning support. At the completion of the program, the participants will have completed units in an Australian project management award.

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Contact Portfolio Manager Enterprise, Maree Tabb via email for more information about Central’s progress in the IS4D program.

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