Mission Statement

Western Vocational Association is a

non-discriminatory organisation, which promotes equal opportunities for people with a disability, within the wider community.

Committee of Management

The General Manager

Our General Manager is Mr. Brian Paterson. Brian has worked for Jobs West for over 20 years and is committed to the ideals of the organization. His knowledge of the sector is extensive and we are extremely fortunate to have him at the helm. Brian is also an elected member of the Committee of Management.


The Committee

The Committee of Management consists of four Executive Officers and four Committee Members. They are:



Carol Burnett

Vice President

Ganga Selvariajan


Laura Leigh


Joe Raudino


Jessica Leigh


James Byass







Carol Burnett

Qualifications - B Ed (Secondary), Grad Dip Vocational Education and Training, Cert IV in Assessment & Workplace Training


Carol has over twenty years of experience in teaching and adult education. Her many years of management experience in the tertiary sector, the not-for-profit sector and the government, provide skills that can be utilised by WVA. She has been a volunteer in various organisations for over 30 years and is now semi-retired. Favourite pastime is travelling and favourite quote is: Don't get weird about getting older. Our age is merely the number of years the world has been enjoying us!!


Jim Byass

Qualifications ? Leaving Certificate and Employee Training Education


Jim has been on the WVA Committee of Management since 1996 and is also still a volunteer in many other organisations such as:

  • Treasurer and member of Vietnam Veterans Association Sub-Branch,
  • Residents Association; member and past vice President,
  • Community Environmental Groups, including the Shire Historical Association, 
  • Road Management Committees in Shire,
  • 20 years of  D/Rest Bowling Club executive


Jim spent 2 years enlisted into the army as part of National Service and served half of that in Vietnam. He has worked for the Federal Public Service for 39 years, including 30 years? experience as Duty Airport Manager at Tullamarine. He has 2 children, 2 grandchildren and since retirement, describes himself as a domestic manager who likes to travel his country Australia

Ganga Selvarajan.

Qualifications: Masters in Professional Accounting, CPA.


I was a client of Jobs West and they helped me to get a job. My way of giving something back was to volunteer to be a client representative on the board of the Parent body Western Vocational Association (WVA). I have been on the board for more than 10 years now. Have served in the capacity of Secretary and now I am the Vice-President.  Being on the board has helped me a lot personally too as I have learnt a lot here and made friends too. Also I enjoy being part of a wonderful board as through them I can contribute my bit towards helping people with a disability.


Other interests: Reading, Walking, Travelling, Cooking and Craft.

Joe Raudino

Qualifications - B.Bus (Acc), F.C.P.A, Registered Tax Agent, MYOB Professional Partner, Joseph has over 25 years of experience in the accounting and finance industries. Originally working for large corporations including BHP, Brambles & Serco, he has over the last 14 years been running his own public accounting practice. He has also been a volunteer for various organizations since 2001.


Jessica Leigh

Qualifications: Bachelor of Legal Studies and Bachelor of Law

Jessica is admitted as a Solicitor of the Supreme Court of Victoria and High Court of Australia and has over 10 years' experience in the legal industry. Jessica's studies at La Trobe University focused largely on criminology, social science and human rights. She has been an active Committee of Management member for approximately 9 years and is the Staff Liaison Officer and a member of the Industrial Relations Sub Committee. She has recently given birth to a beautiful baby girl.


 Laura Leigh
Qualifications: Bachelor of Arts (Public Relations) and Graduate Diploma in Teaching (Primary)


Laura is a Primary school teacher who is currently working in the Early Years section. Laura is our newest committee member and is looking forward to the future with Western Vocational Association.



The two extra people in this photo are the trooper on the right, Brian Paterson our General Manager and the vicar behind him, David Armstrong who sadly passed away too soon. David has left a lasting legacy in the work that he did for the Committee of Management.