COMMUNITY FOUNDATION

Partnerships

Our long term partnerships help us create lasting change in communities around Australia.

Road Safety

Quality

road safety
education

500k+

students

2010

Established
partnership

Lifesaving

knowledge
and skills

Road Safety Education Australia (RSE) aims to reduce road trauma by delivering evidence based road safety education to young drivers and their passengers nationally. Toyota has been working with RSE since 2010.

RSE’s flagship RYDA program provides novice drivers and their passengers with lifesaving knowledge and skills. Over 500,000 16-18 year old students have attended a RYDA program. It is the largest road safety awareness intervention program for young people in Australia.

Students attend six interactive sessions at a dedicated venue during a school day. In small peer groups they are challenged to change the way they think about road safety and learn how to protect themselves, their friends and family.

RYDA reflects best practice road safety education. It is an evidence based program, professionally developed by RSE under the guidance of an internationally renowned, expert Advisory Council.

Visit www.rse.org.au to find out more.

Education

Toyota Australia has partnered with Schools Plus to provide school grants and scholarships for disadvantaged schools and students in the Sutherland Shire.

With Toyota Australia’s Sales and Marketing office leaving the Sutherland Shire, Toyota wanted to create a lasting legacy that would benefit the local community.

Schools Plus is a national charity that delivers high impact philanthropic support to give students the opportunities they need to fulfill their potential.

Five Sutherland Shire schools are receiving funding support from Toyota Australia over the next four years for priority projects. These school projects are aimed at building students’ technology skills, helping at risk students transition to mainstream schools or work and providing occupational therapy for students with special needs.

The Toyota Australia Scholarship Program is offering financial scholarships for young people in Years 10 or 11 in the Sutherland Shire. Scholarships are available to students enrolled in a secondary, combined or special school to overcome barriers created by social and economic disadvantage.

Scholarships

scholarships
and grants

Twenty

annual scholarships

Five

school projects

(based on 2014-2017 figures)

The School Projects

Dunlea Centre, Engadine

The Dunlea Centre is a unique family preservation service for families and young people in crisis. It is expanding its services for ‘at risk' young people between 12-16 years of age. It is establishing a Transition Day Unit to improve outcomes for students moving from its long term specialised residential program back to regular schools and home.

The three schools below are working together on the following project:

Each special education school is introducing a change maker program by employing a specialist Occupational Therapist (OT) at each site. The OT will develop and maintain the students’ skills to carry out their everyday occupations such as school, self-care and behaviour, leisure and play.

They are planning to work together to utilise sensory profiling and OT designed interventions to determine the best way individual students respond to sensory information. They will also educate teaching and support staff on strategies to better support students in their classes experiencing sensory processing issues.

Bates Drive School (Kareela)

Bates Drive is a school for students with special needs. Their students have a wide range of abilities, requiring individualised planning and high levels of support.

Cook School (Loftus)

Cook School was originally set up for students with behaviour difficulties and now has additional classes and an outreach program for students, from Kindergarten to Year 6, diagnosed with mental health issues.

Minerva School (Sutherland)

Minerva School caters for primary and secondary aged students with special needs. Their mission is to make the students a successful part of the community.

Endeavour Sport High School (Caringbah)

A designated sports high school, this school is introducing an innovative STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths) program across Years 7-10, to address decreasing participation in these subjects. Initially the program will target girls in Years 7-8.

Under the guidance of an expert engineer, students will be guided in structured activities involving a working design on the physics of flight, drone construction, and software development and use.

For more information about Schools Plus, visit www.schoolsplus.org.au

Environment

Lower Kororoit Creek, running beside the Altona plant, has been a focus for Toyota for many years.

Together with the Friends of Lower Kororoit Creek and Hobsons Bay City Council, Toyota employees and their families have helped plant more than 40,000 trees and shrubs in the area.

With the end of manufacturing at Altona, Toyota wanted to leave a lasting community legacy that would benefit future visitors to this area.

Toyota funded design and construction of approximately two kilometres of a new pedestrian and cycle path along the creek, as well as wayfinding signage and site specific public art.

Toyota’s funding covers Stages 1, 2 & 3 of the path. Officially opened on 30 July 2017, this section is called ‘Toyota Way’ and is dedicated to the many Toyota employees who have worked at Altona.

‘Toyota Way’ is enhanced with eight, three metre tall sculptures titled ‘Spirits of Time and Place,’ by local artist Geoffrey Ricardo.

Artists from across Australia were invited to submit ideas for this public art commission. Geoffrey’s work was selected from more than 40 submissions. His eight sculptures explore the symbols and metaphors of the area.

TSSC Australia

The Toyota Production System Support Centre (TSSC Australia) shares TPS knowledge and know-how with targeted not for profit organisations.

Our years of manufacturing experience have taught us that small improvements can make a big difference. We use this philosophy to help our not for profit partners find more efficient ways of doing things.

TSSC Australia has supported many Australian non-profit and general industry companies apply TPS to their own operations to help them address their own unique business needs.

Together, we find solutions that make them more productive, maximise available resources, or improve quality and safety.

When our partners tell us about their challenges, we don’t know all the answers right away. What we do know is that we have to roll up our sleeves and meet them on the ‘shop floor’ to learn more. This gives us an up-close look at how they operate so we can work together to find solutions. Once our partners learn our approach, we encourage them to make it their own and use it every day.

Created to sustain the legacy of Toyota’s 54 years of manufacturing in Australia, TSSC Australia is based on a model shared from TSSC North America.

To find out more about TSSC Australia's work with non-profits, visit www.tssc.com.au.