From Sarina's desk - today (17th September 1979) we celebrate 31 years in business!

Hi to All!


Congratulations to you all! 31years of continuous success in business in the 21st century is an extraordinary milestone for us all!


This is an exciting day for all of Management, staff, clients, family and friends to reflect on our success over the last 31 years in business on a state, national and global scale!


From humble beginnings in 1979 fired as a secretary with $2600 in capital to now us being a top 400 privately owned Company in Australia:  we can celebrate our individual, team and Group contributions to an extraordinary story of passion commitment, drive and self belief!


We have as a Group enhanced thousands of people's lives, through education, training and job creation! A big thank you!


I want to again, and again personally thank you today, tomorrow and beyond, and ask you to celebrate with me!


Let's drive attitude and have gratitude for what we have achieved through this journey of 31 years!


Our extraordinary capacity to tap our full potential from today and beyond!


We are a group of geniuses with talent, expertise, experience and abundance of passion to excel and compete in good and tough times!


Over 3 decades, we have seen change in our industry and today "rapid change", whilst its inevitable, we are proud of the Group's ability to adapt, re-engineer, services, products including ourselves. For me this gives us the opportunity to stimulate our thinking more than ever and soar with the Eagles!


The opportunities that we have in our industry nationally and globally are enormous and the challenges of life and business makes us stronger: our challenges must elevate our thinking to become more and give more!


Once again, congratulations on our success as we all stand from the roof top and sing...


Happy Birthday by Steve Wonder... "Louder!!! I want to hear you guys sing......


Below is a summary of some of our achievements of the Group!


  • Sarina Russo now has 1100 staff


  • Sarina Russo Job Access (Australia) - 5 star offices Mitchelton, Toowong & Fortitude Valley.  Our Mitchelton office is the number one office in Queensland and the number one Stream 4 office in Australia


  • Sarina Russo Job Access NEIS is the number one performing provider in Australia.  Helped start up 746 businesses nationally over the past year


  • Sarina Russo Job Access Disability Employment Services has commenced nearly 500 people with severe work barriers into programs since March 2010 with over 130 of them being placed into a job.


  • Sarina Russo Job Access (Great Britain) - Celebrates one year of Flexible New Deal operations on 5 October 2010. In conjunction with our Community Task Force contract we operate 14 employment service sites across West Midlands, London and Brighton


  • Sarina Russo Schools | Australia continues to maintain its position as an industry leader in vocational and English language education.  In an extremely tough international education market, Sarina Russo Schools | Australia continues to deliver while competitors have closed their doors.


  • Sarina Russo Institute - Skills for Industry has trained over 1200 unemployed people with job ready skills and qualifications.  Due to the success of our Productivity Places Program and Skilling Queensland program we have secured an extended training contract with the Queensland State Government worth $10 million.
  • Russo Recruitment is on track for significant growth this year. Temp numbers doubled since the Global Financial Crisis. Commercial client retention is excellent and Gross Sales for our Government business, to August 2010, are up 64%


  • Sarina Russo Apprenticeship Services has over 60,000 apprentices on our books and continues to grow our national business with clients such as Telstra, QANTAS and Westfarmers.  We successfully tendered for the Federal Government's Apprentice Kickstart Extension program


  • VOICE continues to assist 100s of unemployed jobseekers address psychological challenges which has led to employment, education and positive life changing outcomes.  VOICE delivers a professional supervision service for psychologists-in-training and offers a private psychology service to the community. Appointed to a national panel of assessors for Disability Employment Services clients in assessing their needs in the workplace


  • James Cook University Brisbane held its first graduation ceremony in Brisbane in September 2010. Over 100 students graduated with degrees from the JCU Faculty of Law Business and the Creative Arts.  JCUB currently has just under 1000 post and under graduate international and domestic students enrolled


See you at the top! Ciao for now!

Sarina Russo
Managing Director