About Maxima

Maxima is a not-for-profit employment services and training organisation with a 30-year history.

Our five-year strategic plan says a lot about our strengths and the things we care about:

  • closing the gap in Indigenous employment outcomes;
  • assisting people with injury, health condition or disability to gain and keep meaningful employment;
  • upskilling new entrants and existing workers; and
  • helping other disadvantaged minority groups to find their way into the workforce.

We are driven by a desire to make a real difference and are rewarded every day by the life-changing outcomes we create for many of our inspiring clients.

Our passion has made us a leading player in the Federal Government’s Disability Employment Services program, and consistently rated as one of the country’s top performers in achieving outcomes for job seekers.

Maxima is also a leader in helping the business community achieve Indigenous employment targets and build a stronger and more diverse workforce. We have 280 Indigenous trainees and apprentices placed with host employers, including national leaders such as Australia Post, Qantas and major banks.

Maxima Board

The Maxima Group is a not-for-profit Incorporated Association. Its purpose is to provide benefits to the community rather than generate profits, but as with other organisations, Maxima is operated on commercial lines and surplus funds are re-invested in the organisation’s activities to provide maximum benefit to the community.

The Maxima Board meets quarterly and has three  subcommittees on Finance, Marketing/Communications and Risk.

  • David Cockram (Ex Officio) – Chief Executive Officer
  • Steve Tonkin – Accounting
  • John Schumann (Chair) – Marketing /Communications
  • Mike Hawkins – Education / Training
  • Wally Iasiello – Engineering / Technical
  • Tracey Kerrigan (Deputy Chair) – Work Health and Safety / Workers Compensation/ Legal
  • Mike Nolan –  Management
  • Kate Blizard –   Human Resource / Organisational Development

Board Committees

  • Finance
  • Risk
  • Marketing & Communications


Maxima Board of Directors
Pictured from left: Mike Hawkins, Tracey Kerrigan (Deputy Chair), Steve Tonkin, John Schumann (Chair), David Cockram, CEO (Ex Officio), Kate Blizard, Mike Nolan and Wally Iasiello.

Maxima offers national reach through an innovative network

Maxima is a key partner in the National Workforce Network (NWN), an innovative one-stop-shop for employers seeking quality candidates anywhere in Australia.

Employers who use the NWN include some of the biggest national names, including Spotless, Starbucks and Target.

The major benefit for employers is a central, national account manager who serves as a single point of contact for all the employer’s recruitment needs, regardless of the states or markets in which they operate.

The account manager delivers a tailored recruitment process, backed by the resources and expertise of all members of the NWN.

Employers gain access to a greater pool of candidates, leading to a strong shortlist of jobseekers who are pre-screened and interviewed ready for employment.

Maxima can also offer a much wider selection of candidates through upskilling.

We can tailor a program to an employer’s specific needs or help them benefit from government initiatives such as Disability Employment Services and Indigenous Employment Programs.

The NWN will tailor a recruitment process that meets the needs of the individual employer. The recruitment process includes:

  • Creating a role description
  • Detailing employment conditions
  • Establishing selection criteria
  • Pre-screening and interviewing potential employees
  • Tailoring solutions to industry labour shortages through working with training organisations for up-skilling candidates
  • Liaising with labour hire organisations for payrolling options

Talk to Maxima today about putting the NWN to work for your business.