Our History

OCTEC started as a two person youth service in Orange (Central West NSW) back in 1976 and has grown to be an award-winning service provider operating across large parts of NSW, the ACT and Victoria. OCTEC has delivered every major government-funded employment services program since its inception including CYSS (Community Youth Support Scheme), SkillShare and Job Network.


  • 1976: Commenced with support of Orange City Council
  • 1977: Funded as Community Youth Support Scheme (CYSS) in Orange
  • 1989: Started Community Service and Health training with UnitingCare Ageing
  • 1990: State government mature workers program and Telstra Best of Health Contract
  • 1991: State government disability employment programs and federal youth service funded
  • 1992: Federal disablility employment program for competitive employment
  • 1995: ESRA Case management for Indigenous, youth and mature workers; Attained Registered Training Organisation status, commences labour hire, LEAP
  • 1996: State government funding for Indigenous employment and post-release support, supported accommodation for youth, began Huntley Berry Farm
  • 1997: Co-wrote with industry partner and had accredited, one of Australias first Certificate III in Aged Care Work for Assistance in Nursing
  • 1998: Job-Network Community Work Coordinator contracts awarded
  • 2001: Federal government 'Networking the Nation' Program
  • 2004: Federal Health and Ageing aged care training

Many people ask what OCTEC stands for. OCTEC used to be known as the Orange Community Training and Education Centre however when we expanded beyond Orange and across Central West NSW, the Committee of Management decided to adopt the acronym, OCTEC, as the legal name of the organisation. OCTEC Incorporated became OCTEC Limited in 2010 when the Committee of Management agreed to change the organisation’s legal status from an Incorporated Association to a Company Limited by Guarantee.

While OCTEC remains a provider of youth and employment services, we now deliver a much wider range of services:

  • Disability Employment Services
  • Q.temp Labour Hire Services
  • Transition to Work Youth Employment Services
  • Work for the Dole Coordinator
  • Secretarial Services
  • Technology Services
  • Aspire NSW Youth Services
  • Shed Ed Links to Learning Project
  • Youth Frontiers Mentoring Program
  • Nationally Accredited Industry Training
  • Employment-based Traineeships
  • Online Learning and Distance Education
  • Business and Service Industries Training
  • Civil Construction Industry Training
  • Community Services and Health Training
  • Health and Safety Training, and
  • Rural Industries Training.