The Compass Story

The Compass Institute Inc. is an award-winning For-Purpose organisation, dedicated to providing support for people with intellectual and/or physical disabilities. At Compass, we believe in the extraordinary potential of human beings and are driven to create a world where EVERYONE can have the opportunity to create the life of their choice.

Many people implicitly associate disability with liability, and then assume that passive welfare is the solution. Our philosophy is to take an asset-based approach. We focus on unlocking each individuals’ unique potential through rich and meaningful learning and personal development programs, skills-based training and a multitude of vocational opportunities through Compass’ wide range of social enterprises.

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IT FEELS GOOD TO BE SEEN

Celebrating 20 years of supporting people with disabilities to thrive.

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Our Enterprises

Compass Connections Café in Nambour offers a full breakfast and lunch menu, along with tasty treats all made in-house with LOVE and served with a smile and lots of laughs by our amazing team of Trainees and café staff!

CONNECTIONS CAFé NAMBOUR

Compass Connections Café Maroochydore is centrally located in Baden Powell Street and offers a full breakfast and lunch menu, along with tasty treats all made in-house with LOVE and served with a smile and lots of laughs by our amazing team of Trainees and café staff!

CONNECTIONS CAFé MAROOCHYDORE

Located in the picturesque Maroochy Bushland Botanical Gardens, Compass Garden Café offers an oasis of relaxation accompanied by coffee, tea, milkshakes and the warmth of our Trainees and team. Be sure to try Deharn’s famous home-made scones!

GARDEN CAFé

Located at Compass Farm, Harvest Kitchen is a commercial-style kitchen that offers catering services to the Farm and also produces a wide range of beautiful home-made condiments including jams, chutneys, pickles, sauces and flavoured salts, which are sold to the public as speciality hampers. Produce can also be found in our Garden Café and Wabi Sabi Creations.

HARVEST KITCHEN

Located in the heart of Nambour at C-Square, Wabi Sabi Creations is a unique store selling hand-crafted creations made by Compass Trainees from across our many campuses – from pottery, to woodwork, paintings, hampers and more – you won’t be disappointed!

WABI SABI CREATIONS

Rakes and Panes is a property maintenance service that covers lawn and garden maintenance along with window cleaning. Our Trainees, along with Compass Farm Trainer Jack, are only too happy to service your residential or commercial property for you at competitive rates and of course – always with a smile!

RAKES AND PANES

News and Stories

  • Compass Monthly Photography Competition

    Compass Monthly Photography Competition

    Each month, Compass trainees focus on a specific photography theme to refine their skills. Our judges then select a winner, and thanks to the generous partners that provide fantastic prizes. This initiative offers trainees a wonderful opportunity to learn and improve their photography.

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  • Did You Know: School to Adult Life Transition

    Did You Know: School to Adult Life Transition

    Reach out to the Community and Mainstream Team at Carers Queensland to begin talking about a young person’s School to Adult life transition and join in at one of their Family Connect Forums to share ideas and knowledge in a relaxed and positive environment. Attending the forum will assist you to find new potential avenues…

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  • Compass celebrates 20 Years with a heartfelt Country Shindig and a one-of-a-kind Photo Exhibition

    Compass celebrates 20 Years with a heartfelt Country Shindig and a one-of-a-kind Photo Exhibition

    Celebrating 20 years of changing lives on a daily basis, The Compass Institute Inc put on the party of the year with their 20th Birthday Compass Shindig, which included local singing sensation Taylor Moss headlining the event. In true Compass style, at Venue 114, their 20-year journey was celebrated with a grass-roots, authentic, feel-good country…

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