At South West Personnel, we love being involved in the local community.
Whether it's participation in local fundraising and sporting events, or lending a helping hand to charities and non-profit groups, we do it with passion.

Check out what we've been up to lately...



Quiz Night to Support Water Aid

Thursday 26th February saw South West Personnel’s best and brightest minds battle it out at a Quiz Night organised by the Bunbury Water Corporation - a fundraiser for international charity Water Aid.

Paul Osborn, South West Personnel's  OSH Coordinator, was the unofficial Most Valuable Player on the SWP table, earning a few “How the heck do you know that?” glances from the rest of us, and his paper plane creation very nearly earning us some points in a bonus round.

Sadly we didn’t come away with the win, but funds were raised for a very worthy cause. Water Aid assists communities in 26 countries, helping them access safe drinking water and adequate sanitation and hygiene practices. The projects implemented by Water Aid are designed so that the communities are eventually non-reliant on continual charity support, enabling them to be self sufficient with a higher quality of life and at less threat of preventable disease.


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  • Quiz Night to Support Water Aid
  • Quiz Night to Support Water Aid
Jim Medew - Tokyo Marathon

Jim smashes 4 hour mark in Tokyo

On 22 February 2015, in beautiful Tokyo, Japan, SWP’s marathon man Jim Medew achieved two important personal goals: to complete the event in the top one third of all race finishers, and to achieve a sub four-hour time.

Coming home in just 3 hours and 57 minutes, not even the cool 5 degree temperature could dampen Jim’s spirit, as he joined 36,000 runners from all over the world to compete in the 2015 Tokyo Marathon.  As one of 175 Aussies who competed at this year’s event, Jim said “there was a strong men’s field this year and it was a privilege to compete in such a well organised event … and the people of Tokyo were amazing!”

And while he went to Japan simply to compete, Jim didn’t expect to fall in love with Tokyo as much as he did, saying “the food was outstanding, the train system was phenomenal, and the effort that goes into recycling in this wonderful country is something we could all learn from – we certainly left our hearts in Tokyo.”

Competing in the Tokyo Marathon means that Jim has now ticked another box in his ‘6 before 60’ campaign.  “First New York, then Tokyo … and next up is Chicago.”  With Jim’s daughter about to relocate to Toronto for her studies this will provide the perfect opportunity for Jim to combine his passion for running with the pleasure of spending time with his family.

We wish you the best of luck for the year ahead Jim!

  • Jim Medew - Tokyo Marathon
  • Jim Medew - Tokyo Marathon
  • Jim Medew - Tokyo Marathon
South West Personnel Launches Facebook Page

Exciting news for social media savvy jobseekers - South West Personnel is now on Facebook!

“Like” us to stay in touch with the latest jobs, latest staff news and employment related updates.

The page will also showcase the company’s involvement in the local community, such as the recent “Alcohol. Think Again” Beach Volleyball tournament at Koombana Bay.

Join us on Facebook, invite your friends, and share our posts. Whether you or your friends are looking for a new job or new staff, it’s a great way to keep connected to the job market in the South West!

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Every year, our staff and South West Personnel donate toys and food hampers to the Salvation Army which are distributed to families in the local community who are in need at Christmas time.  


On Wednesday 22 October 2014 the Australian Institute of Management WA held its inaugural Leadership Summit at the Hyatt Regency Hotel in Perth and the four South West Personnel staff who attended the event were fortunate to hear presentations from some of Australia's most acclaimed leaders in the fields of mining, government, health, sport, banking and more.

SWP's Esi Garcia, Daniel Garcia, Georgina Grove and Sarah Lishman attended the Leadership Summit after receiving an invitation from AIM WA.  The purpose of the event was to bring AIM WA members and clients together to learn, network and shape management, leadership and organisational excellence into the future.

The event was facilitated by Deborah Kennedy and featued keynote speakers Andrew Denton and John Worsfold.

SWP's Business Administration Manager Sarah Lishman noted Andrew Denton was "extremely engaging and I enjoyed hearing his stories about some of the famous people he has interviewed, in particular Bill Clinton".  Other speakers on the day were Sue Murphy (CEO fo WA's Water Corp), Fiona Wood (Professor and founder of the Fiona Wood Foundation) and Alan Cransberg (Managing Director of Alocoa Australia) just to name a few.

The SWP staff are very much lookng forward to attending next year's event.

Hot FM Surf to Surf Fun Run

Team SWP completes Hot FM Surf to Surf Fun Run

On a bleak October Sunday morning 10 South West Personnel staff and family members braved the cold and took part in the 2014 Hot FM Surf to Surf Fun Run.

Sponsored by SWP’s Managing Director Esi Garcia, the SWP team was among more than 1,000 competitors to complete the 10km run, 5km run and 5km walk events before the rain arrived to cool everyone off a little.

SWP staff member Jim Medew said there was some healthy competition among the staff to beat their previous year’s times, although some of the 5km walkers may have been a little better at the ‘talking’ rather than the ‘walking’!

All funds raised from Surf to Surf entry fees go to the City of Bunbury Surf Life Saving Club and their valuable work to keep the beaches safe for our community.

  • Hot FM Surf to Surf Fun Run
SWP 2014-15 Volleyball Corporate Cup

SWP digs in for beach volleyball sponsorship

With the 2014-15 Bunbury beach volleyball season fast approaching, President of the Bunbury Volleyball Association Jim Medew is excited about what is likely to be another sell-out Corporate Cup.

For the fourth year running SWP is sponsoring the Bunbury Beach Volleyball Corporate Cup, a fun 6-a-side, mixed volleyball competition played every Wednesday night from November through until March on the shores of the beautiful Koombana Bay.

Described by SWP staff member and President of the Bunbury Volleyball Association Jim Medew as “the jewel in the volleyball crown” the Corporate Cup will again be one of the most popular features of the volleyball season.  “This competition is all about fun – there’s music playing, twilight sailing in the Bay, a BBQ cooking away on the shore and an exciting carnival-like atmosphere.

Many SWP clients and members of the local Bunbury business community have already registered their teams and we encourage family, friends and colleagues to come on down, join in the fun and support them as they battle it out to win the 2014-15 Corporate Cup.”

Numerous players have started their volleyball journey with the Corporate Cup, but have then gone on to play in the 4-a-side, mixed teams on Tuesday nights, or the Olympic-format, 2-a-side competition on Monday nights.

SWP is also a keen supporter of the WA State Volleyball Series and next year the Alcohol. Think Again Beach Volleyball Tour will travel to Bunbury.  It is expected that 150 players and their supporters will descend on Koombana Bay for the tournament on 17 and 18 January.

For more information about the 2014-15 Bunbury Beach Volleyball season please visit the Bunbury Volleyball Association’s facebook page. 

RSPCA Cupcake Day

Cupcake Day for the RSPCA is a national event held on the third Monday in August. All proceeds go to the state-based RSPCA to help continue the fight to make animal cruelty a thing of the past.  Since its inception in 2007, Cupcake Day for the RSPCA has raised over $6.5M. All proceeds go back into RSPCA’s services to help stop cruelty.

At South West Personnel, the staff got together and raised $100 for this worthwhile cause!  AND we got to eat yummy cupcakes all day!

  • RSPCA Cupcake Day
  • RSPCA Cupcake Day
Jeans for Genes Day

Jeans for Genes Day is a national day when people wear their jeans to raise much-needed funds for research into birth defects and diseases such as cancer, epilepsy, and a range of genetic disorders. 

On Friday 1st August, the South West Personnel staff raised $55.50 for the privilege to wear their jeans.  Well done team!

Foodbank - An Australia without Hunger

Foodbank is a not for profit charity that supplies food to the needy.  Foodbank has 6 branches in Western Australia with the Bunbury branch supplying over 700,000 meals each year.  Just recently, the Bunbury branch was supplied a new truck which is used to source fresh produce from suppliers and transport produce to Perth for distribution to other branches.

Unfortunately the new truck is only able to be loaded from the rear and this has become a major problem for the volunteers as the workload has become heavier.

South West Personnel have proudly donated funds for the purchase of new plastic bins to make loading the truck easier for the volunteers so this worthy charity can continue their valuable work in the community.