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24th November 2016

ESH Group announced today that it had reached an agreement with Karingal Inc., to acquire the company.  Karingal is a large not-for-profit community organisation that has been operating for over 60 years.  The organisation delivers a wide range of disability, employment, aged care and training services, across many locations throughout Victoria, Queensland and South Australia. 

Operating since 1998, Karingal’s Matchworks division provides employment services under the DoE jobactive, Disability Employment Services (DES) and Work for the Dole (WfD) contracts. 

Under the agreement, Karingal Inc. will acquire all of ESH Group’s operations, including Job Active provider Employment Services Group (ESG) and recruitment and labour hire business IPA Personnel.

Outgoing ESH Group CEO, Steven Donegan, said “ESH Group is very excited by Karingal’s acquisition, as it will allow the Group to leverage Karingal’s extensive network and expertise to bring employers and jobseekers together, thereby continuing the Group’s mission of positively impacting people“.

IPA Personnel’s COO, Paul Barbaro, added “This is a wonderful acquisition and represents substantial opportunities for IPA.  As one of Australia’s oldest privately-owned labour hire businesses and with clients demanding innovative solutions to their recruitment needs, this acquisition offers the opportunity for both businesses to leverage off one another and deliver exceptional outcomes for clients, candidates and staff”.

Mike McKinstry, CEO of Karingal Inc., said, “This acquisition provides Karingal with the opportunity to continue in delivering and supporting clients and job seekers in the employment sector.  The increased geographical coverage and income diversification will allow Karingal to continue to advocate for people with a disability and those who are disadvantaged in the community”.

For further information please contact:

ESH Group

Mr Brandon Howard


Phone: 03 9252 2277

Email:  brandon.howard@eshgroup.com.au


Mr Mike McKinstry


Phone: 03 5249 8925

Email: mike@karingal.org.au

ESH Group

ESH Group is one of Australia’s leading providers of employment, training, recruitment and labour hire services.  The group brings together more than 30 years’ experience from two national organisations that are both leaders in their field: IPA Personnel, a major player in the private recruitment and labour hire industry; and Employment Services Group (ESG) in the employment services sector.  With a united vision to positively impact people, ESH Group delivers enormous benefits to employers, job seekers and communities across Australia.



Karingal is a well-respected community-based Not-for-Profit (NFP) organisation with a long history of supporting people and communities.  Established in Geelong over 60 years ago, Karingal now delivers a large suite of services including employment services; training; residential, respite, home-based and day activities for people with a disability and their families; aged services and mental health support across 140 locations in Victoria, South Australia and Queensland.

Operating since 1998, Karingal’s Matchworks division provides employment services under the DoE jobactive, Disability Employment Services (DES) and Work for the Dole (WfD) contracts.