New home for Brandon ticks all the boxes

21-year-old Brandon Tomic lives with low-functioning autism, but he hasn’t let that stop him from starting his own business. Picture: Andrew Ritchie. d496468
21-year-old Brandon Tomic lives with low-functioning autism, but he hasn’t let that stop him from starting his own business. Picture: Andrew Ritchie. d496468

THE shredding business powered by a young man who lives with autism has had some welcome news after signing a lease for a permanent home.

Brandon Tomic, the face of Brandon’s Shredding Boxes, has received a grant from AMP’s Tomorrow Fund for his inspirational community work.

Despite being low-functioning, mostly non-verbal and requiring constant one-on-one support, Brandon’s love of shredding manifested itself in its own business, which gradually took on a life of its own.

Brandon’s mum Simone excitedly revealed the business was about to move out of the family’s South Lake garage and into a permanent space in Cockburn Central.

She said now they had the factory, dubbed Brandon’s Shredding Bunker, the business could expand to include other people living with a disability.

“We’ve already got a lot of people interested in support workers bringing their clients,” she said.

“I’ve already approached some education support schools to invite some work experience kids to come across. Straight away, that funding has been spent and is going to great use.

Mrs Tomic said her family took a great deal of pride in Brandon being recognised as a role model and they hoped he would inspire those similar to him.

“If Brandon can do it, there’s opportunities for other people. Maybe not specifically shredding, but taking the opportunity to customise their employment and maybe one day start their own micro business.

The next step in Brandon’s Shredding Boxes continued expansion involves more clients and Mrs Tomic appealed to businesses to contribute their unwanted paper and with Brandon’s van now “logo’d up”, she said they were happy to travel all over Perth to collect it.

“If I’m going to bring in extra people and offer this for other people living with disabilities, we need paper and the idea is to get other businesses in who have never had a recycling program.

“I know the government said they’re going to increase the amount of disability people in the workforce, and that’s all good and proper for high-functioning people, but the low-functioning people will always struggle.

“We need to create some sort of employment or work satisfaction and if we can offer that, we need help from the community to provide us with paper.”

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