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ABS Institute of Management is a Registered Training Organisation (RTO ID: 51804) that helps people to achieve their personal and professional goals by offering a range of programs that assist in building knowledge and skills to make it happen.

To do this we:

  • Provide specialist Self Employment Assistance programs for people seeking to start their own business and be their own boss
  • Help business owners and managers improve productivity and build better businesses through training, development, and coaching
  • Offer training programs that improve career prospects
  • Assist with personal and professional development to maintain worthwhile employment

Our Values are underpinned by the principles that embrace: Attitude, Belief, Success


ABS Institute of Management operates under the Standards for RTO’s 2015 as a Registered Training Organisation. The following principles underpin our Quality Management Policy:

  • Alignment and compliance with the requirements of ISO9001 & ISO 27001:2013
  • Annual attestation of compliance to ISO9001 & ISO 27001:2013
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  • Compliance to Standards for RTO’s 2015 confirmed by annual declaration and supported by internal audit and performance appraisals.
  • Member of the Independent Tertiary Education Council Australia (Membership ID:218589)

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Our Vision

Developing people and businesses on their journey to success

Mission Statement

Our mission is to offer programs that help people develop their knowledge and skills to grow and achieve successful, rewarding, and prosperous employment.

To do this we provide a dedicated business centre that focuses on our client’s personal goals and aspirations by delivering Self Employment Assistance and Training Programs that help individuals start their own businesses and build the skills needed to succeed in the workplace.



Learn, Teach Grow


Show integrity


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Consider others


Be involved


Pursue excellence


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Meet The Team - Management & Key Personnel - Expertise and Experience

ABS Institute

Mark Van Lith

Managing Director – Business Services

Cert MBA (spec. in Small Business Mgmt & Operations Mgmt), Graduate Cert in Business Mgmt, Cert in Marketing Mgmt, Sales Mgmt & Executive Mgmt Development, Cert IV in Training & Assessment, Diploma of Accounting.

Background: For over 15 years Mark Van Lith has been in the role of State Manager with various corporations involved in manufacturing, wholesaling importing/exporting & business services. During this time he maintained responsibility for Business Development, Sales, Marketing and Operations Management. These are core functions of a business that determine the financial success and ongoing viability of any business.

His career started in the retail FMCG industry and continued with the start-up and development of a family small business enterprise in manufacturing as a wholesaler. This provided relevant experience and understanding of the processes and issues involved in building your own business. Added to this Mark completed 6 years with AC Nielsen in market research and with its parent company Dun & Bradstreet covering financial and credit management.


Debbie Van Lith


Background: Debbie has worked in employment services for the past 10 years with additional experience gained prior to this in various management roles within the retail and hospitality industries. She has worked as a Marketing Consultant & Job Coach with PAGES (Providers of Australian Government Employment Services) specifically helping people with disabilities and those who are Highly Disadvantaged to find worthwhile employment.

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Luke Van Lith

Operations Manager

Diploma of Business, Certificate IV in Small Business Management (Central Tafe), Certificate IV in Business Sales, Certificate IV in Training and Assessment, Certificate IV in Accounting & Bookkeeping

Background: Luke started out in logistics where he worked for a prominent West Australian mining company. He was in charge of coordinating Sea Freight shipments between Australia, Africa and Asia. For the past 16 years, Luke has managed the operations of the Self-Employment Assistance program (formally NEIS) and has overseen the commencement of thousands of businesses. During this time he has built an extensive knowledge of the program and a keen understanding of what makes a successful business.

Luke is currently on the board of directors for the National Self-Employment Association (NSEA) where he represents Self-Employment Assistance providers from around Australia. 


Joanne Van Lith

Training Manager

Diploma of Accounting, Certificate IV in Training & Assessment

Background: Joanne began working with the founding members of abs Institute, Mark Van Lith and Luke Van Lith, in 2008. Having come from a customer service background in the mortgage insurance industry, Joanne quickly developed her career by managing a customer service team for a home loan company. Fast forward to now, and Joanne has been with abs Institute for 14 years in multiple roles across the business. Most recently, for five years, managing all Traineeships from the beginning of the training process to the end. Joanne has built strong connections across different industries. Her passion lies in finding positive outcomes in training and education for employers and trainees in business.

Sandra Hilleard

Sandra Hilleard

Curriculum developer & facilitator

Cert IV in Training & Assessment, Diploma of Counselling, Diploma of Clinical Hypnotherapy, Diploma of Graphic Design, Can speak Dutch, French and German

Background: Sandra has a wealth of experience working for herself where she was the owner of a full-service Marketing & Design Bureau. Her services included design and maintenance of websites and publications, including copywriting, marketing strategy, photography and artwork creation.

Sandra had worked with a range of training providers as a vocational trainer including creating all training material for nationally recognised training and corporate training, researching topics, consulting with industry experts and industry bodies.


Pippa Spibey

Business mentor & facilitator

Diploma of Junior Primary Education, Post Grad Diploma of Special Education, Post Grad Diploma of Counselling, Certificate of Attainment from ACA as Approved Clinical Supervisor, Certified Art Therapist, Cert IV in Small Business Management, Cert IV in Training and Assessment, Certificate of Attainment from Public Speakers institute.

Background: Pippa Spibey immigrated to Australia in 1995 having previously lived in South Africa and Botswana. Since arriving in Australia she has gone from part-time teacher, stay-at-home mum and housewife to a multiple award-winning business owner, including winning the Karl Farrell Inspiration award for the most promising business of 2013 and also being named one of the NIFNEX top 100 most influential small business owners in Western Australia 2014. Pippa is primarily a Counselor and a Coach registered with the Australian Counseling Association (ACA). She is also a registered Professional Counseling Supervisor registered with the ACA.

Pippa has been employed in diverse settings, working intensively in Counseling, Career and Life Coaching and as a Disability Employment Consultant. She has extensive experience working and supporting children and adults with disabilities and people struggling with long-term unemployment. She is an expert in the field of resilience and loves helping her clients to develop inner strength, an understanding of how to cope with life issues and how to survive and recover from mental illness and abuse. Her interest in resilience developed during her years as a Junior Primary Special Education teacher and as a Support Teacher and Art Specialist working in a Language Development Centre.


Tracy Ireland

Business mentor & facilitator

Cert IV in Training & Assessment, Diploma of Life Coaching

Background: Tracy is a professional trainer with a strong work history in lecturing, coaching and delivery development. She has a genuine passion to be in service to the community, helping people move toward a positive future. Tracy believes in adding value, upholding integrity and leading by example.
In the past, Tracy has worked as an educator at the Central Institute of Technology before moving into employability skills training with Stirling skills. She worked supporting unemployed youth to develop critical work readiness and employability skills.


Alison Bannister

Business mentor & facilitator

Cert IV in Training & Assessment, Certificate IV in Career Development 

Background: Aly is a seasoned professional with over 30 years of experience in the career development industry. Her passion lies in helping individuals unlock their full potential and transform into the best versions of themselves. With a rich background in talent advice, recruitment management, human resources, disability employment, and business development, Aly offers invaluable guidance to her clients. She provides clear direction, boosts confidence, and helps clients achieve a heightened sense of purpose and clarity in their future aspirations. Whether you’re seeking to start or build your business, Aly’s expertise will support you every step of the way.


Lauren Benedetti

Business mentor

 Bachelor of Business, Double Major Marketing & Tourist Management

Background: Lauren is a passionate digital marketer, she helps businesses achieve financial success through effective online marketing strategies. She has over 15 years of online marketing experience, commencing her love affair with search engine optimisation in 2005.

Lauren worked for various digital marketing companies around Australia before starting her own digital marketing business in 2019. 

Robert Brown

Robert Brown

Business mentor

Doctorate (PhD) Chinese Business Leadership Style, Master of Human Resource Management, Master of Education, Post Graduate Diploma Business Administration & Marketing, Diploma of Auditing, Certificate IV in Training and Assessment


Rob has worn many hats in his past including Company Director, Executive Chairman, CEO, CFO, Business Partner, General Manager, Company Secretary, International/National Manager, Sessional Lecturer, Teacher, Teacher Trainer, Trainer & Assessor and Field Researcher.

Rob has a passion for helping people to achieve their goals and working with budding entrepreneurs to create successful and sustainable businesses. 

With many years of experience in the print and web industry, she has seen continuing changes not only in popular design but also advances in digital and commercial technology including software and online platforms.

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