Vanguard Laundry Services is Toowoomba’s only social enterprise commercial laundry service. We change lives one wash at a time.

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Our Third Year Impact Report is now live! Our report looks at how Vanguard has performed over the first three years of our existence, from our launch in 2016 up to 2019. It describes the positive financial, mental and physical impacts of having a job at Vanguard.

Click here to access the report.

The information contained in our report was obtained from data analysis provided by Aurora Elmes, a PhD student and Senior Research Assistant at the Centre for Social Impact at Swinburne University of Technology.

Our Report was funded by the AMP Foundation and the Australian Government Department of Social Services. Research was provided by the Centre for Social Impact at Swinburne University of Technology.


A laundry with a social outcome purpose.

Our new custom-built commercial laundry uses state-of-the art technology aimed at delivering significant economic and environmental savings for customers.

Whether your business is in healthcare, aged care, hospitality, accommodation, facilities management or agri-business, we promise to apply the highest quality, service and environmental standards.

And, because we are a social enterprise, when you use Vanguard Laundry Services you will be helping to create more jobs and career development for people in the Toowoomba region who have experienced mental illness and struggle to get back into the workforce.

Our mission is to change lives through laundry, and around Australia people are taking notice.

Click here to see our story, broadcast to a national audience on ABC’s ‘7:30’ Program.


Services How can we help you?

We are the only laundry in the Toowoomba region that offers a full barrier wall system.

Barrier Walls are permanent structures installed in laundries that facilitate the separation of the dirty (soiled) side of the building from the clean side to avoid any cross contamination and therefore meeting the highest industry health standards.

Whatever your business type or industry, we can help you with:
  • Sheeting
  • Toweling
  • Uniforms/Apparel
  • Aprons
  • Table Linen
  • Back of House


Quality Quality that's real

We consulted the world’s leading industry experts and procured the best available laundry equipment. This means, the design of the new facility incorporates the latest European technology to meet your high standards for health, hygiene and quality.

As part of the Vanguard Laundry philosophy, we source all of our linens and garments from ethical and sustainable suppliers. And, you can be confident that our processes are monitored and measured to the Australian Laundry Standard AS/NZS 4146:2000.


Our Promise

When you use Vanguard Laundry Services, we promise you:

  • No third-party outsourcing
  • Affordable and competitive price
  • Regular pick-up and delivery service
  • Best available laundry equipment
  • High quality laundering
  • Ethically sourced linens/garments
  • Industry standard processes
  • Friendly, helpful service
  • Locally-run business
  • Jobs and training for local people
  • Earnings re-invested in services and project


Unlike most commercial laundries, we are a locally developed Toowoomba company created by the Toowoomba Clubhouse, a not-for-profit organisation supporting people who have a lived experience of mental illness and struggle to secure employment.

We are a self-sustaining social enterprise that helps change lives.

Any surplus we make is re-invested into improving our laundry services or supporting local mental health employment projects.

When you use Vanguard Laundry Services, not only do you get a high quality laundry service, but you will also help provide jobs and training for local people who need a helping hand.

The Toowoomba community has embraced our vision and we look forward to serving you.

Our mission

Build a sustainable social enterprise business with a positive open employment environment.

Together we will offer supported pathways from unemployment to a sustained livelihood through successful employment.

The overall economic inclusion of the new employees will create a positive attitudinal shift in the broader community towards people living with mental health issues.

Our career development centre

We are more than just a state-of-the-art laundry service. We are also an employment launch pad for people who have experienced mental illness and struggle to secure gainful employment.

Paid employment provides security, economic wellbeing and an opportunity for social engagement. At Vanguard Laundry Services, we offer our employees access to:

  • A career development centre that hosts a calendar of free personal and career development events.
  • Career development planning.
  • Work placement pathways with employment partners.
  • Access to higher education training and nationally recognised qualifications.


Our Partners

Thank you to our generous corporate partners and supporters.

Australian Federal Government

Paul Ramsay Foundation

Hallmark Properties

AMP Foundation

Ian Potter Foundation

Social Ventures Australia

Hutchinson Builders


Clive Berghofer

English Foundation

St Vincent’s Health Australia

Precinct Urban Planning

CKD Architects

Toowoomba Masonic Society

Rotary Club Toowoomba – The Edge

Heritage Bank

Impact Investing Australia

Arc Blue

Minter Ellison Solicitors

KWM Solicitors

McConachie Stedman

RMA Engineers

Ashburner Francis

Amentco Group

Toowoomba Regional Council

Toowoomba Clubhouse

Toowoomba Sports Club

Classic Recruitment

Emaho Trees

Neato Employment

Hede Byrne Hall

Minstaff Survey

Girbau Group

Signs On Times


Westpac Foundation

Westpac Bank


Hand Heart Pocket the Charity of Freemasons Queensland


Tours of Vanguard Laundry Services are available the first Monday of every month. We encourage you to make arrangements well in advance so that we may accommodate you or your group and show you our important work. Please contact to arrange.

Contact us

166 Stephen Street, Toowoomba QLD 4350

(07) 4646 2600


Office hours:
8:00am to 5:00pm