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Organisation : People with Disability Australia (PWDA)

Location : Sydney (Surry Hills)

Work type : Various

Sector : Disabilities

Salary type : Annual Package

Salary : $81,228

Application closing date : 14 Oct, 2019

About the role

As an Advocate based at our Surry Hills office, you will provide information and support to individuals or groups of individuals with disability, and their associates, to promote and protect their human, legal and service user rights in accordance with the National Disability Service Standards. Around 50% of your caseload will be to support people with disability wanting to engage with the Royal Commission into Violence, Abuse, Neglect and Exploitation of People with Disability.

PWDA’s Individual and Group Advocacy Service provides short-term, issue-based individual and group advocacy assistance for people with disability and their associates. It provides information, advice and referral services and intensive individual advocacy assistance.

There are two roles available, and we will consider full-time and part-time options. It will be a maximum term contract role until June 2022, with a possibility of extension, dependent of funding. Award Classification is Level 5 under the Social, Community, Home Care & Disability Services Award 2010. PWDA pays above Award, and the salary package on offer is $81,228 (pro rata if part time) plus salary packaging and superannuation.


Selection Criteria


  • Understanding and commitment to the rights and interests of people with disability
  • Demonstrated experience in working with clients who have been impacted by violence
  • Understanding of the range of possible impacts violence can have on people with disability
  • Knowledge of community services sector and complaints handling bodies in NSW
  • Excellent interpersonal, communication and negotiation skills, with the ability to liaise with a wide range of people such as clients, their associates, services providers and government departments
  • Demonstrated capacity to manage time frames and competing priorities
  • Strong documentation skills
  • Cultural competency
  • Computer literacy


  • Personal or family experience of disability
  • Previous experience in the community services sector
  • Degree in social work, psychology, law or related discipline

About the organisation

Organisation Name : People with Disability Australia (PWDA)

People with Disability Australia (PWDA) is a national disability rights organisation. Its membership is made up of people with disability and organisations primarily constituted by people with disability. PWDA was founded in 1981, the International Year of Disabled Persons, to provide people with disability with a voice of our own. PWDA has a cross disability focus – we represent the interests of people with all kinds of disability. PWDA is a non-profit, non-government organisation. We employ over 50 staff with 25% working in regional areas.

PWDA is a proud employer of people with disability, and people with disability are strongly encouraged to apply for these positions. We are an EEO employer and we embrace the diversity of our people, such as diversity in disability, race, cultural background, ethnicity, age, gender identity, sexual orientation or intersex status

How to apply

Applications not allowed for this job listing.

Please quote in application: Advocate - Sydney via Pro Bono Australia.



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