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Project Lead – Workforce Skills and Capability

Organisation : National Disability Service (NDS)

Location : Perth

Work type : Full-time

Profession : Project Management

Sector : Disabilities

Salary type : Annual Package

Application closing date : 20 Oct, 2019

About the role

This position aims to strengthen the capability and quality of the disability sector’s workforce to support service delivery under the National Disability Insurance Scheme.

The position will facilitate the development of industry endorsed Critical Skill Sets, which will include and complement the Vocational Educational Training system’s units of competency.

A Skills Passport is to be created to support portability, reduce duplication in training and enable employers and self-managed participants to have greater confidence in the skills acquired by prospective workers. The program will also work with providers to improve the availability of traineeships and work placements in the disability sector.

While these initiatives, programs and resources are to be developed to suit WA conditions, they also need to be developed with input from other states.



Key roles and responsibilities:

  • Establish and maintain effective working relationships with key government and disability sector leaders and representatives involved in advocacy, service design, delivery, workforce issues and training.
  • Facilitate the development of an industry-endorsed disability services sector Critical Skill Set Program.
  • Facilitate the development and implementation of a Disability Work Skills Passport, including its future governance and operational requirements.
  • Research and consider similar models in operation in other sectors.
  • Ensure the skill sets and passport can be adapted to be culturally appropriate and accessible.
  • Improve the availability of sector traineeships and increase the profile of the sector as a career of choice. 
  • Maintain productive relationships with funding agencies and ensure a high level of delivery on funding contracts.
  • Evaluate progress and outcomes, and prepare written analyses and reports as required.
  • Other duties as required.



Key attributes:

  1. Excellent consultation, communication and interpersonal skills, with the demonstrated ability to engage with internal and external stakeholders at all levels and facilitate the development of resources and training.
  2. Demonstrated understanding of policy, strategies and barriers relating to training needs of the disability sector’s workforce in WA.
  3. Demonstrated organisational skills and track record in delivering complex projects on budget, within tight timeframes and with limited supervision.
  4. Sound knowledge of the Vocational Education Training system in WA.
  5. Computer literacy – including Microsoft Office Suite.
  6. A tertiary qualification in a related discipline is desirable but not essential.
  7. Independent travel capability.


The successful applicant will be required to undertake a police background check prior to commencing. Any expenses incurred in obtaining this will be reimbursed to the successful applicant only.


About the organisation

Organisation Name : National Disability Service (NDS)

NDS is the national industry association for disability services, representing approximately 1,000 non-government organisations. Collectively, our members operate several thousand services for Australians with all types of disability. NDS’ members range in size from small support groups to large multi-service organisations, and are located in every State and Territory across Australia.

NDS promotes the full inclusion of people with disability and this commitment is outlined in our Disability Action Plan (DAP).


How to apply for this role

Interested applicants should send a cover letter relating their experience to each of the Key Attributes, together with their resume, to:

Neetha Stefas Human Resources Manager - National Ph: (02) 9256 3104 Fax: (02) 9256 3123

Closing date is 20 October 2019

NDS is an equal opportunity employer and encourages applications from people with disability

Please quote in application: Project Lead – Workforce Skills and Capability via Pro Bono Australia.


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