About the role
Background to the Position
Working in valued paid employment is associated with a range of positive outcomes including
income, learning new skills, social inclusion, development of meaningful relationships and a sense of
People with developmental disability continue to be excluded from the mainstream labour market.
Only 16% of people with intellectual disability work in a job in the community with high numbers
employed in segregated settings or in day services. In addition, 88% of people with intellectual
disability report their main source of income as the Disability Support Pension, less than 5% state
paid employment as their main source of income and at least 45% live either near or below the
poverty line (AIHW, 2009). CEP worker PD Page 2 of 5 23/04/2021
To challenge this significant underemployment, in 2019-2020, Belonging Matters commenced the
Community Employment Partnerships project. This included 12 months of research with the
University of Melbourne and collaboration with the very successful Inclusion Alberta/Rotary
Partnership. The second phase of this innovative project will commence in June 2021. During this
phase we will implement the project and create a number of partnerships with community service
clubs to develop meaningful, individualised employment opportunities for people with intellectual
disability and/or Autism.
The project is funded through the Department Social Security (DSS), Economic Participation of
People with Disability – Information, Linkages and Capacity Building (ILC) Grant Round 2021-2022 for
a period of 12 months.
Purpose of Position
The Community Employment Partnerships Worker, will work in collaboration with community
service clubs to build their capacity to engage their vast business network to create employment
opportunities for people with an intellectual disability and/or Autism. This role will also involve
building the capacity of people with intellectual disability and/or Autism (and their families if
necessary) to commence and sustain employment
About the organisation
Belonging Matters is a not-for-profit organisation that is led by people with a disability and families.
It was established in 2003 to challenge the systemic exclusion of people with a disability. It does this
by providing a range of capacity enhancing resources, learning opportunities, information and
advisory services for people with disabilities, families and professionals interested in belonging,
community and social inclusion.
Our vision is “A community strengthened by the inclusion of all”. Our mission is to inspire, educate
and build the capacity at the grass roots to assist people with disabilities to live valued lives in the
community. Our aim is to empower people with a disability and their families, deepen knowledge
and skills, create change and encourage people with a disability to live full, meaningful and inclusive
lives in the community
How to apply
Applications not allowed for this job listing.
Please quote in application: Community Employment Partnerships Worker via Pro Bono Australia.