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Individualised Living Options Consultant

Organisation : Belonging Matters

Location : Melbourne (Boronia)

Work type : Part-time

Profession : Advocacy, Community Services, Consulting & Strategy, Social & Support Work

Sector : Community Development, Community Support Services, Consulting, Disabilities, Families

Salary type : Hourly

Salary : Award: Social, Community, Home Care and Disability Services Industry Award 2010

About the role

Background to the Position

Belonging Matters is a member of the National Alliance of Capacity Building Organisation (NACBO).
This project builds upon a current National Information Program project: My Home, My Design
which provides a number of resources to assist people with intellectual disability and/or Autism to
live in a home of their own, rather than group home living or congregate care.

This phase of the initiative aims to deepen the knowledge of people with a disability and their families/supporters about Individualised Living Options by providing personalised advice, vision ILO PD Page 2 of 5 26/04/2021 building and technical information to enable individuals to create their own plan to live in their own home.

Capacity building activities are critical to enable participants to explore the full range of opportunities that may be available to them.

This project avoids traditional housing options often offered to people with a disability e.g. group
homes, cluster housing, facilities, congregated living for the following reasons:

  • They do not provide what most Australian citizen would seek nor consider their own home,
  • They are not valued and do not necessarily reflect an authentic informed choice by each
    participant nor reflect their personal preferences and needs,
  • Group home options do not have a strong track record of assisting people into valued roles
    in mainstream social and economic life,
  • The costs of congregate care arrangements can be expensive and do not always provide
    value for money.

We aim to change this by providing mentoring, coaching and technical advice along with leadership
opportunities for people living with disability and their families to pursue Individualised Living
Options that are more typical and life giving.

Purpose of Position

This position aims to deepen the knowledge of people with a disability and their families/supporter
about Individualised Living Options by providing personalised advice, mentoring vision building and
technical information to guide people through a process to create their own plan to live in their own

About the organisation

Organisation Name : Belonging Matters

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

Application Process or for Further Information

For further information or to apply for the above position please contact Deb Rouget, Belonging
Matters CEO: phone 03 9739 8333 or email

Applications must include: An application letter addressing the applicant’s motivation for applying for the position, understanding of the position and experience relevant to the position. The applicant must also address the key selection criteria, attach a current resume and 3 work related referees. All applicants will be required to undertake a Police Check and Working with Children Check. Please indicate if you currently hold these checks and/or your willingness to do so.


Please quote in application: Individualised Living Options Consultant via Pro Bono Australia.



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