Vacancy for person with disability

Tue 16 Feb 2021

Vacancy for person with disability

Project Officer (Peer Educator) - Opening the Door Project

Rights & Inclusion Australia

Job description

  • This role is an identified position for a person with disability
  • Level 6.1 of the SCHADS award, with allowance for salary sacrificing
  • Work hours: 0.8FTE (30.4hrs (4 days)/ week)
  • Contract duration: March 2021 to 30 June 2022 (possible extension, subject to funding)

Rights & Inclusion Australia (R&IA) is a small, national Disabled Persons Organisation (DPO), registered as a charity with the Australian Charities and Not-for-profits Commission (ACNC). The organisation has a focus on the promotion of policies and legislation that recognise the rights of persons with disabilities and their families, based on effective implementation of the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (CRPD). In particular, the organisation’s work has an emphasis on accessibility of the built environment and housing, in line with Australia’s ratification of the CRPD.

With the appointment of the Project Officer, R&IA will have a team of three staff including its Executive Officer (Sydney) and Project Director (Canberra).


The project, delivered in partnership with National Shelter and Enliven Community and funded through the Australian Government’s ILC Individual Capacity Building 2020-21 grant round, will provide people with disability with accessible resources via a range of activities and platforms to support them in achieving choice and control with their housing options. Key activities:

  • Aggregation, development and dissemination of online resources;
  • Provision of forums for people with disability; and,
  • Support of existing and establishment of new peer networks.

With an initial focus on the ACT, the project will extend to all other state and territory jurisdictions by the project completion date.

The Project Officer will have day-to-day responsibility in assisting with the delivery of the project, with a particular focus on support of existing and establishment of new peer networks. The resources managed by the project will be one of the tools that can be used by peers to support this work. The Project Officer’s support and development of peer networks, and the means by which they assist with individual capacity building, will be directly informed by people with disability, with assistance from National Shelter’s state and territory affiliates, their person with disability organisation (PDO) contacts and R&IA.

The Project Officer will ideally be based in or around the ACT, and will be required to travel interstate, with heightened frequency during some months, typically away from home for 2-3 days at a time. There is an expectation that a significant portion of hours will be worked from an office co-located with another NGO, although R&IA is set up to be able to operate remotely from home, should there remain issues with COVID-19.

The successful applicant will need to have both ‘Working with vulnerable people’ and police clearance (application can be made at time of appointment).



  • Lived experience of disability.


  • Tertiary qualifications (or progress towards tertiary qualifications). 



  1. Ability to plan and undertake research and writing tasks, drawing on strong research and analytical skills. 
  1. Well-developed organisational and administrative skills and demonstrated performance in the delivery of outcomes while working to deadlines under pressure. 
  2. High-level of communication skills including the ability to liaise with a broad range of stakeholders. 
  3. Ability to work effectively as a member of a team. 
  4. Demonstrated experience in peer-to-peer education and/or community engagement on systemic issues.
  5. Competence with Microsoft 365 applications, and Microsoft Teams & other video-conferencing platforms.


  1. Experience working with people with disability to address systemic issues.
  1. Experience working with people from First Nations and/or culturally and linguistically diverse (CALD) communities.
  2. Knowledge of housing issues faced by people with disability.
  3. Drivers licence, for local and regional travel.

Please direct any enquiries to Michael Bleasdale, Executive Officer – R&IA

E: using the subject line: Project Officer (Peer Educator) - Opening the Door Project enquiry via EthicalJobs.
M: 0499 900 006 (business hours, Sydney)


Application requirements

Applications are to be addressed to Michael Bleasdale, Executive Officer of R&IA at:

E: using the subject line: Project Officer (Peer Educator) - Opening the Door Project enquiry via EthicalJobs.

Applicants are to provide the following, as MS Word files:

  1. Pitch document, addressing the role’s responsibilities and selection criteria (2 pages max. (A4)).
  1. CV (4 pages max. (A4)).
  2. Contact details for 2x professional referees.

Applications close 5pm Monday 22 February 2021.