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Director - IncludeAbility Project

Australian Human Rights Commission

The IncludeAbility Project is a program in the Disability Rights portfolio area of the Commission that commenced in 2020.

IncludeAbility aims to create meaningful employment opportunities for people with disability through 4 components:

  1. an Employer Network, comprised of senior leaders/CEOs from private and public sector employers
  2. an Ambassador Advisory Group, comprised of people with lived experience of disability
  3. a web portal that hosts a range of resources to support the Employer Network and employers more generally
  4. pilot employment programs designed to increase employment for people with disability.

IncludeAbility also aims to advance contemporary practice models in the disability employment space, as well as to contribute to the Commission’s systemic advocacy for policy and law reform in this area.

The Director – IncludeAbility Project is responsible for the management of the IncludeAbility Project. The position reports to the Director – Disability Rights and works closely with Disability Discrimination Commissioner in relation to the delivery of key Commission priorities, particularly in relation to disability employment more broadly.

This position is at Executive Level 2 ($129,072 - $151,691 + 15.4% superannuation) on a fixed term contract (with possibility of extension).


  • Under the broad direction of the Director, Disability Rights, undertake a range of duties including:
  • Providing high level policy and strategic advice to the Director Disability Team and the Disability Discrimination Commissioner on topical key issues in relation to disability in employment, including issues arising from the Royal Commission into Violence, Abuse, Neglect and Exploitation of People with Disability.
  • Manage and lead the Commission’s IncludeAbility Project (the Project) to ensure high quality outputs and deliverables, including:
    • Identifying strategic opportunities to achieve Project deliverables
    • Supervising and undertaking research
    • Developing and reviewing resources for the Project
    • Project planning and procurement
  • Developing, maintaining and nurturing networks and liaising with identified internal and external stakeholders across a range of constituencies, communities, government agencies and organisations, in particular the members of the Project’s Employer Network and Ambassador Advisory Group.
  • Working collegiately with internal stakeholders across the Commission to achieve the strategic goals of the Commission, and in the development and delivery of key Commission priorities, particularly in relation to disability employment.
  • Supervising IncludeAbility Project staff and interns in the conduct of research, preparation of materials and other Project related work for the Project.
  • Attending consultative and other meetings, conferences and seminars and representing the Commission as required; and participate in the public awareness/education and promotional work of the Commission.
  • Other duties consistent with the above as directed.


  • Candidates with lived experience of disability will be highly regarded.
  • A demonstrated specialist knowledge and understanding of disability, employment issues for people with disability, and human rights issues and confidence in delivering information succinctly and cogently.
  • Demonstrated knowledge of legislative frameworks (including but not limited to the Disability Discrimination Act 1992) and APS decision-making guidelines.
  • Demonstrated high level proficiency in strategic thinking, political awareness, sound judgement and creative problem solving including ability to distil, consider and promote Commission wide benefits of activities.
  • Demonstrated high level proficiency in project management skills, including the ability to plan, implement, and monitor project initiatives, as well as to report on project outcomes and risk management activities to senior executives, with the ability to meet tight deadlines without compromising quality.
  • Highly developed communication skills including a demonstrated ability to communicate confidently, persuasively, sensitively and articulately, on matters relevant to the delivery of the Commission’s identified strategic priorities both in person and in writing, including leading training and capacity development activities.
  • Ability to manage staff and resources effectively, contribute to Commission wide activities and respond flexibly to changing work demands.
  • Excellent relationship management skills, with a capacity to ensure that various stakeholder interests are recognised and managed positively and professionally.

We value inclusivity and diversity and seek people who support and model the behaviours we promote in our workforce. We strongly encourage applications from First Nations Australians, mature workers, people from culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds, carers, LGBTQI+ and people with disability.

The Commission is committed to providing an accessible, inclusive work environment to enable people with a disability to participate fully in all aspects of employment. Applicants are encouraged to request reasonable adjustment as required to assist your participation in this recruitment process.

Please provide a resume and covering letter outlining your interest in this position. You are not required to address each selection criterion individually but should provide sufficient information to demonstrate that your skills, knowledge and experience are the right fit for this position. Please be accurate, succinct and show a clear connection with the selection criteria for the role.

Further information about this role can be obtained from Sophia Rinaldis by email on [email protected] using the subject line: Director - IncludeAbility Project enquiry via EthicalJobs.

To apply for this role, please provide your resume and a cover letter telling us how your skills, and experience meet the selection criteria – you do not have to address each selection criteria separately.

A position description is attached.

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