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Manager, Speak Up Project - Identified Aboriginal And Torres Strait Islander Position - Work from Home

People with Disability Australia (PWDA)


People with Disability Australia (PWDA) is a national disability rights organisation. Its membership is made up of people with disability and organisations primarily constituted by people with disability. PWDA was founded in 1981, the International Year of Disabled Persons, to provide people with disability with a voice of our own. PWDA has a cross disability focus – we represent the interests of people with all kinds of disability. PWDA is a non-profit, non-government organisation. We employ over 50 staff with 25% working in regional areas.


The Manager, Speak Up Project, will coordinate all aspects of the project, including the proactive engagement strategy, community consultation, resource production, project administration and coordination among key stakeholders.

Speak Up project is funded by an ILC grant and is a joint project of People with Disability Australia (PWDA), First Peoples Disability Network (FPDN) and Australian Centre for Disability Law (ACDL). This project will utilise a specialist team, a cultural liaison overseen by FPDN, a specialist trainer and disability advocate overseen by PWDA’s Project Management team, peer educators from the local communities and a solicitor with specialist expertise in disability discrimination, as well as general areas of law, from the ACDL, to:

  1. Develop and deliver culturally appropriate education/training on legal rights to Aboriginal and /or Torres Strait Islander People with Disability and their communities. It will necessarily include education and support to overcome a cultural blindness to disability and shame associated with some disabilities (e.g. Foetal Alcohol Syndrome) which discourage Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander People even identifying as a person with disability. It will focus on disability and intersectional discrimination (where racial and disability discrimination overlap).
  2. Self-advocacy skills will be taught in small targeted groups to Aboriginal and /or Torres Strait Islander people with disability and their supporters. Culturally appropriate resources and training material will be developed.
  3. Develop and deliver culturally appropriate education/training to Aboriginal and /or Torres Strait Islander people with disability and their communities on what external assistance is available, including NDIS supports, how to know when it is required and how it can be accessed.

This role has the option to work from home, as long as you are based in NSW. There is potential to work in the PWDA office in Surry Hills, depending on public health situation. This is a flexible part-time role of 21 hours per week. It will be a maximum term contract until July 2023. Award Classification is Level 6 under the Social, Community, Home Care & Disability Services Award 2010. PWDA pays above Award, and the salary on offer is $94,964 per annum (pro rata $56,978 for 0.6FTE) plus salary packaging and superannuation.

Selection Criteria


  • Must be of Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander descent.
  • Demonstrated understanding of and practical commitment to the human rights and interests of people with disability, particularly Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander people with disability.
  • Demonstrated project management skills, including delivering on time and budget, managing risks, monitoring, and using measurement tools.
  • Demonstrated experience coordinating and facilitating programs, events and activities within a community setting.
  • Demonstrated ability to develop, implement and evaluate community programs
  • Experience producing detailed project workplans with KPI’s, aligning deliverables to specified project outcomes.
  • Excellent presentation skills- adept at conducting presentations to all levels of staff and stakeholders
  • Excellent written communications skills- able to write detailed reports and present findings in an appropriate format
  • Excellent interpersonal and communication skills, with the ability to liaise with a wide range of people such as their families, friends, services providers and government departments.
  • Demonstrated capacity to manage time frames and competing priorities.
  • Intermediate computer literacy.


  • Personal or family experience of disability.
  • Previous experience in the health, community or legal services sector.

This is an identified position for an Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander person. In this role an applicant's race is a genuine occupational qualification and is authorised by section 14 of the Anti-Discrimination Act 1997, as amended.

PWDA is a proud employer of people with disability, and people with disability are strongly encouraged to apply for these positions. We are an EEO employer and we embrace the diversity of our people, such as diversity in disability, race, cultural background, ethnicity, age, gender identity, sexual orientation or intersex status.

Full position description is at pwd.org.au/about-us/employment.

For more information about this role, please contact Mel Harrison at melh@pwd.org.au, using the subject line: Manager, Speak Up Project enquiry via EthicalJobs, or on 0403 599 611.

If you need to submit your application in an alternative format, please contact recruitment@pwd.org.au or by phone on (02) 9370 3100.

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