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Victorian Mental Illness Awareness Council


  • To lead our talented NDIS team
  • To contribute to VMIAC’s systemic NDIS advocacy agenda
  • Who brings strong NDIS advocacy and team leadership skills and a firm commitment to upholding human rights
  • Your lived experience of mental ill health and recovery will inform your approach as you experience the benefits of working in a lived experience workplace.

VMIAC Overview:

Victorian Mental Illness Awareness Council (VMIAC) is Victoria’s peak body for people who have a lived experience of mental health or emotional challenges. We are run by consumers, for consumers.

VMIAC engages in a number of activities, including individual, self and systemic advocacy, research and policy, and membership and engagement. We look forward to working with you…

Our Vision

A world where all mental health consumers stand proud, live a life with choices honoured, rights upheld and these principles embedded in all aspects of society.

To learn more about VMIAC please check out our website here to learn more about our values, history and vision.

Position overview

This position leads and manages VMIAC’s NDIS Team comprising NDIS Information and support, NDIS appeals and Disability Royal Commission submission support. The team enables VMIAC consumers to make their own choices and have their rights and interests respected. The position represents consumers through self, individual and systemic advocacy and appeals support and works closely with VMIAC’s membership, research and policy and general advocacy teams. It is responsible for the internal and external relationships to identify, address and resolve systemic NDIS advocacy and appeals issues identified through work with individual consumers and in collaboration with the General Advocacy Team.


Applicants must have lived experience of mental health issues and/or emotional distress and consumer of mental health services. Applicants will receive supervision and support but must be work ready and able to fulfil all requirements of the role.

We strongly encourage people with lived experience of mental illness and/or emotional distress from the following background/s to apply:

  • First Nations
  • Refugee and asylum seeker
  • People of colour (often referred to as culturally and linguistically diverse)
  • Public housing residents
  • LGBTQI+ and/or
  • A disability



  1. Demonstrated knowledge and experience of contemporary issues facing consumers of mental health and disability services in the NDIS environment and delivering an effective model of information, advice and appeals support;
  2. Proven management and leadership ability to provide individual and systemic NDIS information, advice and appeals direction to a team;
  3. Experience leading a team that empowers staff to be an integral part of an effective and high performing team;
  4. Demonstrated commitment to empower consumers to participate and self-advocate wherever possible whilst managing varied and complex internal and external partnerships to achieve individual and systemic outcomes for consumers and VMIAC;
  5. Strong verbal and written interpersonal and communication skills with ability to connect with and strengthen relationships with consumers, staff and external partners / stakeholders;
  6. Lead the team to ensure content for digital or printed material is generated and up to date for the promotion of NDIS related information, advice and appeals;
  7. Tertiary education in Community Services, Community Development or equivalent and combination of experience, education and training;
  8. Intermediate skills and competence in Microsoft Office, including Excel, to support data analysis and reporting;

Highly Regarded

  • Knowledge of and experience using database systems
  • Knowledge of National Standards for Disability Services

Essential licence or registration requirements

  • Current Police Check and Working with Children Check
  • A current Victorian Driver's Licence and is prepared to travel for work purposes.


  • VMIAC has a small pool of work vehicles which are accessible by all staff via a prioritising booking system for use for work purposes if/when required. This does not include the use of VMIAC vehicles to travel to and from staff’s homes to VMIAC.
  • Telephone and laptop

Special Conditions:

  • This role is based at the VMIAC office in East Brunswick but flexible and hybrid work arrangements are negotiable.


Attractive remuneration package are attached to each role and include:

  • 3 years contract - full-time
  • SCHADS Award Level 7 Pay Point 1 plus superannuation
  • Salary packaging options available
  • Four weeks annual leave with a 17.5% leave loading
  • Flexible working from home conditions negotiated
  • Previous applicants need not re-apply


All VMIAC roles include training and development opportunities, which can include the development of leadership and other required skills and attendance at conferences.

A position description is attached.

For enquiries please contact Fiona Reidy on fiona.reidy@vmiac.org.au using the subject line: NDIS Lead enquiry via EthicalJobs.

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