Disability Support Officer DDSO1/1Q (South)

melba support services (Mornington Peninsula VIC, Australia) 14 days ago

As a Disability Support Worker, you will help people with a disability achieve their personal goals and aspirations. Assisting client’s to actively participate within their local communities, you will directly support the well-being of your clients through understanding their needs, preferences and interests. Providing a range of support services including personal care, health, exercise and community experiences, you will enable your clients to live a quality life with dignity, respect and social inclusion.

As an effective communicator with well-developed listening skills, you will be an organised person who likes to work within a team environment. Showing concern for others and a genuine interest in helping people to achieve their potential, you are an honest person striving to make a difference in the community.


Disability Support Workers operating at DDSO1/DDSO1Q level, directly provide support for people with disabilities, across their life cycle and in all domains of life to enable access to a quality life with dignity, respect and social inclusion in the least restrictive environment. Support workers at this level work in group homes, respite or a residential facility, providing a range of support to residents that may include: personal care, health, exercise and diet, daily household activities and community experiences.


About you

Melba is growing, and we have exciting new opportunities for three Disability Support Workers to join an enthusiastic team based in the south eastern suburbs. You will be new to the disability industry or an experienced member of your team with direct support work responsibilities.

To be considered for this role, you must be able to demonstrate:

  • A passion about making a difference with a human rights focus
  • Strong interpersonal skills – can communicate clearly and concisely when explaining information and are always polite and considerate
  • A customer focus – with the ability to listen to customers and actively seek to meet customers’ needs
  • Ability to work in a team – you work cooperatively with others, share information and maintain respect with all people that you encounter
  • You will also have in your toolkit:
    • Current Driver’s Licence 
    • Current First Aid Certificate with CPR 
    • Certificate IV in Disability or Advanced Certificate in Residential and Community Services or other equivalent qualification, however a qualification is not mandatory
    • Working with Children Check, Police Check and DWES Check.

      The successful candidate for this position will be initially employed by the Department of Health and Human Services and managed by Melba Support Services, until transitions to Melba in January 2021, as part of the Victorian transfer of Government Disability Services to the NDIS.

Safety Screening

• All applicants are subject to a National Police History Check.

• Applicants who have lived overseas for 12 months or longer during the past 10 years are required to provide the results of an international police check. Applicants should contact the relevant overseas police force to obtain this and submit as part of their application. Details of overseas police agencies are available on the Department of Immigration website www.immi.gov.au and can be searched for under the phrase, ‘penal clearance certificate'.

• Safety screening will include checking whether your name is on the Disability Worker Exclusion List (DWEL) maintained by the Disability Worker Exclusion Scheme Unit (DWESU). The DWEL includes names of persons unsuitable for employment as a disability support worker in a disability residential service provided, funded or registered by the Department of Human Services.


• A Level 2 First Aid Certificate is required.
• A current Employee Working with Children Check (WWCC) card is required and will need to be provided prior to commencement of employment by the applicant. Currency will need to be maintained by the employee for the period of employment.
• A full driver’s licence is required as some positions and shifts may be required to drive clients to appointments and other locations.
• All new starters are required to complete a mandatory induction program prior to commencement of duties. This relates to both DDSO1/DDSO1Q.

• Unqualified staff will be enabled access to on the job learning as a part of the traineeship scheme. Automatic progression from level 1 to 1Q will occur on the attainment of Certificate IV in Disability Work.


• A Certificate IV in Disability Work or the Advanced Certificate in Residential and Community Services or other tertiary qualifications recognised within departmental guidelines as being equivalent is required and a copy must be provided with your application.


Rewarding work where you can support people to live fabulous lives
• Each day is different from the next where you’re constantly being challenged and learning something new
• Variety of work setting
• Flexible working conditions
• Flexibility of working hours that can fit in with your lifestyle
• Work with a great team
• A supportive work environment
• Great learning and career development opportunities
• Paid training and induction

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