Successful NDIS Application – What’s Next

Your NDIS application was successful – What next?

Preparing for your planning meeting

“Learn to think beyond the money you think you’ll need, think yes I’ve got these impairments so I’ll need these supports to live out my dreams. Think about what are the most important things that I want to work on in my life right now” – Cath (she/her), Cath is blind.

Once you are approved to use the NDIS, you become what is called a participant.

  • When you become an NDIS participant, you will be put on a plan. Usually a plan lasts for the next 12 months after it has been approved.
  • What goes in your plan will be worked out between you and your plan manager during a planning meeting.
  • The NDIS aims to help you meet your goals. What are the things you would like to achieve in the next 12 months, and what equipment and/or supports can help you to achieve them? These supports could be specific support to assist you in achieving your goals, or assistance with the tasks of daily living so that you can focus on what’s important to you.

“When I first accessed the NDIS I didn’t realise how many ways I could use that funding. I was just like, ‘I need a wheelchair’. Having my NDIS plan and learning how to use it has meant that I could find supports I didn’t even know I needed. – Robin (they/them), is a multiply disabled wheelchair user.

“My funding covers support I might need as a person who’s blind. This includes software on my computer that means I have access to the screen, it reads out to me in speech what’s on the screen. I also have a braille computer. If I need help learning new places, like moving to a new house, I do work with orientation and mobility instructors.” – Cath (she/her), Cath is blind.

“I have someone who helps around the house, with odd jobs, the dishes, but he also helps me with my uni work and computer stuff, goes shopping with me – all those things might not seem like a lot, but they’re foundational for me to go on and do other things.” – Debbie (she/her) lives with a psychosocial disability.

Client Service Officer – Aged Care Volunteer Visitor Scheme (ACCVS) – Hunter Office

ACON is Australia’s largest health organisation specialising in community health, inclusion, and HIV responses for people of diverse sexualities and genders; and offers a vibrant, inclusive and nurturing workplace.

We’re offering a great part-time opportunity for a self-motivated person to join ACON’s ACVVS program supporting older LGBTQ+ adults. ACVVS provides social support for older people of diverse sexualities & genders, living in their own home with an aged care package / Residential Aged Care by matching them with trained volunteer visitors.

The Role:

We are looking for someone who has:

  • Experience working in the community service sector particularly within aged care settings or strong personal understanding of navigating the aged care system.
  • The ability to assess clients, volunteers, support with ACVVS matching processes and attend interagency meetings.
  • A strong understanding working with aged care service providers and ability to support and promote the needs of older LGBTQ+ adults.
  • A can-do attitude and ability to work independently and as part of a team in a fast-paced environment.
  • A passion for working within the LGBTQ+ community and supporting the health and wellbeing of older LGBTQ+ people.

About ACON ACVVS:

You will be joining a small dynamic team of client service officers that support ACVVS recipients and volunteers to maintain meaningful and ongoing engagement with the older LGBTQ+ community. The role will operate from ACON’s Hunter office in a hybrid manner with a combination of in-office, work from home and outreach work. The role offers opportunities for ongoing learning and development as well as monthly external supervision.

Working at ACON:

ACON provides a colourful, nurturing, and fun workplace. Our employees and volunteers are the foundation for our ongoing effectiveness and for our capacity to deliver innovative community engagement and health promotion programs and initiatives for our communities.

Salary:​    $55,535.20 to $62,206.40 gross per annum salary + superannuation + leave loading commensurate with skills and experience 

You may also elect to salary package a portion of your salary (up to $30,000 gross-up value) tax-free.

Location:​    ACON’s Hunter Office.

Hours:​    Part-time (56 hours per fortnight) on 12 month fixed term contract (with the possibility of extension).

For more information about the roles, please contact Oscar Sanchez at osanchez@acon.org.au or (02) 9206

All applications must include:

1. a completed ACON employment application form;
2. a document addressing the selection criteria; and
3. your resume.

DOWNLOAD: Job Pack – Client Service Officer – Aged Care Volunteer Visitor Scheme (ACCVS) – Hunter Office

Applications close: Sunday 4th May 2024

ACON is an EEO employer. As part of our commitment to creating a diverse and inclusive workplace, people with HIV, and Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people are strongly encouraged to apply.

 

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Regional Manager, Hunter

An opportunity to join a dynamic team responding to the needs of the LGBTQ+ community.

  • Full-time, Newcastle-based role.

What’s ACON Regional Services?

ACON’s regional services are responsible for the delivery of ACON’s programs and services in regional NSW, with a focus on Health Promotion, Mental Health Services, and Needle Syringe Program operations and Harm Reduction.

The division employs a team of staff and volunteers at branch offices located in Newcastle and Lismore, and southern and far western NSW is covered by the Regional Outreach Team located in the Sydney office. The division has extensive relationships with a wide range of stakeholders in regional NSW and often works in collaboration with Sydney-based teams to facilitate the implementation of ACON’s statewide initiatives developed by other divisions.

Ok, so what’s the role?

Reporting to the Director of Regional Services, the Regional Manager, Hunter will be responsible for establishing, delivering and supporting all aspects of ACON’s programs and services to communities within the Hunter, New England, Central Coast, and Western NSW regions.

Key responsibilities of this role will include:

  • Providing support and leadership in the strategic planning for regional and state-wide initiatives.
  • Partnering with Local Health Districts, Primary Health Networks, service providers, and community groups to improve health outcomes for LGBTQ+ people and people with HIV.
  • Ensuring the health, safety and welfare of ACON staff and volunteers by providing supervision and training.
  • Developing program reporting, schedules, budgets and analysis to ensure effective use of ACON’s resources.
  • Consult with regional communities and service providers to assess gaps and pursue new opportunities to expand ACON’s outreach programs.
  • Managing all staff, volunteers, facilities, and operations of ACON’s Newcastle office.

Who are we looking for?

To be successful in this position you will have:

  • Demonstrated management skills across projects, operations, financials, and human resources.
  • Strong leadership skills including the ability to build a cohesive team and support and develop high-performing staff.
  • Experience and/or deep understanding of contemporary practice and methodologies for community development, health promotion, harm reduction, and peer education.
  • Proven ability to establish and maintain strong relationships and partnerships with other organisations and services.
  • Understanding of, and commitment to, ACON’s communities, particularly people with HIV and those living in rural/regional areas.
  • Proven ability to organise, prioritise, delegate, and meet competing deadlines, demands and obligations.

What else can we tell you?

ACON provides a colourful, nurturing, and fun workplace. Our employees and volunteers are the foundation for our ongoing effectiveness and for our capacity to deliver innovative community engagement and health promotion programs and initiatives for our communities.

To support the successful candidate in their new role at ACON we offer:

  • Flexible working arrangements.
  • Generous learning and development opportunities.
  • Potential for tailored mentoring opportunities.
  • Supportive working environment with a knowledgeable and friendly team.

What are the remuneration and working details? 

Salary:              $118,000 to $125,000 (Gross per annum, PLUS Superannuation and Leave Loading) – commensurate with skills, qualifications, and experience.

Location:         ACON’s Newcastle Office

Hours:             Permanent, Full-Time, 76 hours per fortnight on an ongoing contract.

We offer flexible working arrangements and a generous array of entitlements often above the National Employment Standards (NES) including:

  • Salary Packaging up to $30,000 gross-up value (i.e., currently up to $15,899 tax-free).
  • Generous pro-rata leave entitlements – including up to an extra week of paid leave for full-time employees to be taken during our Christmas and New Year’s shutdown period.
  • Employee Assistance Program (EAP) – access to a comprehensive counselling service free to employees.

How can I find out more details and apply? 

If this sounds like you, we invite you to apply to join our team and help us make a meaningful impact on the lives of those we serve. By joining us, you will be part of a mission to create a healthier and more inclusive community.

We’d love someone who has experience already in this area but people at all levels of experience are absolutely welcome to apply. We highly encourage Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people, people from CALD backgrounds, people with disabilities, and people of all genders to apply.

For more information on the role, please contact Daniel McCarthy, Director of Regional Services, via email at dmccarthy@acon.org.au

All applications must include:

  1. Your completed ACON Employment Application Form – with all the details filled in where requested.
  2. Your Cover Letter outlining how you meet the Selection Criteria (max. 6 pages); and
  3. Your Resume.

DOWNLOAD: Job Pack –Regional Manager, Hunter

Applications close: Sunday 28 April 2024 

We are grounded in the belief that diversity is our strength, our differentiator, and at the core of who we are and what we do. As part of our commitment to inclusion, we encourage applications from people living with HIV, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people and LGBTQ people from culturally, linguistically and ethnically diverse, migrant and refugee backgrounds, and LGBTQ people of colour. 

Manager, Gay and Bi+ Men’s Sexual Health Programs

Join ACON’s HIV and Sexual Health division and support a team across a diverse and engaging portfolio of programs including clinical services, peer work, health promotion and community outreach.

  • This role leading ACON’s GBMSM (Gay, Bisexual and other Men who have sex with Men) Sexual Health team, plays a key role in supporting ACON’s efforts to end HIV transmission in NSW.

Ok, so what’s the role?

The Manager, Gay and Bi+ Men’s Sexual Health Programs will:

  • Provide leadership in the development and implementation of GBMSM health promotion and education programs and services.
  • Manage, inspire and motivate staff working to progress and evaluate high quality HIV and Sexual Health projects to continue to innovate and engage with the community members, to drive down HIV transmission and addressing HIV stigma.
  • Represent ACON at relevant forums, reference groups, inter-agencies, research and other committees that focus on GBMSM sexual health.
  • Provide leadership, strategic thinking and relationship management skills to support the delivery of ACON’s HIV and STI testing through ACON’s a[TEST] services.

Who are we looking for?

The successful applicant will have:

  • Demonstrated experience in the development and planning of evidence-based HIV/STI health promotion and prevention programs (or similar public health experience) and a commitment to addressing health inequity.
  • A demonstrated ability to manage multiple projects and services (including clinical services) across multiple sites to achieve desired outcomes.
  • Exceptional leadership and strategic thinking skills, including demonstrated results in managing a range of programs within a team.
  • Experience in establishing and sustaining effective partnerships and collaborations across clinical, government and non-government sectors.

What else can we tell you?

ACON provides a colourful, nurturing, and fun workplace. Our employees and volunteers are the foundation for our ongoing effectiveness and for our capacity to deliver innovative community engagement and health promotion programs and initiatives for our communities.

To support the successful candidate in their new role at ACON we offer:

  • Flexible working arrangements.
  • Generous learning and development opportunities.
  • Potential for tailored mentoring opportunities.
  • Supportive working environment with a knowledgeable and friendly team.

What’s the remuneration and working details?

Salary:            $124,000 to $136,000 (total remuneration package, inclusive of superannuation and leave loading) – commensurate with skills, qualifications, and experience.

Location:        ACON’s Surry Hills (Sydney) Office, with flexible working options a possibility (away from the office).

Hours:          Full time (76 hours per fortnight) on a 2-year fixed term contract with the possibility of extension.

We offer flexible working arrangements and a generous array of entitlements often above the National Employment Standards (NES) including:

  • Salary Packaging up to $30,000 gross up value (i.e., currently up to $15,899 tax free).
  • Generous pro-rata leave entitlements – including up to an extra week of paid leave for full time employees to be taken during our Christmas and New Year’s shutdown period.
  • Employee Assistance Program (EAP) – access to a comprehensive counselling service free to employees.

How can I find out more details and apply?

If this sounds like you, we invite you to apply to join our team and help us make a meaningful impact on the lives of those we serve. By joining us, you will be part of a mission to create a healthier and more inclusive community.

We highly encourage Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people, people from culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds, people with disabilities, and people of all genders to apply.

For more information on the role, please contact Matthew Vaughan, Director of HIV and Sexual Health via email at mvaughan@acon.org.au  or (02) 9206 2000.

All applications must include:

  1. Your completed ACON Employment Application Form – with all the details filled in where requested;
  2. Your Cover Letter outlining how you meet the Selection Criteria and
  3. Your Resume.

DOWNLOAD: Job Pack –Manager, Gay and Bi+ Men’s Sexual Health Programs 

Applications close: Sunday 14 April 2024 

We are grounded in the belief that diversity is our strength, our differentiator, and at the core of who we are and what we do. As part of our commitment to inclusion, we encourage applications from people living with HIV, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people and LGBTQ people from culturally, linguistically and ethnically diverse, migrant and refugee backgrounds, and LGBTQ people of colour. 

 

 

Client Service Officer (Home Based Care Services)

We are looking for someone to join our Home Based Care team and actively support people living with HIV to live their healthiest and happiest lives.

What’s Home Based Care you say? 

Home based care delivers two services: 

  • The Community Support Network (CSN), and 
  • The Aged Care Volunteer Visitors Scheme (ACVVS). 

For 40 years the CSN program has supported the quality of life, independence, and choices of people living with HIV in New South Wales. CSN provides FREE practical assistance to help people living with HIV live as independently as possible in their own homes. This program is available to people who have a diagnosis of physical or cognitive impairment as a result of, or in the presence of, HIV infection resulting in impaired capacity for independent living. The Community Support Network is a team within the Client Services Unit within the Community Health Division. 

ACVVS is a federally funded national program that matches volunteers to elder people either living at home or in aged care residential facilities with a goal of creating long lasting friendships that will reduce the social isolation and loneliness of elderly people and improve their sense of wellbeing. Our ACVVS recipients are all elder LGBTQ+ folk. 

Home Based Care recruits and trains volunteers and matches them with people in either the CSN or ACVVS service. The focus of the program is to improve the wellbeing of those living with HIV and elders within the LGBTQ+ community while giving volunteers the opportunity to make a meaningful difference to, and enrich their own and other’s lives. 

Ok, so what’s the role? 

The Client Service Officer (Home Based Care Services) is essentially responsible for assessing new clients, matching volunteer carers and working with service providers so that a high standard of community care is delivered people living with HIV within their own home (CSN). The role might also see you assisting in the recruitment of volunteers and matching of clients withing the ACVVS program for elder LGBTQ+ community members. You will: 

  • Conduct client assessments and re-assessments to determine the eligibility and support required from home-based support services and other relevant services. 
  • Match available volunteer carers with eligible clients and maintain links and positive relationships with both clients, their carers and other involved services. 

Who are we looking for?

  • Someone organised, hardworking, and good at building relationships with a range of age groups and who is truly excited about the idea of working with people living with HIV, volunteers and elders in the LGBTQ+ community 
  • Someone who loves both working independently and as part of a close, collaborative team. 

What else can we tell you? 

ACON provides a colourful, nurturing, and fun workplace. Our employees and volunteers are the foundation for our ongoing effectiveness and for our capacity to deliver innovative community engagement and health promotion programs and initiatives for our communities. 

To support the successful candidate in their new role at ACON we offer: 

  • Flexible working arrangements. 
  • Generous learning and development opportunities. 
  • Potential for tailored mentoring opportunities. 
  • Supportive working environment with a knowledgeable and friendly team. 

What’s the remuneration and working details?

Salary: $41,651.40 to $46,654.80 (Gross 0.6FTE per-annum, PLUS Superannuation and Leave Loading) – commensurate with skills, qualifications, and experience. 

Location: ACON’s Surry Hills office with some flexible working away from the office options a possibility. 

Hours: Part-Time (42 hours per fortnight). 

We offer flexible working arrangements and a generous array of entitlements often above the National Employment Standards (NES) including: 

  • Salary Packaging up to $30,000 gross up value (i.e., currently up to $15,899 tax free). 
  • Generous pro-rata leave entitlements – including up to an extra week of paid leave for full time employees to be taken during our Christmas and New Year’s shutdown period. 
  • Employee Assistance Program (EAP) – access to a comprehensive counselling service free to employees. 

How can I find out more details and apply?: 

If this sounds like you, we invite you to apply to join our team and help us make a meaningful impact on the lives of those we serve. By joining us, you will be part of a mission to create a healthier and more inclusive community. 

We’d love someone who has experience already in this area but people at all levels of experience are absolutely welcome to apply. We highly encourage Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people, people from CALD backgrounds, people with disabilities, and people of all genders to apply. 

For more information on the role, please contact Oscar Sanchez at osanchez@acon.org.au or (02) 9206 2000. 

If this sounds like the position and organisation you’ve been looking for, find out how to apply at www.acon.org.au/jobs. 

All applications must include: 

  1. Your completed ACON Employment Application Form – with all the details filled in where requested; 
  1. Your Cover Letter outlining how you meet the Selection Criteria (max. 3 pages); and 
  1. Your Resume. 

 

DOWNLOAD: Job Pack – Client Service Officer (Home Based Care Services) 

Applications close: Sunday 24 March 2024 

We are grounded in the belief that diversity is our strength, our differentiator, and at the core of who we are and what we do. As part of our commitment to inclusion, we encourage applications from people living with HIV, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people and LGBTQ people from culturally, linguistically and ethnically diverse, migrant and refugee backgrounds, and LGBTQ people of colour. 

Mental Health Peer Worker – Hunter (LGBTQ+)

An opportunity to join a team of peer workers using their lived experience to support the mental health of LGBTQ+ community members of all genders across NSW.

  • 1 x Newcastle Based Role: Part-Time (2 days / week) 

What is ACON’s Mental Health Peer Work Service?   

The Mental Health Peer Work service at ACON is the combination of two specialty streams of mental health peer work: Suicide Prevention and Trans Mental Health and Wellbeing. It is a state-wide service that can be accessed by community via telehealth or face-to-face at one of the three ACON offices; Surry Hills, Newcastle, and Lismore. The position we are recruiting for will be Newcastle-based. 

Ok, so what’s the role? 

The Mental Health Peer Worker – Suicide Prevention role is essentially utilising your personal lived/living experience of suicidality and mental health recovery to support community members on their mental health recovery journeys. This service is only for LGBTQ+ people and recognises the unique contexts that influence suicidality and mental unwellness for people of diverse sexualities and genders, and its impacts.  

You will: 

  • Maintain a caseload of LGBTQ+ peers (clients) who are experiencing suicidal crises or following a recent suicide attempt. Some clients may also be seeking support in relation to gender and/or sexuality, mental health, substance support, ageing, housing, and/or be newly diagnosed or living longer-term with HIV. 
  • Collaborate with peers, colleagues, other services, supervisors and managers in a person-centred, trauma-informed manner to appropriately meet the needs and support the people you are working with.  

Who are we looking for?

  • Someone who has an understanding of ACON’s communities and the unique complexities of working with LGBTQ+ peers who are experiencing suicidal crises or following a recent suicide attempt. 
  • Someone confident in sharing and using their personal lived experience of suicide and mental health recovery in a safe and meaningful way to support and advocate for the peers they are working with.  

What else can we tell you? 

ACON provides a colourful, nurturing, and fun workplace. Our employees and volunteers are the foundation for our ongoing effectiveness and for our capacity to deliver innovative community engagement and health promotion programs and initiatives for our communities. 

To support the successful candidate in their new role at ACON we offer: 

  • Flexible working arrangements. 
  • Generous learning and development opportunities. 
  • Potential for tailored mentoring opportunities. 
  • Supportive working environment with a knowledgeable and friendly team. 

You will be part of the Community Health team which delivers Care Coordination, counselling, substance support counselling, peer mental health support, trans mental health and trans peer support across NSW. It’s an energetic team of people with a dedicated focus on improving the lives of LGBTQ+ people. 

What’s the remuneration and working details?

Newcastle Role (Part-Time): 

Salary (P-Time): $27,767 – $33,620 (Gross per-annum for 2 days / week, PLUS Superannuation and Leave Loading) – commensurate with skills, qualifications, and experience. 

Location: ACON’s Islington (Newcastle) Office, with some flexible working from home arrangements possible. 

Hours: Part-Time (28 hours per fortnight). 

We offer flexible working arrangements and a generous array of entitlements often above the National Employment Standards (NES) including: 

  • Salary Packaging up to $30,000 gross up value (i.e., currently up to $15,899 tax free) pro rata. 
  • Generous pro-rata leave entitlements – including up to an extra week of paid leave for full time employees to be taken during our Christmas and New Year’s shutdown period. 
  • Employee Assistance Program (EAP) – access to a comprehensive counselling service free to employees. 

How can I find out more details and apply? 

If this sounds like you, we invite you to apply to join our team and help us make a meaningful impact on the lives of those we serve. By joining us, you will be part of a mission to create a healthier and more inclusive community. 

We’d love someone who has experience already in this area but people at all levels of experience are absolutely welcome to apply. We highly encourage Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people, people from culturally, linguistically and ethnically diverse, migrant, and refugee backgrounds, and people of colour, people with disabilities, and people of all genders to apply. 

For more information on the roles, please contact Chloe Wilson, Co-ordinator Mental Health Peer Work at CWilson@acon.org.au or 02 4962 7700, or Kage Gold, Acting Regional Manager Hunter at KGold@acon.org.au  

If this sounds like the position and organisation you’ve been looking for, find out how to apply at www.acon.org.au/jobs. 

All applications must include: 

  1. Your completed ACON Employment Application Form – with all the details filled in where requested; 
  1. Your Cover Letter outlining how you meet the Selection Criteria (max. 4 pages); and 
  2. Your Resume (max. 4 pages). 

DOWNLOAD: Job Pack – Mental Health Peer Worker – Hunter (LGBTQ+)

Applications close: Sunday 14 April 2024 

We are grounded in the belief that diversity is our strength, our differentiator, and at the core of who we are and what we do. As part of our commitment to inclusion, we encourage applications from people living with HIV, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people and LGBTQ people from culturally, linguistically and ethnically diverse, migrant and refugee backgrounds, and LGBTQ people of colour. 

Care Coordinator/Counsellor – Hunter

An opportunity to join a dynamic team of workers responding to the needs of the LGBTQ+ community.

  • 1 x Newcastle Based Role: Full-Time 

Ok, so what’s the role? 

The Care Coordinator / Counsellor role is essentially a combination of case management and brief counselling in response to clients accessing ACON. You will: 

  • Maintain a caseload of LGBTQ+ clients who are experiencing mental health difficulties, suicidal crises, sexual, domestic, and family violence, and people living and/or affected by HIV. 
  • Use a range of short-term, evidence-based therapeutic interventions, care planning, advocacy, and building referral pathways to better equip people to deal with life’s challenges. 

Who are we looking for? 

  • Someone who has an understanding of ACON’s communities and the unique complexities of working with LGBTQ+ clients. 
  • Someone who uses a collaborative approach to client work and will actively engage with ACON’s other client services teams such as trans mental health and suicide prevention peer work, as well as external organisations such as crisis and mental health services when appropriate.  
  • Someone with real enthusiasm for working in mental health and can bring energy, optimism along with an organised, collaborative working style to the role. 

What else can we tell you? 

ACON provides a colourful, nurturing, and fun workplace. Our employees and volunteers are the foundation for our ongoing effectiveness and for our capacity to deliver innovative community engagement and health promotion programs and initiatives for our communities. 

To support the successful candidate in their new role at ACON we offer: 

  • Flexible working arrangements. 
  • Generous learning and development opportunities. 
  • Potential for tailored mentoring opportunities. 
  • Supportive working environment with a knowledgeable and friendly team. 

You will be part of the Regional Services Division which delivers ACON’s services and support across NSW. It’s an energetic team of people with a dedicated focus on improving the lives of LGBTQ+ people in regional areas. 

What’s the remuneration and working details? 

Newcastle Role (Full-Time): 

Salary (F-Time): $88,721.00 – $103,857 (Gross per-annum, PLUS Superannuation and Leave Loading) – commensurate with skills, qualifications, and experience. 

Location: ACON’s Islington (Newcastle) Office, with some flexible working from home arrangements possible. 

Hours: Full-Time (70 hours per fortnight). 

We offer flexible working arrangements and a generous array of entitlements often above the National Employment Standards (NES) including: 

  • Salary Packaging up to $30,000 gross up value (i.e., currently up to $15,899 tax free). 
  • Generous pro-rata leave entitlements – including up to an extra week of paid leave for full time employees to be taken during our Christmas and New Year’s shutdown period. 
  • Employee Assistance Program (EAP) – access to a comprehensive counselling service free to employees. 

How can I find out more details and apply? 

If this sounds like you, we invite you to apply to join our team and help us make a meaningful impact on the lives of those we serve. By joining us, you will be part of a mission to create a healthier and more inclusive community. 

We’d love someone who has experience already in this area but people at all levels of experience are absolutely welcome to apply. We highly encourage Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people, people from culturally, linguistically and ethnically diverse, migrant, and refugee backgrounds, and people of colour, people with disabilities, and people of all genders to apply. 

For more information on the roles, please contact Louise Dunne at ldunne@acon.org.au or 02 4962 7700. 

If this sounds like the position and organisation you’ve been looking for, find out how to apply at www.acon.org.au/jobs. 

All applications must include: 

  1. Your completed ACON Employment Application Form – with all the details filled in where requested; 
  2. Your Cover Letter outlining how you meet the Selection Criteria (max. 4 pages); and 
  3. Your Resume (max. 4 pages). 

DOWNLOAD: Job Pack – Care Coordinator/Counsellor – Hunter

Applications close: Sunday 14 April 2024 

We are grounded in the belief that diversity is our strength, our differentiator, and at the core of who we are and what we do. As part of our commitment to inclusion, we encourage applications from people living with HIV, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people and LGBTQ people from culturally, linguistically and ethnically diverse, migrant and refugee backgrounds, and LGBTQ people of colour. 

SWASH 2024 Survey now open!

We are currently recruiting for the 2024 iteration of the SWASH survey!

The SWASH survey is the longest running community survey that investigates the sexual partners, practices and general health of lesbian, bisexual, trans and queer women.

The findings from the survey are vitally important as they are used to guide HIV, sexual health and other programs and policies specifically for LGBTQ+ women in NSW. 

If you’re an LGBTQ+ woman who lives in, or is visiting, Eora/Sydney this Mardi Gras, please take 10 minutes to fill out the SWASH survey!

Click here to complete the SWASH 2024 Survey!

Care Coordinator/Counsellor – Sexual, Domestic & Family Violence Service (Hunter)

An opportunity to join a newly formed team of specialist workers responding to the needs of the LGBTQ+ community:

  • 1 x Newcastle Based Role: Part-Time (3 days / week) 

What’s the Sexual, Family and Domestic Violence (SDFV) Service?   

The SFDV service is a project operating from our Surry Hills, Newcastle and Lismore offices, providing specialist care coordination and counselling services to LGBTQ+ people experiencing sexual, family and/or domestic violence. 

Ok, so what’s the role? 

The Care Coordinator / Counsellor roles are essentially a combination of case management and brief counselling in response to clients with experience of SDFV. This service is only for LGBTQ+ folk and recognises the unique contexts in which SDFV occurs for people of diverse sexualities and genders, and its impacts. You will: 

  • Maintain a caseload of LGBTQ+ clients who have experienced sexual, domestic and/or family violence. Some clients may also be seeking support in relation to gender and/or sexuality, mental health, substance support, ageing, housing, and/or be newly diagnosed or living longer-term with HIV. 
  • Collaborate with clients, other services, supervisors and managers to assess, manage and mitigate risk in a victim / survivor focused and trauma-informed manner.

Who are we looking for?

  • Someone who has an understanding of ACON’s communities and the unique complexities of working with LGBTQ+ clients who have experienced SDFV. 
  • Someone with real enthusiasm for working with victim / survivors of SDFV and can bring energy, optimism along with an organised, collaborative working style to the role.

What else can we tell you? 

ACON provides a colourful, nurturing, and fun workplace. Our employees and volunteers are the foundation for our ongoing effectiveness and for our capacity to deliver innovative community engagement and health promotion programs and initiatives for our communities. 

To support the successful candidate in their new role at ACON we offer: 

  • Flexible working arrangements. 
  • Generous learning and development opportunities. 
  • Potential for tailored mentoring opportunities. 
  • Supportive working environment with a knowledgeable and friendly team. 

You will be part of the Community Health team which delivers Care Coordination, counselling, substance support counselling, peer mental health support, trans mental health and trans peer support across NSW. It’s an energetic team of people with a dedicated focus on improving the lives of LGBTQ+ people.

What’s the remuneration and working details?

Salary (P-Time): $53,232.60 (Gross per-annum for 3 days / week, PLUS Superannuation and Leave Loading) – commensurate with skills, qualifications, and experience. 

Location: ACON’s Islington (Newcastle) Office, with some flexible working from home arrangements possible. 

Hours: Part-Time (42 hours per fortnight) on a 2-year fixed term contract with the possibility of extension. 

We offer flexible working arrangements and a generous array of entitlements often above the National Employment Standards (NES) including: 

  • Salary Packaging up to $30,000 gross up value (i.e., currently up to $15,899 tax free). 
  • Generous pro-rata leave entitlements – including up to an extra week of paid leave for full time employees to be taken during our Christmas and New Year’s shutdown period. 
  • Employee Assistance Program (EAP) – access to a comprehensive counselling service free to employees.

How can I find out more details and apply?

If this sounds like you, we invite you to apply to join our team and help us make a meaningful impact on the lives of those we serve. By joining us, you will be part of a mission to create a healthier and more inclusive community. 

We’d love someone who has experience already in this area but people at all levels of experience are absolutely welcome to apply. We highly encourage Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people, people from CALD backgrounds, people with disabilities, and people of all genders to apply. 

For more information on the roles, please contact Maddy Liiv at mliiv@acon.org.au or (02) 9206 2000, or specifically for the Sydney position: Lila Rhodes at lrhodes@acon.org.au, and for the Newcastle position: Louise Dunne at ldunne@acon.org.au. 

All applications must include: 

  1. Your completed ACON Employment Application Form – with all the details filled in where requested; 
  1. Your Cover Letter outlining how you meet the Selection Criteria (max. 4 pages); and 
  1. Your Resume (max. 4 pages).

DOWNLOAD: Job Pack – Care Coordinator/Counsellor – Sexual, Domestic & Family Violence Service

Applications close: Sunday 7 April 2024 

We are grounded in the belief that diversity is our strength, our differentiator, and at the core of who we are and what we do. As part of our commitment to inclusion, we encourage applications from people living with HIV, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people and LGBTQ people from culturally, linguistically and ethnically diverse, migrant and refugee backgrounds, and LGBTQ people of colour. 

Trans Vitality Workshops

Join us for ‘Trans Vitality’ a series of in-person and online workshops, hosted by ACON from March to May 2024! These workshops dive into defining moments in trans history, community care, navigating transphobia and social isolation. Open to trans people and those questioning their gender, aged 18 years old and above in NSW. For further information and to register interest please visit, and let’s build trans resilience together!

Click here to register.

Technology and Tea

The LOVE Project and YourLink invites older LGBTQ people to explore technology and connect with likeminded community members. Learn about smart devices, getting online, browsing the web, staying safe, sharing information, personal security, apps and much more.

Whether you are struggling to start your device or want to gain more digital skills, YourLink have the answers.

This series includes three digital information workshops including –

  • Building confidence with your device, online security and staying connected

  • Getting organised online and tech for entertainment, interests and learning

  • Searching the Internet and accessing library services online

Attend all three workshops or the one you may benefit from the most.

Afternoon tea provided.

Dates: Wed 6 March, Wednesday 20 March & Wednesday 3 April

Time: 2pm to 4pm

Location: Darlinghurst Community Space,

                     Lower ground floor, East Sydney Early Learning Centre

                     277 Bourke Street Darlinghurst 2010

FREE Event – Bookings Essential!