We also understand that for many of our employees work is an opportunity to meet new people and establish social networks. We have regular social functions such as site barbeques and awards days as well as regular low impact sporting activities that give our employees the chance to participate in friendly competition in a supported environment.
Who can work in Supported Employment?
Employees of our Supported Employment service range from 18 years and over, come from a variety of different cultural backgrounds, and have a wide range of skills and support needs. There are some eligibility requirements. For example, employees generally need to be receiving the Disability Support Pension (or DSP). We support people with a broad range of disabilities (intellectual, physical, mental health issues etc.) so talk to us about your particular interests and support needs to get further information on the employment options available to you.
All our sites are wheelchair accessible; we also have staff who are skilled in a variety of community languages (including AUSLAN) to assist you to communicate your goals and support needs.
What kind of work does DSA do?
Our employees perform a broad variety of jobs across all of our sites ranging from basic packaging through to complex assembly, document management and all aspects of logistics/warehousing. We also operate a property maintenance service that works with some of Australia’s leading organisations.
Many of the products and companies we work with you can see everyday in shops and supermarkets across the country.
Some of the work we do includes:
Contract Packaging, Labelling and Assembly
Shelf Ready Packaging and Displays
Shrink Wrapping, Flow Wrapping and Bundle Wrapping
Kitting and Pre- Assembly
Digital file management
Property Maintenance and Services
What is working for DSA all about?
Having a job is important to different people for different reasons – you might want some extra spending money, or to develop a career. Work might be a place to develop social supports (including making friends) and contribute to your community. We listen to you to understand what help you might need. We have a team of dedicated, trained staff whose sole purpose is to assist employees in all aspects of their working life.
At DSA our employees with a disability are at the centre of service delivery. The Disability Services Standards are incorporated into every aspect of our service delivery.
From the day you start work you are provided with individual support to help you transition into the workplace. For people who haven’t worked before this can mean help with meeting your work colleagues and establishing a social network, understanding how employment works and establishing a new routine. For other people it may be assistance to acquire new skills and qualifications with a goal of moving into Open Employment.
You have the opportunity to set the goals you want to achieve. Our planning process aims to build on every person’s unique strengths and abilities. Your goals can be as large or as small as you would like - the choice is yours!
Some of the things our employees have achieved over the last year are:
Gaining nationally recognised workplace qualifications.
Learning specific skills in the workplace.
Training regarding managing money.
Linking with after work social activities and much more.
If you haven’t worked before, or it’s been a while since you last worked, you might be unsure about your employment goals (or your support needs). Our friendly staff will work closely with you to help you determine a personalised employment plan. If it is important to you, your family, carer or other advocate can also assist you to develop your employment goals with us.
If it is identified that you might need adaptive equipment (or changes to the workplace), we can assist you to access Workplace Modifications funding or tailor your job to best meet your needs.
How much will I get paid?
DSA uses a wage assessment tool that means employees are able to increase their income as their skills improve. Employees are initially paid a training wage.
We provide specific training to assist our employees to learn all aspects of their job and assist them through every stage of the wage assessment process.
At the completion of training, an assessment is made to determine the ongoing hourly rate of pay.
We can also help you to report your earnings to Centrelink if you wish.
What days can I work?
All of our sites are open 5 days a week Monday to Friday. Our Mascot site also operates on Saturdays. As part of the process of starting work with us you will have the opportunity to identify which days and times you would like to work. Many of our employees work fulltime and a lot of our employees work part time. We will work with you to identify the working days and times that suit you.
What training can I do?
We provide training in a number of different areas and offer access to recognised, accredited qualifications. We provide a range of on-site training including:
We tailor training plans to meet the individual needs and aspirations of each of our employees.
We also support employees to access training from external providers such as TAFE and other registered training organisations.
Are there other programs or activities available with DSA?
DSA has a range of support options and activities to help people with disabilities (and their families) to identify and reach their goals. We have programs and services to assist with community access, counselling and health management and Independent living – and new services are being implemented as opportunities and demand arises.
Talk to our Community Connections team about the other opportunities available with DSA that might suit you or your family.
Having a say
At DSA everyone is given an opportunity to participate in the workplace. At each site there is a Representative Committee of employees with a disability elected by their peers.
The committee meets on a regular basis to discuss ideas for improvement and a range of other general work related issues. These ideas are presented to management on behalf of all employees to ensure that the employees’ voice is heard. A central committee made up of representatives from each site committee also meets regularly with senior management including DSA’s CEO.
In addition to the committees, our team of dedicated, trained staff assist employees in all aspects of their working life including supporting each person to have their say.
What’s the next step? How do I get involved?
If you’re interested in working at DSA, or have any questions you’d like to ask, please contact our friendly Customer Connections Team on 1300 372 121 (or email us at firstname.lastname@example.org ).
The staff at Customer Connections can give you further details about our locations, and they regularly conduct interviews and site tours of our facilities. The Customer Connections Team will support you all the way - from when you make your first enquiry to when you start your job.