Westcare consists of five main work areas:
Employment opportunities for people with disabilities are available in these departments as well as in general areas.
Prospective applicants and interested individuals are welcome to organise a visit to our factories. These visits are informal and provide information about our services and employment conditions.
We encourage people to make personal decisions about their employment options.
Following the return of an employment application an interview is conducted for further discussion about the applicant’s work goals and related matters. If the applicant meets Westcare’s Entry Policy, he or she might be able to start work.
An Employment Application can be provided by contacting our Disability Services Manager on 6389 4100.
Work hours will be discussed upon application. This provides an opportunity to try available work tasks before confirmation of an employment position.
Employees are covered by general industrial conditions such as leave entitlements. Wages are based on hourly rates paid directly into bank accounts. Extra income may affect Centrelink (Social security) payments.
A short work experience of about two weeks can also be arranged.
Opportunities for developing work ability and skills in a friendly working atmosphere are available through on-the-job training and personal support.
Westcare highly values employee rights, responsibilities, decision making and choice, and personal information is strictly confidential.
Policies and procedures are in place to help us to provide a high quality of employment assistance service in accordance with the disability employment standards of the Commonwealth Department of Department of Families, Housing, Community Services and Indigenous Affairs (FaHCSIA).
We recognise the support of FaHCSIA which partly funds Westcare’s Employment Assistance Services.
Strategies for promoting personal decision making and choice have been in place for many years. In 1979, a more formal practice of self choice was adopted. Current policies and procedures are based on the development and provision of valued and coherent services.
Each employee is valued as an individual person and this is reflected by Westcare’s employment practices and promotional materials. Employees are capable of making personal decisions and able to contribute to business/service evaluation. Processes for informed participation, with or without support, may be at individual and service levels and may involve decision regarding personal daily matters and program planning.
A prospective employee (with advocate when needed) is encouraged to have a guided factory tour to discuss information about employment options and conditions. Following submission of an employment application, there are further opportunities for discussion during the interview.
Employees (with advocate when needed) are involved in their own employment management program planning. Their inputs/feedback regarding personal employment goals and outcomes are essential elements of high quality employment assistance services.
Competency development in areas such as options identification, informed choice/decision making and responsibility are incorporated into support relationship and by promoting socially valued roles. Personal development/training is supplemented through community resources such as assertiveness, advocacy and related TAFE courses.
At the service level, the consumer representative attends Senior Management meetings. Current information and circulars from management and consumer representatives are regularly posted on notice boards and available to all employees. Support personnel can be contacted for explanation/clarification.
Employees have rights and responsibilities and are encouraged to participate in electing and becoming committee representatives (e.g. Consumer Representatives and Occupational Safety and Health). Consumer Representatives Committee members are consumer elected for a two year term. New members will be shown how the committee works, and the roles and responsibilities of being an elected committee member representing employees will be explained/coached by experienced members.
The key role of an elected consumer representative is to discuss and address relevant issues or concerns with management and to give direct feedback to other employees (minutes of meetings posted on notice board and support is available for explanation/clarification). Consultation takes place within the specific committee, and when invited by committee members, support can be provided by personnel experienced in committee procedures and employee representation.