NDIS Appeals Officer
Permanent part-time position
20 hrs per week
Position based in Wollongong, NSW
Illawarra Advocacy is an independent, not-for-profit organisation that has had a presence in the disability sector in the Illawarra region for over 25 years. We are funded by the Federal Department of Social Services (DSS) to provide Individual Advocacy and NDIS Appeals advocacy to people with disability in the Illawarra region.
About the role
Illawarra Advocacy receives funding from the DSS to provide advocacy and support to clients engaged in seeking review of NDIA (National Disability Insurance Agency) decisions. The successful applicant will provide advocacy and support assistance with NDIA Appeals matters. This will include informing, assisting and supporting clients in the drafting and submitting of applications to the AAT (Administrative Appeals Tribunal) and attending AAT conferences and tribunal hearings with or on behalf of clients.
- Assist applicants to navigate the process of seeking an Administrative Appeals Tribunal (AAT) review of NDIA decisions, including preparing documents, attending conferences and tribunal hearings;
- Assist applicants to self-advocate where possible, or provide individual advocacy support, developing and implementing an individual plan in partnership with the applicant;
- Ensure a referral to the NDIS Appeals Legal Services where legal issues are highlighted for a determination as to whether legal services will be provided (for complex or novel legal cases);
- Provide public information about the availability and role of the support person;
- Assist in the development of skills in self-advocacy by conducting individual or group sessions;
- Other duties as required.
- Relevant qualifications (or progression towards) and/or experience that relate to the key activities of the position;
- Knowledge of the NDIS and the NDIS Appeals process;
- An understanding of the AAT processes,
- Demonstrated experience in providing advocacy to clients and an understanding of the disability sector;
- Knowledge and understanding of the National Standards for Disability Services;
- Ability to interpret policies and procedures;
- Demonstrated high level interpersonal skills with the ability to communicate effectively with a broad range of people;
- Demonstrated experience in developing professional networks and facilitating and providing public information;
- Willingness to perform and satisfy National Police Check and Working with Children Check;
- Current drivers’ licence;
- Access to fully comprehensively insured and registered vehicle.
Applications for the positions close at 5pm on the 12th of December 2018.
Only applications addressing the selection criteria will be considered
Send to or post to P.O. Box 5134 Wollongong 2500.