Supporting people with significant barriers to employment
At Ability Works Australia, we believe everyone should have the opportunity to secure a job. A job with us is more than just income. It is a chance to create a circle of friends, have a sense of belonging, with something to look forward to each day – all within a structured and supportive environment.
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Ability Works is an inclusive and diverse social enterprise. We employ people with all kinds of experiences and backgrounds…
Our team includes people who live with physical and intellectual disability (including many who have complex support needs)…
As well as people without a disability, people from Indigenous and Torres Strait Island backgrounds, migrants for whom English is an additional language, refugees, women returning to the workforce, young people 16-25 years who are finding it challenging to get their first job and people over age 50 having difficulty getting a job.
Ability Works tailors work opportunities across a wide range of work activities and products so our people get to experience different jobs and build their skills.
Attitude is as important as ability. This is why we take into account someone’s love for learning and their desire to keep improving.
As well as employment and income, we offer a wide range of other benefits. These include the chance to improve your communication, self-organisation, workplace health and safety, working with others and an understanding of appropriate workplace behaviours and relationships. We also promote an understanding of accountability, and work goals as you progress to more complex or varied tasks. There are many benefits that go beyond those directly associated with work, such as including new friendships and formal training at certified TAFEs.
Ability Works is not like any other workplace. Working here can turn your life around. Once an offer is made to you, you have a job for life, should you wish. You and your family may think it is not possible for you to work. Ability Works is most likely able to get you into work even if you do not have sight, hearing or speech. People who work with us have intellectual and developmental or physical disabilities, and we create safe inclusive workplaces.
If you work full time, your workday starts at 8.30am and finishes at 4.15pm between Monday to Thursday. On Fridays you finish at 4pm. There is a 15-minute break for morning and afternoon tea, with a half hour for lunch. You also have ten rostered days off (RDO) so staff supporting you can meet, attend training and catch up on administration.
We can offer you job specific training or if you have a goal to improve your skills in a particular area, we are able to support that too. We conduct a lot of training in workplace health and safety. Box Hill Institute run Certificate training courses at Ability Works, which you can attend during work hours.
Ability Works is a registered National Disability Insurance Scheme ( NDIS ) provider and we can assist with helping those who wish to receive funding for employment.
Ability Works and the Transport Accident Commission (TAC) have been employment partners since 2019. Ability Works currently provides employment for a number of people who been injured in road accidents.
Through a strong partnership with Box Hill Institute, Ability Works offers a selection of onsite vocational courses to help build work related skills and confidence.
Staff are able to nominate for a variety of courses which are facilitated at Ability Works by qualified Box Hill Institute educators typically over a 10 week semester.
We are constantly assessing course suitability and strive to ensure our training and further education opportunities are relevant and helpful towards staff who may be transitioning to mainstream employment.
Annual Individual Employment Plans are agreed on and maintained to ensure workplace goals are achieved.
Our employees receive technical skills training using a range of methods including cue cards, jigs and photographs.
The machinery in our Wire Fabrication Facility has been modified, so that if you have a disability, you will have no challenges working on the equipment.
We look forward to meeting you and discussing our selection process. This includes getting to know your skills, meeting our fantastic support team, touring our workplace, completing an application and, if successful, undertaking a work trial.GET IN TOUCH
As a successful social enterprise, Ability Works’ delivers a wide range of services, from supporting people with significant barriers to employment, to tailoring solutions for customers in diverse industries. The following questions help explain what we do and achieve for our customers and our staff.
Joy has been working at Ability Works for just over six months.
“I chose to work at Ability Works because I thought it would be a good experience, a chance to learn some new skills and I love serving the local community. My dream job is to be a library assistant, so I feel as though the things I am learning such as document scanning are helping me on my way to achieving that dream. The people at Ability Works are kind, welcoming and I feel as though I have made a lot of friends. I like that there is the Employee Representative Council, alongside the staff, which makes me feel heard and supported.”
Giulio has been working at Ability Works for just over a year.
“I love working at Ability Works because it’s such a positive environment! I have made some great friends here and the staff are the best! They are so easy to get along with, they understand that some people might need extra help and they guide you through to achieving your goals, both short and long term. I like that working here is a group effort, we all work together as a team, and as friends, and it’s not what your disabilities are, it’s what your abilities are.”
Tina has been working at Ability Works for more than 10 years.
“I like working at Ability Works because I enjoy working and I get the chance to make some new friends, all the staff and employees are kind, supportive and friendly. My favourite thing each day is seeing everyone and saying hello, and I hope to continue working at Ability Works for a long time.”
Mark has been at Ability Works for just over two years.
“I decided to work at Ability Works because they could offer me a unique opportunity for supported work, tailored to my needs. Now that I work here, I love the friendly environment and the people I work with, as well as the innovative ways Ability Works can break down jobs into easily achievable tasks and continue to support their employees. Something that surprised me about Ability Works is that I met my fiancé here, I never expected to meet the love of my life at work.”