LIFE’S GREATEST REWARDS
Not-for-profit roles are on the rise, writes Melanie Burgess
T HE not-for-profit sector is experiencing healthy growth, with more than four roles listed on SEEK each day for the National Disability Insurance Scheme alone.
In the first three months of 2017, there were 15,131 roles advertised on SEEK with the key- word “NFP”, or “not for profit”, representing about 3 per cent of all jobs advertised in that period.
There were 399 roles with the keywords “NDIS” or “National Disability Insurance Scheme”.
Most NFP roles were in community services and development (24 per cent), healthcare (23 per cent), education and training (11 per cent) and administration and office support (8 per cent).
Sally Powell, chief executive of a disability-focused not-forprofit organisation, says anyone considering working for a NFP, particularly in the disability sector, must first relate to its mission and values.
“We strive every day to make a difference and change lives. This is a very different motivation to working in a commercial business where profit is the primary focus,” she says.
“While we run commercial businesses in competitive environments, our core focus is to empower people with disability to live fulfilled and happy lives.”
She anticipates significant job growth in the disability sector as the NDIS comes into effect.
“For someone looking to work in the disability sector, gaining a Certificate III in Individual Support is a good start- ing point for various frontline roles, including personal support practitioners, carers, disability support workers and support assistants,” Powell says.
“It is anticipated these types of positions will surge as the NDIS rolls out, making the disability sector one of the fastest growing industries in Australia
“Nationally, 87,000 new carers will be requested to meet the demands of participants in the NDIS at full rollout.”
Occupational therapist Laura Rixon says working for a NFP is very satisfying and gratifying.
“I love the nature of the NFP sector,” she says.
“They are insanely loyal to the values they hold. Every day you are investing in someone’s future whose strengths were overlooked.
“Particularly people with a disability are on a trajectory someone else has preconceived of what they are capable of.”