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Disability Education Advocate

NSW Disability Education Advocate – Flexible Working Arrangement



First Peoples Disability Network (FPDN) Australia is a national organisation of and for Australia’s First Peoples living with a disability, their families and communities. FPDN’s purpose is to promote respect for human rights, secure social justice, and empower First Peoples with disability to participate in Australian society on an equal basis with others. We are the traditional custodians of the Land changing the narratives of First Peoples living with a disability, their families and communities and we recognise this important responsibility.


Provide independent individual disability education advocacy services to remove barriers for people with disability in the NSW education sector. The successful candidate will also support the development of individual self-advocacy skills and identify and highlight systemic issues.

It is essential that the successful candidate has lived experience of disability, understands the barriers that Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people face when living with a disability in the NSW education sector. To be successful in the role applicants will have excellent time management, organisational and communication skills. This role is funded for up to a 2 year period and the successful applicant will be required to work from home or a hybrid working arrangement depending on location.


  • Previous experience in an Advocacy Role within the disability or education sectors working within Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander communities
  • Ability to demonstrate well-developed verbal and written communication skills
  • Ability to demonstrate well-developed stakeholder engagement skills within Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities
  • Ability to demonstrate an understanding of the access barriers to the NDIS scheme and associated social issues
  • Strongly development verbal, written and time management skills
  • Formal qualifications in Community Services or Disability (or working towards)

This is an Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander identified position. Applicants are sought from Aboriginal and Torres Strait Australians pursuant to Section 14 of the Anti-Discrimination Act 1977 (NSW).

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Research Project Manager, School of Social Sciences, Western Sydney University

Ref 2057/23 Research Project Manager, School of Social Sciences, Western Sydney University

This is an identified position and applicants must be an Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander Person. Please refer to the Guidelines for Confirmation of Identity for Indigenous Australians for the requirements of this position.

About Western
Working at Western Sydney University means you’ll be part of an organisation that’s ranked in the top 2% of universities worldwide and is a research leader – with 85% of the University’s research being at or above world standard. We understand the key to your success is unlocking your true potential – just as we do with our students. Our 3,000 staff members work together to enable a dynamic, inclusive and innovative culture that is distinctly research-driven and student-centred.

Western Sydney University has long been identified as a University of the people. We value the contributions made by our staff and recognise that they underpin the enablement of our mission and values. In return, we offer:

  • 35 hour work week
  • Flex leave for Professional staff
  • 17% super contributions
  • Inclusive culture

About the Team

The School of Social Sciences offers both undergraduate and postgraduate programs, including research programs that combine advanced academic knowledge with real-life training to suit a range of career needs and interests. The School is committed to the provision of high quality, flexible education. It supports students to maximise their success, promote human rights and expand global reach and reputation.

About the Role
The School of Social Sciences is seeking to appoint a Research Project Manager who will manage a complex project that aims to research support for the strengthening of an Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander disability service sector and in policy. The Research Project Manager will undertake engagement and project coordination with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander and disability community organisations, government agencies, contract development and execution, procurement, budget analysis and financial management, organisation of extensive technical documentation, arrangement of events, liaison with University IT support, coordination of workflows, tracking of project milestones and key deliveries form academic, community and government collaborators and regular reporting to the Project Chief Investigator and a Project Control Group.

This is a full-time, fixed-term position for 12 months located at Western’s Liverpool City Campus.