Speaking Up for You Inc (SUFY) is an independent Individual Social Advocacy Organisation for people with disability who live in Brisbane, Moreton Bay and Redlands regions. SUFY defends the human rights of the most marginalised and vulnerable people with disability through advocacy to address injustices and make a positive difference to their lives.
Its key principles are:
- Human rights: SUFY will promote and defend the human rights, lives, autonomy and relationships of each person with disability whom we support in an advocacy relationship.
- Social Justice: SUFY will operate in ways that support the achievement of rights, equity, access, participation, and equality in our advocacy work with each person.
- Inclusion in Community Life: SUFY will operate in ways that value and support the inclusion of people with disability to live a good life with choice in their diverse communities.
- Priority of the most vulnerable and marginalised: In all its work SUFY will prioritise those who are most at risk and least able to speak up for themselves.
SUFY is a small special-purpose organisation – although its income and staff numbers fluctuate over time, it generally has a financial turnover of $2m and a staff team of 10-15.
We are an equal opportunity employer with a strong commitment to diversity and inclusion within our workplace. We encourage First Nations people and people with disability to apply and to request reasonable adjustments if required to assist the application and recruitment process. SUFY offers staff support such as Access EAP and professional supervision.
The main role of the NDIS Appeals Advocate is funded by the Federal Department of Social Services and provides support to individuals who wish to appeal NDIA decisions through the External Review process at the Administrative Appeals Tribunal (AAT).
A position description and selection criteria are attached. It is imperative that EACH of the Selection Criteria is addressed.
Terms and Conditions
SUFY employees are employed under the conditions of an Enterprise Bargaining Agreement. The NDIS Appeals Advocate’s role is a part-time, fixed-term contract commencing in January 2024 until 30 June 2024 with the possibility of extension. Pay and conditions are equivalent to Level 6 of the Social, Community, Home Care and Disability Services (SHCADS) Industry Award. Work from home options may be available and can be negotiated with the Manager.
As an employee of SUFY you will be required to visit Disability Accommodation, Aged Card Facilities and hospitals. Following the Disability Accommodation Services Direction (No. 25), it is an expectation of employment that SUFY staff will follow this directive and provide evidence (such as a vaccination certificate or medical exemption) that will permit you access to these facilities.