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					                                  UWS POSITION STATEMENT

Position Title:   National Disability Coordination Officer (NDCO) Program
Establishment No: 7003866
School/Office:    Equity and Diversity
College/Division: Corporate Strategy and Services Division

UWS has received funds from the new Federal Department of Education, Employment and
Workplace Relations to establish and run the National Disability Coordination Officer Program in
three Western Sydney regions, for three and half years.

The national program will have a total of 31 officers around Australia whose mission will be to
enhance education, training and employment opportunities for people with disabilities. UWS will
employ a National Disability Coordination Officer in three service regions across Western Sydney
to provide transition support for people with disabilities entering tertiary education and employment.


The NDCO Program Coordinator will be responsible for the coordination of the strategic direction
and activities across the regions of the UWS NDCO Program. They will also be responsible for
offering information, coordination and referral services for people with a disability who are
interested in or enrolled in post-school education and training and subsequent employment. The
Coordinator will be responsible for improving transition, linkages between key stakeholders, and
participation by people with a disability in post-secondary settings.


The NDCO Program Coordinator reports to the Director, Equity and Diversity
The NDCO Program Coordinator supervises the NDCO Program Administrative Officer HEW Level


This position will operate within a context of multiple regional programs and Strategic Plans with a
high volume and quality of outcomes to be delivered. The Program Coordinator will also have a
blend of program coordination and NDCO activity responsibilities. This will require an effective
balance of arising needs on multiple levels to ensure the UWS NDCO program as a whole
operates collectively and to maximum affect.

The UWS NDCO program is a recently changed and expanded program (formerly known as
Regional Disability Liaison Officer) with a long history of established networks and highly
successful outcomes. The Program Coordinator needs to steer operations across all 3 regions of
the UWS NDCO Program so as to capitalise on existing program products, processes and
relationships whilst creating new and enhanced ones also.

Position Statement                                                                       25 October 2010

The NDCO program is required to reach across large regions with high numbers of targeted
service users. Within this situation, the Program Coordinator will need to design strategies that
affect the greatest number of service users with a highest quality service.


Program Coordination across the three UWS NDCO Service Regions

       Coordinate Program development and operation ensuring effective service delivery to
        people with a disability in each NDCO region

       Develop and maintain Program Strategic and Business Plans

       Co-ordinate the liaison with State and National key stakeholders

       Develop and co-ordinate NDCO projects

       Liaise with the NDCO Advisory Committee on strategic Program issues and ensure the
        effective running of the Committee

       Co-ordinate the development and maintenance of the NDCO Calendar

       Liaise with DEEWR and UWS on Program issues

       Report to DEEWR according to Agreement requirements

       Report to UWS on Program issues and attend Equity and Diversity Unit operational

       Supervise the NDCO Administrative Officer

       Coordinate planing and operational meetings for NDCO staff

       Liaise with Equity and Diversity about NDCO budget planning and monitoring

       Develop and maintain systems and processes for the operation of the Program

Liaising and networking

       Participation in state/regional post-school education disability networks and other local
        service networks and agencies, such as community organisations, employment
        organisations, and other bodies to assist appropriate coordination, referral and

       Establish and maintain links with other NDCOs in the network, particularly NDCOs in the
        surrounding regions

       Establish and maintain links with all key stakeholders in the NDCO Service Region
        including education and training providers, schools, employer groups, Australian
        Apprenticeship Centres, Career Advice Australia providers, community groups,
        Commonwealth Rehabilitation Services and providers of other Australian Government


Provision of information, education and training

       Provide information on support, services and resources available in the region for students
        and potential students with a disability to assist them in their transition from school and/or
        community to Higher Education and/or Vocational Education and Training

       Provide education and training providers and other key stakeholders in the NDCO service
        region to increase their awareness of their responsibilities under the Disability
        Discrimination Act 1992 and the Disability Standards for Education 2005

       Provide information about the objectives and intent of the Programme to interested
        participants and the key stakeholders

       Promote Vocational Education and Training and Higher Education to people with a
        disability and their families and support networks in the Service Region. National Disability
        Coordination Officer should strategically target groups of students and prospective students
        across the region, including special needs schools

       Assist in building the capacity of education and training providers in the NDCO service
        region for these providers to assist students or prospective students with disability,
        particularly private training providers

Referral and transition support

       Provide information, coordination and referral type activities to people with a disability who
        are interested, or enrolled in, post-school education and training

       Refer Higher Education and Vocational Education and Training graduates with disabilities
        to appropriate employment agencies or other support services to assist them to transition to
        sustainable employment

       Assist individuals to make informed choices about the most appropriate post-school
        education or training institutions for them, including linking students with appropriate
        institutional staff responsible for direct support services

       Assist school leavers with disabilities with transitional arrangements into Higher Education
        or Vocational Education and Training and liaises with secondary schools or senior colleges
        and other service providers such as Local Community Partnerships and Youth Pathways

Systemic and regional analysis

       Identify barriers, and strategies to overcome these barriers, to successful transitions from
        school and/or community to Higher Education and/or Vocational Education and Training,
        and then subsequent employment for people with disability

       Identify the availability of and demand for disability support services in the National
        Disability Coordination Officer Service Region

       Maintain an awareness of local, State/Territory and national developments in the provision
        of support services to people with a disability


Reporting and administration

       Provide information to the funding Department, the NDCO Advisory Committee and
        relevant government bodies


The broad expectation of the role requires the following attributes:

    1. An undergraduate degree and extensive relevant experience, or an equivalent
       alternative combination of relevant knowledge, training and/or experience

    2. Experience in the coordination of a regional program for the delivery of services to
       people with disabilities

    3. Experience in the area of service provision, policy development and implementation for
       people with disabilities

    4. Understanding of support and service delivery to people with disabilities in a post-
       secondary setting

    5. Knowledge and understanding of current legislation, initiatives and disability issues
       within the post-secondary educational and employment environments

    6. Highly effective organisational, negotiation and communication skills including the
       ability to build, coordinate and maintain effective networks

    7. Capacity at both the strategic and operational level, to respond to and/or initiate new
       directions and change

    8. Ability to develop and facilitate information strategies to build the capacity of people
       with a disability and key stakeholders

    9. Experience in the successful management of projects and an understanding of project
       management principles and processes

    10. Understanding of the principles of equal opportunity, equity and occupational health
        and safety and the willingness and capacity to implement equal opportunity, equity and
        occupational health and safety plans, policies and programs

Date Position Statement Last Reviewed:                       N/A

Date Position Statement Last Classified:                     N/A


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