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Working for a not for profit organisation can be a very rewarding experience. There is something special about knowing that the work you do, the years you invest, is contributing to positive change in our society. ADEC is an inclusive employer that supports staff to develop, grow and obtain diverse skills.

About ADEC

ADEC is a state-wide Victorian organisation that has been supporting people living with disability, their families, and carers from diverse cultural backgrounds, for over 32 years. Our workforce is made up of friendly bilingual staff who understand cultural diversity and seek to improve the communities with which they have contact. ADEC is an equal opportunity employer; we value and strongly support the principles of equal opportunity in the workplace.


Available positions
Job title Location Role Category Position Description
Disability Support Worker Preston

The role of the Disability Support Worker is to provide:


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- In-home respite to assist older carers and their children with disability to continue to live independently in their homes.
- Regular out-of-home respite using social and recreational activities for care recipients, their carers and families.
- Extended in-home respite to cover unforeseen circumstances or emergencies.

- Carer and family mini-holidays.


Volunteer Board Member Preston

Board members are expected to attend eight Board meetings and the AGM during the year.  They are expected to read Board materials in advance of meetings and come prepared to contribute meaningfully to discussion. 


Board members will be expected to participate in the work of sub-committees and also to contribute their time at weekends to strategic planning activities.


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Board members are expected to responsibly represent ADEC to their professional and social communities, and to play an active role in developing personal relationships and connections that will help ADEC to identify and solicit sources of funding and support for the organisation’s activities. 


Board terms last for two years and Board members can serve for as long as they wish.


Programs Manager Preston

The Programs Manager is responsible for designing and leading several programs such as Advocacy Support, NDIS Support, Disability Support, Access & Support and My Aged Care.


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- Coordinate all ADEC program activity within scope.
- Support program coordinators to meet the Quality and compliance requirements of their programs.
- Prepare and submit reports as required to management and funding authorities, ensuring an emphasis on management and outcome reporting.
- Prepare annual operational plans and budgets for the managed programs and conduct reviews to ensure that they meet the expressed needs of participants.
- Complete staff appraisals and performance reviews as required under ADEC procedures.
- Travel between offices as required

 The selection criteria must be addressed for further consideration for these roles.

 If you would like more information about working for ADEC, get in touch with us via phone: 03 9480 7000 or via email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.  




ChiekoCrop250Chances are if you are a person living with a disability or caring for someone with a disability, you would have now heard all about the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS). It is quite difficult to get your head around all the information, with the changing levels of detail and complexity, more and more information is appearing daily.

Action on Disability within Ethnic Communities Inc. (ADEC) has been supporting people living with a disability (and their carers), from multicultural backgrounds, for over 30 years. Let’s look at one example of how the NDIS has changed the life of one of ADEC’s Japanese Carer Group participants.


alphasmADEC has been quite busy assisting clients from non-English speaking backgrounds to access the NDIS and other disability services. Since the roll-out of the NDIS in North Eastern Melbourne Area (NEMA) a large number of clients from Culturally and Linguistically Diverse Communities (CALD) have been approaching ADEC seeking assistance around understanding the NDIS. Finding out what it means for individuals with disability and their families and how to access the funding and services.


jobscrop250ADEC currently has a vacancy for a part-time (3 days per week) Transcultural Capacity Building Team Leader based at ADEC’s Werribee Office located at 1 Watton Street in Werribee.

The Transcultural Capacity Building Team Leader will work closely with ethnic communities, local organisations and networks to develop and implement well-being initiatives. The role is to understand needs of different ethnic communities and enhance awareness and access to services.


Melissa Elston Executive DirectorWEB250ADEC is very pleased to announce that Melissa Elston has been appointed Executive Director, effective from the 16th of January 2017, Dr Sophie Holmes, Chair of ADEC’s Board, said today.