Work with us

At OC Connections we’re always on the lookout for dedicated people who share our goal in supporting people with disabilities to live life their way.  We offer a diversity of roles, backed with comprehensive skills training and education.

what IS it like to work at oc connections?

At OC Connections, we believe that everyone deserves to live a fulfilled and meaningful life, where they have choice, are valued and respected and are supported to participate in society. With strong connections into our local
communities, and our growing specialised workforce and dedicated teams, we create opportunities for OCC participants to engage with the world in the way that suits them, and provide the support that helps makes this happen.

Do you want a career where you can:

  • Make a difference
  • Support people to achieve their goals
  • Improve someone’s quality of life
  • Have a positive impact on society
  • Work flexible hours that suit your lifestyle
  • Work with a team of friendly and supportive people who share your values.

JOBS AVAILABLE

OC Connections is committed to providing quality services to its participants and their families. 

As part of our trained and specialised team you will have access to best practice professional development and the ongoing workplace support and feedback opportunities you need to enhance OCC participants’ quality of life and wellbeing, and build a fulfilling and inspiring career.

current vacancies

NDIS Worker Screening Check

As of 1 February 2021, NDIS has introduced a new national NDIS Workers Screening Check.  This check is in place for any staff that work in a “risk assessed” role with an NDIS Provider and is valid for five years.  It will replace the need for us to conduct Disability Workers Exclusion Scheme checks, police checks and Working with Children checks through different sources.  OC Connections staff and volunteers will be required to have both an NDIS clearance and a WWC clearance.

The NDIS Worker Screening may take anywhere from 3 – 12 weeks for clearance with this new system.

Staff employed on or after 1 February 2021 are required to get an NDIS Clearance before they can start work in a risk assessed role for a registered NDIS provider.

What does this mean for OCC recruitment?

As of 1 February, 2021 ALL new recruits will need to undergo the NDIS Worker Screening process, if they have not done so in their previous role.

Once an interview and reference checks have been conducted and the hiring manager has made the decision to proceed to pre-employment checks, our People, Learning and Culture (PLC) team will send an email to the candidate with information on completing pre-employment screening (as currently occurs) requesting the following:

  • Completion of NDIS Worker Screening application (including WWC check) – up to three-week timeframe
  • Provide/ apply for WWC
  • Complete all other current training online modules- NDIS, Child Safe, Infection Control

PLC will also contact the candidate via phone to advise of the process and ensure that they are happy to undergo the screening process, costs associated with the screening, and time frames for clearance.

Victoria has a ‘no clearance, no start’ approach and therefore employment cannot commence until all checks have come back as “cleared”.

You can find out more about the NDIS Worker Screening Check here

In partnership with registered training organisations we support staff to complete training for:

• Certificate IV in Disability
• Diploma of Disability
• Diploma of Community Services Case Management
• NDIS Worker Orientation module
• Working with children training
• First Aid
• Manual Handling
• Medication Administration
• Infection Control
• Catheter Care Management
• Gastrostomy Support – Peg feeding Management

  • Staff and Volunteer Recognition

    Understanding that one of our organisation’s greatest assets is its staff and volunteers, each year OC Connections acknowledges years of service milestones at our AGM.

  • Further Education & Training

    Opportunity for further education and training is also offered to staff members (or a team) through our Alastair McDonald Bursary, donated by the organisation’s patron and longest-serving member, Alastair McDonald.

Staff stories

We are proud of the people who work with OC Connections in supporting participants achieve outcomes that bring real purpose and enjoyment to their life. We congratulate our staff for all their hard work, enthusiasm and commitment.

Jiyoung An

Meet Jiyoung, a disability support worker in the OC Connections’ Day Support Team. Jiyoung came to Australia in 2019 with her young daughter at the beginning of the pandemic. With little English, she embarked on a journey to find a suitable career that would accommodate her desire to help others, allow her to learn and […]

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Alex

Facilities Manager As the the Facilities Manager at OC Connections, Alex oversees the repairs/maintenance to all OC Connections’ facilities. He has also managed onsite rosters and capacity requirements, plus purchasing of PPE during the pandemic. There is never a dull moment in this role, and Alex has been kept on his toes from the moment […]

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Anthea

Senior Support Coordinator We welcome Anthea in her role as Senior Support Coordinator, whereby she will be overseeing the Support Coordination team at OC Connections, driving consistency in service delivery, identifying process improvements and responding to the needs of our support coordination participants and families. Anthea has an 11-year history of working in the disability […]

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Katrina

Team Supervisor, Katrina, has recently celebrated 15 years of service with OC Connections Enterprises (OCCE). Katrina started her journey with OCCE as a supervisor in the packing area.  Katrina was part of a team that prepared work for 32 supported employees and assisted them in the packing process. This included quality checking to ensure their […]

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Karen

OC Connections Disability Support Worker, Karen Palmer recently celebrated 20 years at OC Connections and was recognised for her service at the 71st Annual General Meeting. Karen’s experience has enabled her to form meaningful relationships with many of the people she supports. She is experienced in working with challenging behaviours and coaches many of her peers in […]

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Anne

Anne is our Manager, Quality and Risk and is responsible for the day to day coordination and management of maintaining a COVIDSafe environment at OC Connections, working closely with our teams to ensure infection control procedures are followed, positive cases are reported and recorded, and staff are continually kept up to date with the latest […]

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Lauren

Lauren has worked in the disability sector for 7 years, with roles including disability support, client relationship management and now, support coordination. Her experience and knowledge of the sector will benefit people with disability to navigate the NDIS and their plans. My goal is to empower participants to achieve the life they want by accessing […]

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Athena

Learning & assessment manager, OCC Enterprises Athena has worked at OCC Enterprises since 1997 in various roles within the organisation, including OC connections – my days & OC connections – my home.  At OCC Enterprises, Athena has used her bachelor of applied science in intellectual disability studies qualifications in her roles as production supervisor and […]

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Greg Whitters

Operations Manager Greg has worked for OCC Enterprises since March 2008 as the Operations Manager. His background has been in manufacturing with over 25 years’ experience in the automotive and packaging industries. Greg holds diplomas in both Business & Management and specialises in Lean Manufacturing. His main focus is to provide a sustainable business enterprise […]

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Business development manager Carla

Carla Phillips

Carla has 10+ years’ experience in business development and partnership management across the not-for-profit, public and private sectors.  Carla is passionate about organisations being purpose driven and having a positive impact on people and the planet. Prior to joining the OCCE team Carla worked at Zoos Victoria which is the not-for-profit organisation which operates Melbourne […]

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Jules

Administration Team Jules joined the OC Connections (OCC) Administration Team in 2016 and as the first port of call at OCC she welcomes visitors to OC Connections and juggles incoming calls and general enquiries. Jules is also responsible for day to day management of the OC fleet of vehicles, building maintenance, bookings for the Tootgarook […]

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Kai

Manager, Independence As Manager, Independence, Kai oversees the operations of our day support program. Kai joined OC Connections in 2014 and has worked as a Disabilty Educator and Team Leader throughout his time at OC Connections. Qualifications: Certificate IV in Disability, Division II Nursing Certificate, Diploma in Disability What did you do before working in […]

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Japhet

Disability Support Worker Japhet commenced work with OC Connections as a Disability Support Worker within three months of arriving in Australia from Kenya in June 2017. He enjoys being an advocate for our participants in supported accommodation as well as writing and studying part-time. Qualifications: Bachelor of Arts (Human Resource Management), Diploma of Social Work […]

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Roisin

Disability Support Worker – Day Supports Roisin (pictured right with Peter and Jack) joined OC Connections in 2018 afer moving to Australia from Edinburgh. Having previously worked in a Transition Service supporting adults aged 18-24 with disability in Edinburgh for two years she was happy to find work in the same field in Melbourne. As […]

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