Please note that from 1 July 2014 anyone working in the government provided disability
services sector or an organisation funded under the Disability Services Act 1993 is required to have completed a relevant criminal history assessment through the
DCSI (Department for Communities and Social Inclusion) , for the purposes of assessing whether a person poses a risk of harm to people with disability. The assessment can be no longer than 3 years ago.
As a result, all persons applying for work with Cara must hold a current
DCSI Child Related Employing Screening clearance before they can commence work with Cara.
If you do not have this clearance it is strongly suggested that you complete
and lodge a Child Related Employment Screening Application Form as soon as possible and take it to your nearest Australia Post outlet. You will need to pay the required processing fee. Alternatively you can submit the form and payment at Cara’s Head Office
Reception. The DCSI Screening Unit will take a minimum of four weeks to undertake your assessment and provide you with a clearance (posted to your home/nominated personal postal address).
For a copy of the form please refer to
Gaining clearance does not mean that you will be successful in gaining employment
with Cara; it does not guarantee your overall suitability for the job, but it means that you are work ready should you be accepted for a position at Cara or elsewhere. If you do gain employment with Cara and successfully complete your Probationary Period (ordinarily
six months from your commencement date) then Cara management may consider reimbursing you the processing fee.
Why work at Cara?
Cara is a great place to work where people are inspired to be the best they can be.
From choosing career goals to setting personal goals, all Cara employees have the resources, benefits and support to accommodate their lifestyle. Our goal is to continue to be an employer of choice, who is able to provide a number of tangible benefits.
The Cara spirit
At Cara, there is one thing that we all have in common: passion. From your first day with us, you will notice a culture where our employees are genuinely committed to living by our values.
You will enjoy an innovative environment, where support is always close at hand and great opportunities inspire us to grow. Our Strategic Plan shows that we are constantly developing learning opportunities and anticipating the skills and resources we will need to meet our future demands.
Cara’s success requires the vision, innovation and passion of all of our employees. We are proud of a place that embraces everyone’s unique abilities.
A career at Cara is a one of a kind experience. It’s more than working for a leading organisation in the disability field – it’s an opportunity to be a part of something that impacts the community. We offer you not only the chance to build a successful career, but also the opportunity to make a difference.
Our employees are our greatest assets. Bringing out the best in our employees takes a commitment to development. It’s what grows our organisation, but most importantly, it’s what’s essential to your career.
We provide on the job training to our employees across areas including manual handling, health support, individualised induction and support from a team of training professionals who can teach you more about communication, advocacy, positive behavioural support, and other learning opportunities. You will also have external and online training opportunities that are relevant to the service you are based at.
Staff also have study leave entitlements when undertaking relevant external opportunities. Some study options give employees better opportunities for internal promotion.
We emphasise the importance of work/life balance, understanding that being committed includes valuing our personal time and a much needed break every now and then.
Permanent staff rostered to work over seven days per week are entitled to five weeks annual leave with pay after twelve months of continuous service. Employees are also entitled to long service leave, personal leave, sick leave, carers leave, parental leave, compassionate leave, and community service leave.
Employee Assistance Program (EAP)
Cara understands the value of both the professional and personal wellbeing of our employees.
The EAP is a professional, confidential counselling service for staff, paid for by Cara. Providing short term, solution focused counselling, the service is also able to provide a referral to other professionals or agencies if longer term or more specific assistance is needed.
24 hour on call back up support
Cara places great importance on the safety of both individuals living with disability who are supported in our services, as well as the safety of employees. A 24 hour on call system exists for employees who require immediate support while working a shift.
Cara’s salary packaging enables employees to gain $16,050 tax free dollars per financial year. This equates to, on average, an increase in your take home pay of up to 14 per cent. You can use these savings in many unique ways!
How to apply
1. Go to Seek and search for Cara jobs.
2. Read the advertisement and view the video material provided (if any) to determine if this role is for you. Each Cara service is different, and it’s worth spending time to see if each role works for you.
3. Write a brief cover letter outlining your skills and experience relating to the responsibilities and competencies of the position description.
4. Attach your Curriculum Vitae with at least two recent professional referees who can provide details about your work performance.
Cara makes every effort to ensure quality recruitment practices based on merit are applied, so that employment opportunities are made available to people with the right skills and knowledge to competently perform a job. All applications are considered and Cara remains committed to employing the most suitable people to do the best job possible for the people we support that are living with disability.