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. 


Coordinator -Country Services

Please be advised that we are currently recruiting a Coordinator (Country Services) to work across Pt. Pirie and Pt. Augusta services assisting and reporting directly to Elly Macintosh.

This position has been advertised on

 If you are interested to apply, please advise me promptly of your intent and submit your application (resume and covering letter with 2 x referees) via the SEEK link.

Applications for this position must be submitted as soon as possible as closing date is 4 August 2014.

Click here for a copy of the position description.

Manual Handling Officer/Occupational Therapist

Cara is Growing

Cara is a leading client focused Not For Profit agency providing accommodation and respite services to South Australians with severe and multiple disabilities and their families.

In response to substantial current and future growth Cara seeks to recruit a key professional to support our operational requirements and ensure we continue to meet our client needs.

A position (full-time negotiable to part-time 0.6 with flexible working hours) exists for a qualified Occupational therapist to join our team of OT professionals within Cara.

Reporting to the Manual Handling Coordinator you will work autonomously, in developing and leading structured manual handling programs for both clients and staff.

You will also have exceptional clinical reasoning and assessment skills and enjoy the challenges of problem solving and working with people with physical and multiple disabilities who may have chronic conditions and complex care needs.

Current registration with AHPRA is essential.

Salary will be aligned to the Health Professional and Support Services Award 2010 commensurate with qualifications and experience and exceptional PBI salary packaging benefits is offered.

For enquiries please contact Glenda Noble on 8347 4588.

Please forward a covering letter and resume addressing the selection criteria outlined in the position description via the Seek website

Click here for a copy of the position description.

Community Support Workers

Cara is seeking qualified and motivated Community Support Workers to support individuals living with disability to achieve quality lifestyle outcomes in their homes and the community.

Ideally you will have:

  • Proven experience working with people with a disability
  • The ability to work flexible hours including split shifts 6.30-9.30am, 3-10pm, sleepovers and weekends
  • Outstanding communication skills
  • A positive energetic approach towards your work.

Cara offers staff development and ongoing training in a supportive working environment with excellent Salary Packaging options. People with the right attitude and experience will be able to obtain their Certificate 3 in Disability  while working as part of a committed team.

Successful applicants will be required to have:

  • A Provide First Aid Certificate
  • A satisfactory DCSI Police Check Child Related, issued within the last 12 months
  • A current Class C South Australian Driver’s licence
  • A Certificate 3 in Disability or equivalent
  • The ability to pass a medical assessment that deems fitness for work.

Our preference is that you have the above pre-requisites however applicants with the right attitude and experience will be able to obtain their Certificate 3 in Disability while working as part of a committed team.

For further information, please contact our recruitment team via email, at

Accommodation Service Team Leader, Magill

Cara seeks a hands-on Team Leader who is able to work using a person centred approach, and has strong leadership and people management skills.

The successful applicant will lead a team in supporting people with a disability to holistically meet their needs, enhance their community participation and quality of life.

Key requirements include:

  • Certificate IV Community Services (Disability), or equivalent (essential)
  • Supervision/ Management training (desirable).

Base salary is $43,492- $45,705 p.a. plus relevant shift penalties and exceptional PBI salary packaging benefits.

Empower and assist people with a disability to have a voice, make their own decisions and take control of their life's journey.

Please apply via the Seek website.

Click here for a copy of the Position Description

Please contact Moira Skewes, Accommodation Services Manager on 8347 4588 for enquiries.

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.

Leave entitlements

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.

Salary packaging

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.

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Cost of services

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