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Hireup launches the Good Life Awards

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Hireup, Australia’s largest NDIS-registered platform for people with disabilities to find and hire support workers, today officially launched the Hireup Good Life Awards, an initiative to recognise and reward the important role support workers play in directly contributing to the pursuit of a good life for people with disabilities.

The Good Life Awards will showcase authentic stories of the support workers who make such a difference in the lives of the people they support, as well as the benefits of Hireup’s sector-leading employment model.

Hireup co-CEO Laura O’Reilly says, “We know that the life people with disability want is no more exceptional than that of anyone – it’s just a good life. And we know high quality support workers contribute so much to the quality of life of people with disability, which is why we’re so excited to be recognising some of the best in our community through the Good Life Awards.”

According to the NDIS Participant Outcomes report, 52 per cent of adults with disability on the NDIS are satisfied with their life. For the average Australian adult, this figure is 77 per cent.

“Access to high quality support workers is a critical ingredient for so many people with disability to be able to thrive and live a good life. The Good Life Awards will shine a light on our amazing support workers, doing the important work of providing that quality support each and every day, which in turn supports people with disability to achieve their goals and live the life of their choosing.”

“All of our disability support workers are casual or part-time employees,” explains Laura. “For us, supporting our workers with all the benefits that come with employment, such as comprehensive insurance, superannuation, paid training, penalty rates and casual loading, and taking care of the admin like tax and payroll is crucial. Being an employer (rather than contracting workers) means we follow employment relations laws designed to promote a safe and fair workplace.”

An important goal of the Good Life Awards is to shine a light on the rich and meaningful career pathways offered by the disability sector, at a time when labour shortages are posing challenges for many people with disability to be able to find the right supports for them. National Disability Services (NDS), the peak body for non-government disability service organisations, has reported the demand for support workers has grown across the country as more people seek individualised care. With that comes a growing concern that there are not enough support workers to keep up with the demand.

“We know there’s a shortfall of 120,000 support workers in the disability sector, and we need to start promoting disability support as a viable career option, as well as dispel some of the myths and misconceptions around disability support work.

“At Hireup, we want to challenge stereotypes around ‘typical’ disability support, such as that the work is only suitable for nurses or clinical health professionals, because that is just not the case. We want to attract the best and brightest support workers across Australia to join the sector, and to join Hireup. We’re proud of our incredibly diverse workforce, as well as the career and development opportunities we offer, and the Good Life Awards is one way we can showcase this positive career path.”

Hireup provides the community with the tools to find and choose seamless, safe and customised support as well as supporting its workers to offer high-quality and consistent care. Hireup has facilitated more than 80,000 connections between its community members across Australia. Its impact data indicates users experience a 7.4 per cent increase in quality of life in their first 24 months of using Hireup. Hireup’s focus on making an enduring impact on quality of life through their support workers is a clear contributor to this increase.

The Hireup Good Life Awards will award each state winner with a $1,000 prize in recognition of the contribution they have made to the lives of the people with disability they support. Hireup clients are encouraged to nominate their support worker for the awards, sharing how their connection has contributed to their good life. “We’re proud to celebrate the key role support workers play in supporting the quality of life of people with disability, recognising that ‘a good life’ means something different to everyone,” adds Laura.

Hireup Good Life Awards applications are now open and available to the Hireup client community across Australia.

Learn more about the awards, eligibility criteria and how to apply on the Good Life Awards page. Nominations are now open and will close1 September. The winner will be announced at the virtual Good Life Awards event on 27 October.


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