Wade at work with members of the Integral Diagnostics team.

Becoming an integral part of the team – Wade’s story.

Posted December 1, 2021

Wade loved his job as an Administration Assistant with the Procurement Team at Deakin University where he had worked from 2017. But when COVID hit in April 2020, Wade, like so many others, was made redundant. With the dedicated assistance of Disability Employment Consultant, Ebony, Wade set about gaining new employment with enthusiasm. He had…

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Imagined worlds creating better realities for isolated young adults

Posted November 22, 2021

The world can often seem unfriendly, confusing, and even frightening for people living with mental health issues and autism. So when Paris Conte witnessed how the power of roleplay could help people gain confidence and develop interpersonal skills, he knew he had discovered something transformative. These new skills developed through gaming are now helping young…

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Everyone needs their own Blakey!

Posted November 16, 2021

One of the unsung heroes of Melbourne City FC, Blake Henderson has been with the Club since day one and is one of the most important people within the City family. ‘Blakey’ – as he’s affectionately known to the Club’s players, coaches and staff – is one of the most passionate City people you’re ever…

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Sydney soccer match supports new Afghan refugees

Posted November 12, 2021

Yesterday marked a welcome collaboration with Massoud Foundation Australia, as we delivered a free soccer tournament for Afghan refugees who recently fled to Australia for a safer life. More than 100 people attended the event at Francesco Crescent Reserve in Bella Vista to welcome the new refugees who had escaped their home country in desperate…

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Hotel Etico – where holidays change lives

Posted November 8, 2021

Imagine a hotel knocking down barriers and shifting perceptions of people with disability. That’s Hotel Etico, Australia’s first social enterprise hotel creating pathways to open employment for young people with intellectual disabilities. Located in the iconic Blue Mountains, this is a hotel with heart, where visitors give-back just by checking-in. It’s also a place where…

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Career transition program helps Chris secure new job.

Posted November 4, 2021

Patience, resilience and hard-work, coupled with the right support, helped Chris secure a full-time job in a school book warehouse. The 63 year Cabramatta job seeker had a lengthy employment history as an Accounts Officer, including nearly 20 years of owning a Newsagents before coming to MatchWorks. “When I first met Chris, he was on…

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“Because of this job, I returned to the same person I was; strong and dancing.”

Posted October 29, 2021

Atoor knows first-hand the challenges of rebuilding a life in a new country. She was forced to flee her home country in 2009 when her life was threatened. Now the Iraqi refugee has landed her dream job helping other refugees find peace and stability in their community.    Born and raised in Baghdad, Atoor worked…

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New podcast to smash misconceptions around employing people with barriers

Posted October 28, 2021

Today, MatchWorks is delighted to launch Breaking Barriers, a new podcast exploring remarkable stories about why work matters, and how it’s changing the lives of some incredible people. In this series, broadcast journalist, Natalie Jones discovers: • A GAMER using imagined worlds to create better realities. • Two mad-keen sports fans who found their dream…

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Melbourne metro offices to re-open for employment support

Posted October 27, 2021

Now that restrictions have eased across metropolitan Melbourne, all sites across the state can deliver face-to-face employment services with restricted access from Monday 1 November. Our employment teams will be able to assist clients with training and tailored employment support in person upon request, or if face-to-face servicing is compulsory. Remote servicing will also be…

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“Having a disability hasn’t stopped me.” Sonja’s story.

Posted October 22, 2021

Vision impairment hasn’t hindered Sonja’s efforts to find a rewarding career. The Adelaide job seeker who is blind in both eyes started looking for work in April this year. With years of administration experience and seven years as a non-paid Carer, it wasn’t long before a local NDIS provider recognised Sonja’s skills and lived-experience. “Bissycare…

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