Gearing Up for Choice and Control Expo's, Showcasing Careers in the Disability Sector

A free presentation provided at the Gearing Up Expo.  The Expo is for people with disability, their families, carers and for those considering working in the sector.

With NDIS working towards full implementation we know that in Tasmania there will be a need for approximately 2,500 more people to work in the Disability Sector. If you are interested in working in the disability sector come along and hear stories from those who work in the sector. Listen to their personal career journeys - their varied backgrounds and what brought them finally to a job that they absolutely love.

The sessions will be chaired by National Disability Services. Presenters include Ivan Neville from the Department of Employment. Ivan is based in Canberra and is an experienced presenter of labour market trends. He will be joined by regional Disability Sector Workplace Ambassadors who work directly with people with disability.

Hobart 2nd of Sept. Princes Wharf

11.15 am – 11.45 am

 3.00 pm - 3.30 pm

Launceston 9th of Sept. Tailrace

11.45 am – 12.15 pm

3.00 pm – 3.30 pm

Burnie 16th of Sept. Arts & Function Centre

11.15 am – 11.45 am

3.00 pm – 3.30 pm

StGiles – How do we change but stay the same? Find Out at Gearing Up

During the past three years StGiles has changed to fit with the gradual implementation of the National Disability Insurance Scheme by 2019.

"No, we don’t have a crystal ball. Instead, we have relied on our 77 years of disability history and experience to help forecast how we believe StGiles must change to take people living with disability forward with confidence." Says Danielle Blewett The General Manager Profile and Engagement.

 StGiles is a major sponsor of Gearing Up Expo in Launceston (Tailrace) September 9; Burnie, September 16 (Burnie Arts and Function Centre); Hobart (Princes Wharf 1) September 2.

StGiles Director Service Delivery and Development Mark Deverell is guiding the largest component of our 300-strong workforce through the transition.our 300-strong workforce through the transition.

 His team will be among those from StGiles available to answer questions about how they work and look within the NDIS at Gearing Up.

StGiles teams will be available to explain the services they provide now and who can use them as well as StGiles new services such as Therapy Plus, Seating Equipment Modifications Assessment Team (SEMAT) and their Participate Assistive Technology teams.

They will also be available to talk about recruitment and employment opportunities at StGiles.

StGiles trusted physiotherapy, occupational therapy and speech pathology teams will also be represented at Gearing Up at all three venues during early September.



Expo promoting employment opportunities

This year the Gearing Up Expos are taking the opportunity to promote employment opportunities in the sector. It is predicted that we will need over 2500 more people to fill the range of positions that will be created through the transition to full scheme of the National Disability Insurance Scheme. We are working with our sponsors to identify Workforce Ambassadors who will tell their stories through a Q & A session at each expo. University of Tasmania and TasTAFE will also be there to provide advice on education opportunities.


One of our Platinum sponsor Optia has a new name, Possability. The new name represents their focus on individuals’ strengths and abilities, making goals possible and celebrating personal achievements.

Possability says the new name and branding is another key step in the organisation’s readiness for the new competitive environment.

Services are needing to learn to market themselves in a competitive environment  and this is where the Gearing Up Expo is providing services such as Possability with a fantastic opportunity to promote the services and supports they provide for people with disability.  

Check out their video 

Find out why Optia changed its name to Possability.

New Silver Sponsorships Announced for Gearing Up Southern Tasmania

We are pleased to announce Community Based Support (CBS) have just signed up as one of the silver sponsors for the Gearing Up Expo in the south. CBS provides in-home, centre-based and community based support services.


Veranto's vision is to be the fist choice for people people seeking personalised support. They are excited to be  a silver sponsor of this years expo in Hobart.

Two silver sponsors announced for the Gearing Up Expos

Nexus inc logo

Nexus has come on board as a silver sponsor for the Hobart Expo. Nexus Inc is a community based organisation that  provides support and assistance to people with intellectual and physical disabilities, to live a safe, satisfying, enjoyable and stimulating life. Nexus Inc is responsible for nine shared homes which are located in the Hobart, Kingborough, Clarence and Glenorchy municipalities. Thanks Nexus Inc for your support 

We are pleased to welcome on board our silver sponsorship partner Self Help Workplace. They  will be supporting our Northern Tasmanian Expo. 
Self Help Workshop is an Australian Disability Enterprise which currently employis more than 50 people.  Making them the largest employer of people with a disability in the greater Launceston area. All their employees enjoy the benefits of real employment through the provision of a steady work environment including wages, superannuation and leave entitlements.
Thanks Self Help for supporting the Northern Tasmanian Gearing Up Expo. 

Meet our Ambassadors

Duncan cracked log image courtesy Jan Dallas

Duncan Meerding

  • A furniture and Lighting Designer/Maker who has won national and international awards. He supplies to a number of retailers and has exhibited across the country.
  • Duncan is planning to go on an adventure with a number of other people with disabilities - riding bikes from the lowest point (Lake Eyre) to the highest point (Mt Kosiosko) in Australia.
  • He is currently undertaking Masters in Social Work.
Justin Nilon

Justin Nilon

  • A leg-spinner from the South Launceston Cricket Club, Justin has recently been selected in the Australian squad for Cricketers with an Intellectual Disability.
  • He will be competing in a tri National competition in Melbourne this month.
  • He has also represented the State at the AFL Inclusion Carnival 2014, Futsal Nationals 2015, Special Olympics Cricket in Adelaide 2015.

Judy Huett

  • Judy has a long-standing commitment to promoting the human rights of people with intellectual disability at a local, national and international level
  • In 2013 she presented to the United Nations Committee on the rights of Persons with disabilities (UN CRPD)
  • She was awarded the Individual Award for Human Rights in 2012


A successful soiree to Launch  the 2015 Gearing Up For Choice and Control Expo prospectus and announcement of our Ambassadors.  Over 50 people attended from a range of organisations and agencies.  It was a great start to the countdown to September....