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Non-Executive Director

12th March 2020

The ACT Disability, Aged and Carer Advocacy Service (ADACAS) Board is seeking additional Board members who are passionate about the human rights of people with disability, older persons, and their carers. Board members will have recognized leadership in business, government, philanthropy or the not-for-profit sector. People with disability are strongly encouraged to apply.

ADACAS was established in 1991, and provides independent and free advocacy for people with disability, people with mental health conditions, older people, and carers.

The objectives of ADACAS are to:

  • ensure the voices of disenfranchised and vulnerable people are heard
  • promote, uphold and defend human rights
  • empower people to achieve a life that has value to them
  • advocate for community and systemic change that improves the wellbeing of people with disabilities, people who are older and people who are caregivers

The Board supports the work of ADACAS and provides mission-based leadership and strategic governance. While day-to-day operations are led by ADACAS’ CEO, the Board-CEO relationship is a partnership, and the appropriate involvement of the Board is both critical and expected.

ADACAS strongly encourages applications from candidates with disability or lived experience of disability. We are interested in candidates with extensive governance experience as well as people interested in developing their director skills and experience.

We seek applications from people with a strong commitment to supporting the rights of people with disability, carers and older people who will contribute to the effective governance of ADACAS.

We also encourage people with relevant knowledge and experience in disability, aged care and carer policy, service delivery and advocacy.

The Board is looking for candidates with knowledge, skills and experience in some or all of the following:

  • Governance knowledge and understanding
  • Strategic planning and implementation
  • Compliance and accountability
  • Financial and risk management
  • Monitoring and reporting on service impact
  • Ability to work effectively and collaboratively as part of a team, with enthusiasm and integrity
  • Communication, marketing or public relations
  • Technology and systems

Candidates must have a willingness to devote time and energy to the role and to their director development. The role requires attendance at board meetings and serving on Board committees, as required. Board members will also on occasion be invited to attend significant events.

In addition, candidates must be independent, and not be directly or indirectly employed by, or involved in the management of, organisations that fund or provide direct support for ADACAS clients.

Term - 3 years commencing at date of appointed by the Board.

Service on ADACAS’ Board of Directors is without remuneration, except for reimbursement of direct administrative support, travel, and accommodation costs in relation to Board Members’ duties.

Applications, including a two-page letter of claims and a current CV, can be forwarded via email to the CEO, Michael Bleasdale, at

Further information can be obtained through the CEO on (02) 6242 5060.

Closing Date: Applications will be considered as they are received, however our recruiting process will be open up until the 30th June 2020.

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Adacas provides help and support to people with disabilities, the elderly and their carers.

Advocacy is about helping a person to be heard in the decisions that affect their life. Advocacy aims to increase a person’s control over goods, services and quality of life

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