Experience something different – take some time in the Top End!

Danny Lucas from IPAR’s Melbourne office has enjoyed a secondment to our Darwin office over the past year. As his time in the north comes to a close, we are offering another adventurous individual the chance to enjoy some time in the great NT via a 12 month secondment, or for those more daring, a permanent move. The role itself is Vocational Rehabilitation Consultant. But, as Danny himself tells us, there is so much more on offer.

“From the moment I arrived in Darwin, the team took me in and we’ve shared many memorable moments both professionally and personally.”

“Over the past year we have increased referrals from our customers and built the IPAR brand in Darwin. Much of this is due to the strong relationships that we have with customers, companies and community groups. And the word of mouth really pays off up here – I’m proud to say that we are becoming the provider of choice.”

“From my own professional standpoint, it’s been such a positive experience. I’ve been working autonomously in new employer services, developing my canvassing and marketing skills and sourcing employment for my clients whether in host or paid employment. It’s resulted in some excellent, durable outcomes for my clients, and another major highlight, which was winning the ‘best outcome award’ at IPAR’s Star Awards for the WA/SA/NT region.”

“From a lifestyle perspective, a major benefit has been my choice of accommodation. The complex where I’m living is located in the same building as the office, so my commute is a snappy 1 minute. It’s set up like a resort, with a fantastic swimming pool, gymnasium and barbeque area. I’ve been hitting the gym over the past year and have learnt to cook with the amazing range of ingredients on offer from the Darwin outdoor markets.”

“The secondment has easily put years on me and has given me a new energy in my life both physically and psychologically.”

For those considering a move, we bring you Danny’s low-down on how to live the high life in the top end with Danny’s Making the Move 101:

1. Don’t think, just do! “If you’ve always wanted to travel, but never find the time, then here’s your chance. Just do it!”

2. Time flies when you’re having fun. “Sure, at first 12 months seems like a long time, but it goes by in a flash.”

3. Home town support. “Yes, it’s hard to leave family and friends, but it’s not forever. A good phone plan and Skype are great for keeping in touch and getting the support you need from home.”

4. When in Darwin, do as the Darwinians do! “Immerse yourself in the local culture. I’m a regular at the Darwin night markets, I’ve learnt to cook with local ingredients and I’ve taken the opportunity to travel within the NT. I’ll be leaving Darwin with many wonderful, new experiences.”

If you are interested in some time in the top end, please contact Katie McMaster via kmcmaster@ipar.com.au. A relocation assistance package is available to assist your move.

IPAR Acquires Victorian DES Provider Working Arrangements

wateamIPAR is delighted to announce the acquisition of highly respected Victorian Disability Employment Services (DES) provider Working Arrangements.

Working Arrangements has been providing staffing solutions for more than 20 years across the south eastern suburbs of Melbourne, offering temporary, contract and permanent recruitment services to a wide range of industries.

The team’s DES program aims to work with employers, organisations and allied professionals to increase employment opportunities for people who are not in work due to ill health, disability or disadvantage. These services are delivered from their head office in Dandenong, with outreach services in Blackburn, Moorabbin and Prahran.

Brian Rohde, Managing Director of Working Arrangements, is exciting about the new opportunities that will present as Working Arrangements becomes part of the IPAR team.

“We are very excited to be joining IPAR. The extra resources and support that are on offer will enable us to help even more people to get work and becoming part of a larger organisation means more professional development and career opportunities for our people.”

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Working Arrangements can be contacted at:

1/85 Foster Street
Dandenong VIC 3175
Phone: 03 9792 9957

Successful Panel Appointment – Occupational Rehabilitation and Associated Medical Services (ORAMS)

IPAR is delighted to announce that we have been appointed to the Occupational Rehabilitation and Associated Medical Services (ORAMS) panel which commenced on 1 November 2016.

The appointment will see IPAR delivering early intervention and rehabilitation services across 24 regions to a number of government agencies, including:

• The Australian Taxation Office
• Commonwealth Department of Human Services
• Department of Defence
• Department of Border Control and Immigration
• Directorate of Public Prosecutions
• Department of Social Services
• Department of Environment and Energy
• Department of Veterans Affairs

Key to our successful appointment was our strong complement of Comcare accredited staff, our significant experience in partnering with government agencies for consistent services and superior return to work outcomes, and our extensive and complementary geographic footprint.

The appointment will provide even further opportunity to streamline our service offering and boost our Comcare growth plans, and will present new and exciting career development opportunities for our teams.

To find out more, please contact Alana Levin, National Account Manager on 03 8648 0960 or alevin@ipar.com.au.