Encouraging the next generation into our industry


We were delighted to welcome a group of senior school students to our Melbourne office earlier this month as part of the Youth Experiential Learning Pathways (YELP) program, called ExperienceMe.

ExperienceMe has been developed by Simon Davidson of Employers Mutual to give students, particularly those from disadvantaged backgrounds, an insight into the employment opportunities and potential career pathways within the personal injury sector. As noted by Simon, many people who work within the Personal Injury sector ‘fell into’ the industry. The ExperienceMe program aims to promote the sector as a promising and interesting career pathway from much earlier on, at the outset of a student’s career path.

Over the course of the day, the students spent time with a group of Melbourne workplace rehabilitation consultants. Learning what a typical day may entail, the students observed assessments and role plays, learnt some of the key principles of injury prevention and were informed about qualifications that are highly sought in the industry.

We look forward to the potential of meeting these students again one day as they become the next generation of IPARians!


5 IPAR Finalists at the ARPA Victoria Awards 2016

We are delighted that 5 members of IPAR’s Victorian team have been named as finalists at the 2016 ARPA Victoria, in conjunction with TAC, Excellence in Rehabilitation Awards.

Congratulations to the following, who have been nominated by their peers and selected by the ARPA judging panel as a category finalist:

Ben Lingard – Best New Starter OES

Emily Richards – Best New Starter NES

Aaron Bowes – Outstanding RTW Achievement Award (Physical claim)

Annalise Avitabile – Outstanding RTW Achievement Award (Psychological claim)

Elke Gjergja – Exceptional Leadership

The awards night will be held on September 9th. We wish all our finalists the best of luck!

ADF Career Transition and Assistance Scheme (CTAS)

IPAR has been successfully appointed to the panel to provide Career Transition and Assistance Scheme (CTAS) services for the Australian Defence Force.

IPAR’s extensive experience in assisting individuals who are seeking new employment was key to our appointment. Over the past year alone, IPAR has assisted over 2,000 individuals in the job seeking process, including those working in military and paramilitary organisations and the Australian Public Service. Another factor was our extensive, national office network, which means that the vast majority of CTAS services from IPAR will be delivered face-to-face, in an established IPAR office.

In anticipation of the panel commencement, IPAR has been working closely with the ADF to ensure the right internal processes are in place to deliver a client-centred and quality service for ADF members, enabling us to identify their needs and assist them in the transition to the next chapter of their career and lives. IPAR consultants have participated in training so they understand the ‘ADF way’ and the unique challenges faced by members as they move through the transition from military to non-military life. We have also designated ADF CTAS Account Managers and Subject Matters Experts across Australia, so each ADF member can be assured that our consultants are trained and supported by either an ex ADF member (who is employed by IPAR) or a staff member who has extensive experience working with military personnel.

IPAR understands that some members require assistance in multiple areas, therefore our services are tailored and unique to each individual. Services can include developing a career transition plan, job search assistance and advice, CV preparation, interview upskilling and practise, and learning how to translate their skills and qualifications to the civilian world.

For further information on CTAS services from IPAR, please refer to ADF Career Transition Services or email adftransition@ipar.com.au.


Expansion underway in WA

We are excited to announce our first expansion into regional Western Australia, with the imminent opening of our Albany office.

Responding to the needs of our customers, the Albany office will supply much needed local injury prevention and workplace rehabilitation services. We are especially delighted that Katika Adams, Senior Consultant from our Perth office, will be leading our expansion into the area after taking up the position of Branch Manager.

An Accredited Exercise Physiologist, who has previously worked in Albany and already has a solid local knowledge, Katika is experienced in physical and psychological return to work services and has achieved great results working on Comcare files, Workcover WA files and life insurance cases.

Services provided from Albany will include:

  • Return to Work services
    same employer and different employer, physical and psychological
  • Injury prevention services
    including our Strong4Life™ workforce training programs for manual handling,
    office ergonomics and psychological health
  • Ergonomic assessments and functional capacity evaluations
  • Pre-employment assessments and Jobfit exercise programs

To find out more about IPAR Albany, please contact Katika Adams at kadams@ipar.com.au

Secondment Opportunities at IPAR

One of the biggest advantages of IPAR’s national footprint is the career opportunities that it provides to our team members. Danny Lucas, from our Melbourne New Employer Services team, has taken up such an opportunity, seconding to our Darwin office for a 6 month stint, which has now extended to 12 months.

“As soon as the recruitment team posted the secondment I thought ‘that’s for me’ and started day dreaming about the top end. I’d never been to Darwin before and had heard so much about it, I had to experience it for myself. Here was the perfect opportunity.”

Danny made a smooth transition from the large Melbourne team to the smaller Darwin one, where he is a new employer consultant in the branch.

“I’ve enjoyed being more hands-on across the board – developing my skills in NT legislation, sourcing host employment opportunities for my clients, and building the IPAR brand through business development with our customers.”

Danny selected his temporary apartment based on the views and facilities. Conveniently, the IPAR office relocated into the very same building shortly after, so it’s now a less-than-1-minute commute to work.

Other highlights for Danny have been experiencing Kakadu and Arnhem Land for the first time by air and then by river cruise, seeing the Darwin markets and the variety on offer, and learning more about Aboriginal awareness, culture and history.

“Seeing the top end is something everyone should do, it really takes your breath away how vast Australia is. I would recommend a secondment to everyone, the experiences and skills give a new perspective and such a boost on every level, both work wise and personally. And with the ability to return home on a regular basis it means I don’t get too home sick. Really you just need a supportive partner, a good phone plan, and get used to spending a bit of time in airports.”

IPAR DES – 5 Star Rating again

IPAR has been awarded a 5 Star Rating (the highest possible) for Disability Employment Services across both of our sites in the North Brisbane ESA for the March 2016 ratings, released publicly on Friday 13th May. Click here to review the results.

The Star Ratings system measures the relative success of providers in achieving outcomes for job seekers and is released every quarter. To achieve a 5 star result, providers have to be performing at a minimum of 40% above the national average. Impressively, IPAR’s 5 Star Ratings have been maintained since our first 5 star result in January, which was achieved just prior to the first anniversary of our entrance into the disability employment sector. It is a result of the dedication and hard work of our DES team, and their commitment to our ‘5 Star Focus from Day One’ approach. Most importantly it means we have made a difference to many people’s lives by helping them to benefit from employment.

IPAR Geelong Breakfast Forum

Employers and agents in the Geelong area joined IPAR staff for an informative breakfast forum on Tuesday 19th April.

Over a hearty breakfast, our guests listened to a presentation from Dorothy Frost – Manager, Research and Innovation, IPAR. The topic, ‘the impact of compensation schemes on health and returning to work’, provided a critical look at the difference in behaviour, function, recovery and RTW timeframes of compensable vs non-compensable injuries.

For a copy of the presentation, or to register your interest for our next forum, please email kresnik@ipar.com.au.

5 Star Rating for IPAR DES

IPAR has been awarded a 5 Star Rating (the highest possible) for Disability Employment Services for its contract in North Brisbane in the December 2015 ratings, released Friday 19th February.

The Star Ratings system measures the relative success of providers in achieving outcomes for job seekers, and is released every quarter. Impressively, IPAR’s 5 Star Rating has been achieved just prior to the first anniversary of our entrance into the disability employment sector. It is a result of the dedication and hard work of our DES team, and their commitment to our ‘5 Star Focus from Day One’ approach. Most importantly it means we have made a difference to many people’s lives by helping them to benefit from employment.

IPAR’s 5 Star Rating result follows a perfect score from an audit performed against the National Standards for Disability Services for DES, conducted in late January. The audit was performed against six standards, with a total of 40 sub standards falling within these. Our perfect score represents the highest conformity rating against all the reviewed standards.

Most pleasing was the positive feedback received from the auditors, including:

“Job seeker perceptions were very positive. Job seekers provided feedback on opportunities for individual choices in pre-employment and employment decisions. They also gave feedback on appropriateness and flexibility of opportunities for inputs into decision making processes.” 

“Observations of interactions between staff and clients revealed a strong organisational commitment to dignity and respect toward the people it support.”

“There is clear evidence that IPAR provides services on basis of need and capacity. This can be clearly demonstrated with excellent calibre of Staff employed. Core values stated in client literature identify a commitment to inclusion.”

Congratulations to our dedicated DES team on these outstanding results. We look forward to more great outcomes, especially with the recent opening of another IPAR DES office in the Brisbane suburb of Chermside.

For further information regarding IPAR DES, please email DES@ipar.com.au

New Year, New Career Opportunities

Thinking of a new career opportunity in 2016? Think IPAR!

Due to our ongoing growth, we have a number of exiting career opportunities right across the country, from Shepparton to Darwin, Central Coast to Canberra, Penrith to Brisbane. The roles are also just as varied. We’re looking for Vocational Specialists, Job Placement Specialists, Team Leaders, and Psychologists (just to name a few!)

Check out all our current vacancies and if you would like to talk about your next career move, drop a line to our friendly recruitment team at careers@ipar.com.au. You can also read up about the fantastic employee benefits that the team at IPAR enjoys.


IPAR on show at NABility Day

On 3rd December, IPAR held a stall at NAB’s international day of disability in Melbourne. Titled ‘Nability’, the aim of the day was to celebrate employee engagement and to raise awareness of the support units available at NAB. It was also an opportunity for service providers such as IPAR to showcase the work undertaken with NAB employees to improve accessibility and empowerment for people of all abilities.

We presented our skills and experience in ergonomic assessments and training, reasonable adjustment assessments, and the work we are undertaking in the area of psychological awareness training.

There was a lot of interest shown by staff on the day. We look forward to partnering with our customers on innovative initiatives such as these in the future.