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2 Aug 2022

Casual Independent Advocate for People with Intellectual Disabilities

The Personal Advocacy and Safeguarding Adults Trust  Anywhere, Christchurch, Wellington, Auckland, Bay of Plenty $25 - $30 /hr

Job Description


The Personal Advocacy and Safeguarding Adult Trust (PASAT) is a registered charitable trust that was established in 1967 to provide “parental care or oversight” of persons with an intellectual disability on the death of both of their parents.

The mission has three key elements: support, advocate, and encourage independence.

PASAT also offers a range of other Safeguarding Supports for Adults with care and support needs in New Zealand.


PASAT is now looking to build a team of casual Advocates across the country to respond to referrals for Short Term Advocacy, Independent Support for Decision Making, or Wellbeing Support Navigation. We are calling for expressions of interest nationwide, but have a particular recruitment focus in the Wellington, Auckland, Christchurch and Tauranga centres.

The work of the Advocate is completed in the homes of the people receiving supports, at other disability support agency sites, and remotely from the Advocate’s home. The role will draw heavily on your communication, networking, and collaboration skills. We are a paperless organisation, and where needed can provide staff with hardware tools such as a laptop and mobile phone to allow them to remotely access our systems for communication and reporting.

Some of your tasks would include:

  • Receiving and responding to referrals in a timely manner
  • Meeting with the person requiring support and their whanau
  • Discuss any difficulties or issues that they may need help with
  • Raise and work through those issues with others involved, including service providers, to find a positive solution
  • Support the person to self-advocate, or advocate with and on behalf of the person to ensure the best possible outcome
  • This position may involve work outside of normal business hours.


  • This role is offered as a casual employment position, though there is the potential for it to become permanent part time, or for the work to be framed as a contract for services.
  • The work will be on a per referral basis, and therefore there is likely to be a degree of variability and fluctuation. It is anticipated that the role will require an average of 5 – 10 hours per week.  This lends the position to pairing well with other employment or life commitments. These hours are flexible and the successful candidate would manage their own work schedule.
  • Remuneration is paid at an hourly rate, with a pay band between $25 and $30 an hour, guided by the experience and skill set of the applicant.


A background in and understanding of:

  • Working with people with a learning disability, or who are neurodiverse or have a cognitive impairment
  • advocacy
  • Community or social work in a multi-disciplinary setting
  • Disability and the disability and healthy system

Legal work entitlement:

  • Applicants for this position must be vaccinated against Covid-19 and have valid New Zealand work status
  • Full Drivers License required and own transportation. From time to time additional travel for training may be required within New Zealand
  • The successful candidate would need to undergo a Police check

Can demonstrate an understanding and practical application of:

  • Te Tiriti o Waitangi
  • United Nations Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (UNCRPD), and international Human Rights framework
  • New Zealand Disability Strategy
  • Enabling Good Lives – Principles
  • PPPR Act and other legislation as they pertain to mental capacity


  • Demonstrates Person Centred practises
  • Developed personal and interpersonal skills and able to engage with a wide range of people and community agencies
  • Keen awareness of advocacy in the disability sector, and networking skills with other supporting organisations
  • Competent with use of communication technologies, electronic reporting, and is computer literate.
  • Communication – oral and written, including report writing
  • Able to work collaboratively, be self-directed and flexible
  • Excellent organisational and time management skill and the ability to work under pressure
  • Sound judgement and decision making
  • Is clear about professional and personal boundaries

If you are passionate to have impact, eliminate social injustice, keen to build strong relationships, and work part-time with people with disabilities – then we urge you to apply!

On appointment you will become part of an established team of Advocates, Safeguarding Coordinators and Wellbeing Navigators spread across New Zealand guided by our National Office. You must be able to work collaboratively and independently, to undertake training, and be highly organised, in what is both challenging and highly rewarding work.

Search tags: Supported Decision Making / Advocacy / Advocate / Social Work / Disability / Community / Flexible / Work from Home / Part Time / Casual / Contract / Support Work / Safeguarding /

Please contact Erika Butters for all applications and inquiries, on [email protected] or 022 088 7429.

Applications close at 5.00pm on Friday 26th August 2022.

Job Category: Disability Support. Job Type: Casual.

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