ON-Q. Leading With Your Ability

Our story so far...

ON-Q was founded in Northern NSW 30 years ago. Our Mission then was to help disadvantaged people, or those who have a disability, to build valued social roles in their communities through participation in paid work. We have achieved a lot in those 30 years and our Purpose today remains true to our original Mission.

We believe that disadvantaged people, or people with disability who want to work, should be afforded the opportunity and support to do so. We believe that everyone has ability and that’s what we lead with…

Our Purpose

We strengthen the lives of people with disability by:

Connecting to their community through participation in paid work

Engaging in social and lifestyle activities to enhance involvement in the community

Working with young school leavers with a disability to take part in work or training post school

Creating strong partnerships with community, industry and government to promote disability employment

Investing in social enterprise opportunities.

Our Values


Empowering Individuals

Build Open and Honest Relationships through Positive Communication

Embrace and Drive Change


Careers With Us

ON-Q is a values driven organisation that thrives on a culture where staff is supported to achieve their goals. In an industry that is known for high staff turnover, we are proud to have tenure of 9 years amongst our existing staff and a low staff turnover. We offer a range of opportunities across northern NSW and South East Queensland. If you’re enthusiastic, highly motivated and enjoy a good laugh then get in touch today. Call us on 1800 761 561 to chat about working with us.

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Meet The Board

Jeff McDermid


Freed from the rigours of running a large accounting firm, Jeff found himself in the position to apply his knowledge and expertise to ON-Q’s Board.

Marie Gale


Marie has been active in the disability sector for over 15 years and is passionate about social justice, human rights and wildlife conservation

Paul Miles


CEO and Executive Director of BUSY At Work, Paul brings legal, accounting and industry experience to ON-Q's Board

Lisa Smith

CEO & Executive Director ON-Q

CEO and Executive Director of ON-Q, Lisa has a degree in Social Sciences and has over 20 years experience supporting disadvantaged people into employment

Our Sister Organisation

We extend our Mission offshore through our partnership with Patan Community Based Rehabilitation (CBR). Patan is a Nepalese not-for-profit provider of disability support, education, and rehabilitation for children with disabilities. Established in 1995, they began with just 60 children and now provide services to over 1700 clients. Click here to find out more or to make a tax deductible donation to Patan CBR.

Contact us today on 1800 761 561 to chat about your next move