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Meet the new CEO of ON-Q

The BUSY Group, which ON-Q Disability Employment Services is a part of, is excited to formally introduce Jason Shield as the new CEO for ON-Q.  Paul Miles, Managing Director for the BUSY Group Ltd, said "We're very excited to have Jason's expertise at the helm of ON-Q, leading the organisation forward in this new era. Jason's experience in the sector and his commitment to supporting community members will be a strong asset for ON-Q and The BUSY Group". Moving forward, Jason Shield has...

Where there’s a Will, there’s a way

How School Leaver Employment Support helped Will into a Telecommunications Apprenticeship Transitioning from school can be a particularly daunting time, but especially so if you are a person with a disability.  This is where ON-Q can assist through the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) School Leaver Employment Support (SLES) just as the support recently assisted Will Purcell into his career pathway. As part of SLES, Will, a student at Ballina High, met one-on-one with Craig Wilson from ON-Q on a weekly basis....

Harry finds the heart for hospitality

Harry was a young school leaver when he first came to Maggie and Mr Jones café in Ballina, undertaking work experience as part of the NDIS School Leaver Employment Support program. He did so well at his work experience that Maggie and Mr Jones (a social enterprise café) offered him on-going paid employment in the team. After a successful ten months working in the café, and with support from Petar Ilic from ON-Q, Harry’s service skills were brought to the attention of...

ON-Q Gets Set To Open 18 New Offices

Not for profit organisation, ON-Q Disability Services who are part of the BUSY Group, have been providing support and employment pathways for people with a disability for over 30 years. The company is now gearing up for a huge expansion this month, with the launch of 18 new offices from Ballina to the Sunshine Coast. CEO and Executive Director, Lisa Smith, said that while the quick expansion is a massive undertaking, the new offices will allow the company to place more...

ON-Q interview with Sam and Megan

Many families experience difficulty at this time of year when their son or daughter has finished 13 years of schooling and they are contemplating “what’s next?” We interviewed Megan Jeffries* to gain a first-hand insight into her families’ experience when their son Sam* decided to enter the world of work. Sam is 16 years old lives with Asperger’s Syndrome. Megan, Sam’s Mum, approached ON-Q Disability Employment Support Services to assist Sam to find and keep a job while he was still...

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