Formerly House with No Steps and The Tipping Foundation

$40k funding to boost our workforce

We've received Federal Government funding to help boost our over 5000-strong workforce.

Jason Falinski MP, Andrew Richardson, Aruma CEO, and Kim Parish, Aruma Chief People Officer
Jason Falinski MP, Andrew Richardson, Aruma CEO, and Kim Parish, Aruma Chief People Officer
November 15, 2019

We’re grateful to have received a total of $40,000 (in two lots of $20,000) under the Federal Government’s Boosting Your Local Care Workforce program. The program assists organisations like ours to transition to the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS).

“We’ve been providing NDIS supports to our customers since the scheme started in July 2013,” said Andrew Richardson, Aruma’s CEO.

“The secret to providing the very best support to our customers is hiring and developing talented and dedicated staff with the right values, and then supporting them well.”

“We’re grateful for this funding. We’ll put it to good use by trialling two pieces of technology, which will help us hire the very best staff for our customers.”

The first piece of technology is a video interviewing product that will be used for screening candidates and simplifying the recruitment process. It will enable our customers to review shortlisted candidates and select their own support staff.

The second is an online tool that will allow us to further test a candidate’s skills and behavioural style. This approach has already been used by one of our Victorian teams and has resulted in lower staff turnover and greater staff and customer satisfaction.

Mackellar MP, Jason Falinski said we’ve received the grant to build our workforce and develop our capabilities to effectively operate under the NDIS.

“These funds will help Aruma transition to the market-driven NDIS model. This will ultimately empower people with a disability right across our community through providing them more choice when it comes to support options. It is my pleasure to support the great work of this organisation,” Mr Falinski said.

We’ll start trialling the two pieces of technology early in 2020. Subject to the trial results, our plan is to roll out the improved recruitment practices across our entire organisation.