People with Down syndrome want to work for the same reasons as everyone else – to be independent, contribute to society, earn their own money, connect with peers and feel valued.

While people with Down syndrome have some level of intellectual impairment, each person is an individual bringing their own strengths, skills and qualities to the job.

If you are and employer interested in providing meaningful and sustainable employment to a person with Down syndrome, these resources will help you. 

Down Syndrome NSW  ERA (Employer Recruitment Assistance), a professional assistance and support program for employers committed to employing people with Down syndrome.

Down Syndrome Australia Employer Resources

NDIS webinar - Let's talk about work

Case Study

What is your dream job?

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Bernie's dream job is Welcomer at Novotel Sydney Central. When the general manager of Novotel approached Down Syndrome NSW with the express desire to employ two people with Down syndrome, we were thrilled to assist. We ran a membership recruitment drive that included developing EasyRead applications, advertising the position to our members and generally providing information and professional advice on how best to support someone with Down syndrome in the workplace.  

Bernie welcomes guests into the hotel and assists them with check-in. “I also clean the brass on the doors and check the kids play area for any rubbish that’s lying around.  When asked what Bernie liked most about her job, she replied “I like everything about it. Especially the uniform”. 

Bernie works 3 days a week, takes public transport to and from work and works independently in her role.