Disability & Social Services

Disability & Social Services

Our Practice

With the government’s divestment from operational services in 2016, the Australian Disability sector has experienced a relentless pace of change across; organisational design, operating systems, and ownership structure.

An ageing population and increased public awareness of Disability services now finds 4.3 million Australian’s living with a Disability. In a sector experiencing a 10-year annualised growth rate nearing 40%, the Australian Disability and Social Services sector is the nation’s fastest growing Health economy.

In a market consisting of over 17,000 registered providers, the Australian Disability marketplace is also the nations most fragmented human services industry. In a sector where scale has been largely underpinned via merge and acquisition strategies, the recent influx of capital from privately funded providers attempting to innovate across Core, Capacity Building and Capital Services has further added to the sectors evolution.

As organisations grapple with the pressure of margin compression, regulatory change, staff engagement, industrial relations and growing workforce capacity, organisations of the future are achieving operational efficiencies via strategic alliances, technology integration and employee retention strategies.

At Orchard, we assist organisations circumvent many of these commercial complexities, through the appointment of high-calibre corporate, clinical and operational talent.

Our areas of functional expertise include; Accommodation (Supported Independent Living); In-Home Community Services; Day Programs; Core Supports; Allied Health - Therapy Services; Support Coordination; Employment Services; Early intervention.

Our Services

  • Executive Search: CEO and leadership appointments, including CFO, Head of Operations, Head of Human Resources, General Manager and Portfolio Manager.
  • Managerial Appointments: Clinical, corporate and operational managerial roles including Accomodation Manager, House Manager and Service Coordinator. 
  • Project Placements: volume-based recruitment solutions across one or multiple job families, including frontline services.

Our People

Dani White, Associate Director, Disability & Social Services

Dani leads our national Disability and Social Services Practice, delivering on critical operational and executive leadership mandates supported by a functionally aligned team below. 

Originally beginning her professional career as a Physiotherapist, Dani had the opportunity to practice in multiple sub-acute hospital and community settings. Looking to build her commercial skills and experiences, Dani took the step into the life-insurance sector, leveraging her professional expertise within disability claims.

Joining the Orchard Talent Group in 2018, Dani has continued to build on her deep knowledge of the Disability and Social Services sector, supporting our clients meet their workforce needs. She is committed to understanding her client’s businesses and building meaningful partnerships with both candidates and clients to achieve great outcomes.

Dani holds a Bachelor of Physiotherapy. 

Jessica Lewy, Senior Recruitment Consultant, Disability & Social Services 

Jess joined the Orchard Talent Group in 2020 as a Senior Recruitment Consultant heading up the Child, Youth & Family channel within the Disability & Social Services Practice.

With a background in multi-site Retail Management, Jess utilised her industry knowledge to establish a career in recruitment. With three successful years recruiting within the Retail & Customer Service sectors, Jess has refined her ability to identify and understand client and candidate needs in a fast-paced, high volume sector.

Motivated to join an organisation where she would be best equipped to contribute positively to society, the Orchard Talent Group stood out to Jess as a business of choice due to their passion for assisting those most vulnerable in our community.

Jess brings a range of skills to recruitment including a strong service approach, an ability to assess client and candidate needs, sound judgement and analytical skills as well as an empathetic and caring mind-set. Jess looks forward to building long term relationships with her clients and candidates to deliver individually tailored and high-quality recruitment solutions.