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Work is part of Chloe’s bigger plan

Photograph of ChloeWhen Chloe Tangaroa joined the WA National Disability Insurance Scheme (WA NDIS) last year, she was very clear about what goals she wanted to capture in her personal plan – to find a job and improve her fitness.

“I love being in the WA NDIS trial because I get to work with a Local Coordinator and she is supporting me to reach my goals,” Chloe said.

Now, not only does Chloe go to the gym twice a week, she works as an Administrative Officer at the Disability Services Commission.

Chloe lives with her parents and dog Paris at their home in Cockburn.  After finishing school, she completed Certificates I and II in Business at North Metropolitan TAFE.

“I really enjoyed it because I got to do hands on work and I made some very good friends,” Chloe said.

After her studies, Chloe went to work for a large law firm before securing her current contract with the Commission.

“I have been working as part of the team providing secretarial support for the Ministerial Advisory Council on Disability’s community engagement process, to get feedback about the NDIS from people with disability, their families, carers and service providers,” Chloe said.

“That’s been very interesting because I’m also in the NDIS and can hear about other peoples’ experiences.”

“I’ve really enjoyed typing up all the information that people have talked to us about.  I also had to make sure that invoices got paid and helped out with making arrangements for meetings.”

Chloe’s team leader, Tricia Dewar, says she is highly valued by her colleagues.

“She works really hard and the job she does is important to the success of our team,” Tricia said.

Not only does her job give her the opportunity to meet new people, the money she earns allows her to be more independent.  Chloe also hopes to travel more and is saving up for a holiday.

For organisations who are currently hiring new staff, Chloe has some advice based on her own experiences.

“Everyone has something to contribute, including people with disability, so give everyone a chance,” she said.

Commission Director General Dr Ron Chalmers said it was gratifying to see how Chloe’s plan had come to life and she was realising some of her ambitions.

“It’s been really pleasing to see what a positive difference having a job has made to Chloe’s life,” he said.