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At AS&RS we focus on supporting people with an intellectual disability to live a rewarding life as independently as possible.

We value strong partnerships and relationships with our clients with a special emphasis on establishing and building trust. Our focus is on our clients and their needs, interests, choices and rights.

If you have a passion for working in human services and are interested in what we have to offer check out the current opportunities within our service.

We offer a number of different positions from Residential Care Officers (RCO), Direct Support Team Leaders, Team Leaders, Rostering and Payroll Officers as well as other administrative roles. Career advancement opportunities exist across all positions.

AS&RS has an experienced, well-trained and dedicated workforce of RCOs.

Working as an RCO (Disability Support Worker)

The role of a Residential Care Officer (RCO) has many intrinsic rewards. As an RCO you will provide day-to-day assistance and services to people with an intellectual disability by ensuring that the person’s emotional, social, financial and physical well-being needs are being supported to a high standard.

As an RCO you will ensure that people with an intellectual disability live in an environment which is least restrictive of their freedom and promotes community inclusion. RCOs focus on client goals and outcomes and use support systems that reflect individual needs.

Work is undertaken within a typical AS&RS household where 2 to 4 people share their home and are supported by a team of RCOs working a 24-hour roster. RCOs work an 80 hour fortnight within a flexible shift rostering system.

In return for your interest and dedication to people with a disability, you will be rewarded with:

  • award wages that include shift allowances, penalties and other allowances such as meals and clothing as they apply under the Award for Operational Employees in Disability and Forensic Services - State 2016
  • flexible shifts
  • excellent job resources and personal development opportunities
  • 2 weeks of paid induction and upon successful completion of induction up to one week of paid service centre training
  • access to QSuper for superannuation, life and illness insurance
  • access to Accumulated Time Work (ATW) of 13 days per year
  • training provided by a registered training provider
  • 5 weeks per year of vacation time when working full shift rotation.

If you’re looking for a rewarding and challenging role and know you can make a difference in the lives of people with an intellectual disability phone one of our service locations.

It is a condition of employment to comply with the department’s COVID-19 Vaccination Requirements policy. All employees must provide evidence of their vaccination status prior to commencement of employment. 

For Residential Care Officers it is a requirement of your role to provide evidence for sighting by your manager of being fully vaccinated, which in our policy currently means having received a minimum of two doses of an approved COVID-19 vaccine or provide suitable evidence of meeting the requirements for an exception (for example, being unable to be vaccinated due to having a medical contraindication, or recently being diagnosed with COVID-19). We strongly encourage our employees to continue to stay up to date with all COVID-19 vaccinations recommended for their age or individual health needs as this will assist in providing protection against the risk of both infection and severe disease for them and the vulnerable clients we support.

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Recruitment - Casual RCO (Disability Support Worker)

Casual Residential Care Officers (RCOs) in the department provide care and support for people with disabilities. They also work with other health professionals to maximise the individual's physical and mental wellbeing as well as promoting independence and community participation.

Each year the department runs a minimum of four casual RCO recruitment intakes.

2023 casual RCO Recruitment Campaigns.

CampaignAdvertising dates in Smart Jobs and Seek
3 Fri 9 June to Fri 23 June (2 weeks)
4 Fri 8 September to Fri 22 September (2 weeks)

Getting as much information as possible before you apply online is important. Make sure you take time to look over the role profile and frequently asked questions (FAQs). When the advertising period commences go to Smart Jobs website and type “Disability Support Worker” in the search field to apply online.

2023 (campaign three) Casual RCO Recruitment Campaign
Locations: Townsville, Rockhampton, Maryborough, Sunshine Coast, Nundah, Oxley, Loganlea, Gold coast, Ipswich and Toowoomba

StepStageCampaign two Dates
1 Advertising period 9 - 23 June 2023 (2 weeks)
2 Application screening:
Check Australian Open “C” class driver’s licence, certifications, visa, working rights, cover letter and resume.
9 - 30 June 2023
3 Medical (if applicable)  
4 Shortlisting, Selection, Reference checks 3 - 21 July 2023
5 Disability Worker Screening Clearance 24 - 27 July 2023
6 Email sent regarding successful/unsuccessful to induction outcomes 2 Aug 2023
7 Attendance at induction program (including Disability Worker Screening or clearance for a current Yellow Card)

Upon success at interview & workers screening clearance:
you will be invited to attend a two-week (paid) induction program.
Upon successful completion of induction, further (paid) service centre training
attendance is required (up to 5 days)

Induction and service centre training dates fall between the period 14 Aug to 8 Sept.

(please note these dates are subject to change)

Successful completion of all seven steps results in an appointment to casual Residential Care Officer.

Casual RCO Information Session

To learn more about the casual RCO role, watch the recorded information session.

Contact us - Casual Disability Support Worker recruitment

For further information regarding Casual RCO recruitment, please contact the RCO Recruitment team on

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Casual Residential Care Officer Recruitment 2023

Expression of Interest 2023

If you share our passion and values to build partnerships and relationships in an environment based on trust then you may be the person we are looking for!

Current jobs

Find out more information about available jobs in AS&RS on Queensland Government Smartjobs.