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Mateship the key to work success

When Chris Campbell learnt he was going to work at the Disability Services Commission, he was hesitant. More than a decade later, he couldn’t be happier. 

“When I was coming to the Commission, I didn’t know what to expect. I was leaving a place I’d worked for nine years and I had lots of friends there,” Chris said.

Chris first worked as an Administration Officer at the Commonwealth Department of Health and Ageing which he gained with the support of BizLink employment agency that assists people with disability. He worked there for nine years before Bizlink again helped him find a new role at the Commission.

“Now I’ve been here at the Commission for 13 years and I’ve been happy and have no regrets,” Chris said.

In his official role as Administration Officer in the Finance team, Chris is responsible for processing invoices and archiving documents. He said he enjoys his job because of the people he works with.

“The one thing I like most about working here is camaraderie. We’re a great team that helps each other out,” Chris said. 

“All my mates are a help and we all consider each other’s wellbeing.

“One thing I’ve learnt here is courtesy and being respectful, helping out when needed in my area. Without that you won’t get anywhere.”

But it’s probably his ‘unofficial’ role, running the Commission’s footy tipping competition that Chris is best known for in the office.

Chris has been a West Coast Eagles member for 22 years and regularly attends games with his family.

“There are lots of us in the office that like footy,” Chris said.

“Sometimes my colleagues come to the games with me and my family. They get to see me in my true colours.”

Disability Services Commission Director General Dr Ron Chalmers said Chris’ team spirit was a great asset to the Commission.

“I really admire Chris for his attitude to his work and his colleagues.

“His approach is exactly where we all want to be at the Commission – our ethos is to show respect, friendship and give everyone a fair go and Chris shows that to a tee.”