Numerous services around New Zealand provide opportunities for people with Down syndrome and other disabilities to get employment. Here is a list of providers Chat 21 was  able to locate.

Abilities Incorporated (Auckland) 

Abilities Incorporated employs people with disabilities. 

Able Pet Care 

Able Pet Care is a registered charity and social enterprise that provides quality pet care services in our communities. Our pet care team are people with a disability that are trained, capable, trustworthy people, keen to help you and your pet. We provide services in Wellington, Auckland, Rotorua, Blenheim and Nelson. 

0508 ENABLE (362253)

Brackenridge (Canterbury) 

At Brackenridge, people are our priority, supporting people with learning disabilities and autism to create and lead their lives, their way.  Fantastic normal everyday lives where people are included as valued members in our community and live happy and fulfilling lives. 

Career Moves (Waikato) 

Career Moves is a dedicated, stand-alone, Supported Employment service. It is pan-disability and also supports people with long-term injuries, such as brain and spinal injuries. 

Catapult Employment Services Trust (Canterbury) 

Catapult Employment Services is an employment service for both employers and jobseekers, that has been helping Cantabrians into employment for over 10 years. We have employment consultants and offer a counselling around anxieties with employment. 

CCT (Otago) 

We support people with intellectual disabilities and/or Autism Spectrum Disorder to live in their community. 

Community Living Trust (Waikato) 

Community Living supports 100 people to obtain real meaningful work or to gain the skills to enable them to get a job. 

Creativeworks Employment Service (Christchurch) 

Creativeworks provides support to people with experience of a mental illness or disability to find employment and then supports them to maintain this for at least six months. 

[email protected] 

Disability Resource Centre Hawkes Bay Trust 

We work to promote opportunities and facilities for the independence, mobility, and recreation of people with disabilities as well as providing occupational, social and personal opportunities and facilities. 

Emerge Supported Employment Trust (Wellington) 

Emerge Supported Employment Trust is a not-for-profit organisation which provides a range of professional supported employment and transition services for people with disabilities in Wellington. 

Enrich+ (Te Awamutu) 

Enrich+ supports individuals to have a ‘life like any other’. Through education, employment and empowerment, we help each person to be a real part of the communities of their choice. 


Framework delivers community based mental health and intellectual disability services in greater Auckland from strategic locations throughout the city. Paramount among these services is community support, supported employment, participation and inclusion. 

Geneva Elevator 

Geneva Elevator is a specialist consultancy service offering a wide range of employment, training and support options to clients with diverse needs in Whangarei, Northshore, South Auckland, Wellington and New Plymouth.

HLC Employment Services (Levin) 

IDEA Services Ltd 

IDEA Services provides residential, vocational, behaviour support, supported employment, supported living and other support to people with intellectual disabilities throughout New Zealand. 


ImagineBetter has a National reach around Aotearoa and is active on a number of fronts including but not limited to providing a range of supports, workshops, training and resources directly to families of disabled people. 

Inclusion Aotearoa (Palmerston North) 

Inclusion Aotearoa supports families searching for ways to support their children/siblings to have a good life.

LR Training & Development 

LR Training & Development provides career advice and guidance for people who face barriers to employment including health issues, injury and disability. 


Mahi Tika – Equity in Employment
Mahi Tika is a disabled-led employment programme designed to enhance the employment journey of disabled people in the Waikato region to be working or training in the industry of their choice while improving equity in the employment of disabled people.

Manaaki Ability Trust (Hutt Valley) 

Manaaki Ability Trust provides services that include transition from school, vocational support, community participation and centre-based and facilitated programmes. 

Manawatu Supported Living Trust (Options) 

Options is a supported living agency, based in Plamerston North, which is committed to delivering services and supports in a manner that fit each person’s needs and aspirations. 

Marian Galvin 

Student Transition Services Auckland Region 

[email protected] 

Matea Trust (Auckland) 

On a rural block in Dairy Flat, just north of Albany, we provide employment opportunities for men with intellectual disabilities in our firewood business. We also offer work experience opportunities to students preparing to leave school and enter the workforce. 


Poly-Emp Employment and Advisory Service (Auckland) 

Poly-Emp Employment & Advisory Service is a Charitable Trust that assists people with learning disabilities to find paid employment and reach their full potential in their chosen career. 

Southland disAbility Enterprises 

The overriding objective of Southland disAbility Enterprises Ltd is ‘to increase the participation of people with disabilities in employment and in their community’. 

Supported Employment Agency Trust (Rotorua) 

Village Community Trust (Workstar Nelson) 

WORKSTAR is a specialist Supported Employment Agency that has served the Nelson economy well for over twenty-five years servicing over 1500 people. Our professional employment service provides free ongoing support. 

Whanganui Disability Resources Centre (Whangarei) 

The Whanganui Disability Resources Centre offers a disability information service, advocacy, supported employment service, short-term hire of wheelchairs and other large items of equipment, and sales of aids and equipment. 


Workbridge is the largest New Zealand owned employment agency for people with a disability, injury or illness. Over the past decade, Workbridge staff have arranged over 30,000 jobs for disabled people. Each year around 1,800 employers provide these jobs across a range of industries. 

Work Opportunities (Otago) 

We are a Supported Employment Service Provider in Dunedin. 

Workmates Supported Employment 

Workmates Supported Employment is a charitable trust that provides a completely FREE supported and employment service in the Porirua and greater Wellington region.