Hireup, an online platform revolutionising the Australian disability sector

Mr Jordan O’Reilly

There is no doubt that the world is becoming increasingly technologically dependant, with the disability sector being no exception. In this presentation you will hear about how Hireup is harnessing the power of technology to revolutionise the way Australians with disability find, hire and manage their own support workers. Hireup is proud to have built a platform that is secure and easy to use, transparent and flexible. A system that matches people with disability and support workers not just on qualification but on shared interests. Hireup believes that bringing people with disability and support workers together over their own common ground, whatever it may be, will encourage meaningful connections, enduring relationships and (ultimately) healthy communities.

For people with disability and their families, Hireup allows users to manage their own employment relationships with support workers. Unlike other online care marketplaces, Hireup takes care of administrative back end functions like tax and super payments, insurance, payroll and workplace health and safety. For support workers, Hireup is an easy way to find flexible, meaningful work. Support workers can be anyone in the community, such as allied health students who are looking to gain more experience throughout their studies, supporting the implementation of a therapy plan for someone seeking support on a casual basis that fits in with their studies, their availability and connecting with someone they genuinely enjoy working with.

This presentation will explore how the rapid rate of growth of the Hireup community has seen the emergence of more specialised supports such as using allied health professionals that families with young children are seeking.


Jordan O’Reilly is the co-founder and CEO of Hireup, an online platform connecting Australians with disability with support workers who fit their needs and share their interests. For Jordan, the design of Hireup comes from a deep personal experience. As a sibling growing up alongside a brother with a disability, Jordan knew how important it was for people with a disability and their families to have control of their supports and at the same time as an OT student and disability support worker he could see the untapped potential of health students looking for meaningful employment. In just 4 years, Hireup has become a community of 55,000 registered users and a platform that caters to anyone with a disability looking for a range of one-on-one supports. The innovative for-purpose business was named Australia’s fastest growing tech company by Deloitte in 2017 and a Google.org Impact Challenge winner in 2018. Jordan was also recognised as EY’s 2018 Emerging Entrepreneur of the Year.

Prior to Hireup, Jordan co-founded Fighting Chance Australia, a not-for-profit organisation that exists to enrich the lives of young Australians with significant disabilities. Fighting Chance now supports over 200 young adults on a weekly basis towards goals of employment and social inclusion.

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