Employer guide: Campaigns and awareness days for inclusion of people with disability at work

Campaigns and awareness days related to the inclusion of people with disability are used by many organisations to inspire understanding and engagement in the workplace. By linking back to your organisation’s wider goals and values, awareness days can help you promote a culture of inclusion and demonstrate your commitment to a workplace that is accessible, safe and supports everyone to reach their full potential.

Don’t Give Up, Use Your Superpower

Jasmine Jarvis, interviews PhD Candidate Jerusha Mather as she discusses her PhD journey in medical & biological sciences, her motor function in adults with cerebral palsy research, why having cerebral palsy made her stronger, and the importance of inclusivity in STEM research.

Many people with disability opting for self employment

For many Australians, looking for work involves preparing resumes, cover letters and interview questions, but for people living with a disability you can add discrimination and managing low expectations to that list as well. Research shows many people with disability are choosing self employment, with one group creating tools to make businesses more inclusive.

People with disability turn to entrepreneurship

Lead researcher Professor Simon Darcy said this was because people with disability felt they had no choice but to start their own business in order to work, setting their own flexible hours and working conditions was attractive, and it was an opportunity to give back to their community in some way.

HSU calls for a COVID-19 Care Allowance for disability support workers

The HSU, along with other NDIS Unions (HSU, the Australian Services Union and the United Workers Union) and the employer peak-body, National Disability Services (NDS), filed the application to vary the Social, Community, Home Care and Disability Services Industry Award 2010 to insert the allowance.

Supporting employees with disability through new ways of working

For many organisations the COVID-19 pandemic has seen significant changes in how, when, and where their employees work. The sudden shift to remote or flexible work arrangements and the need for physical distancing to protect colleagues and customers is presenting opportunities and challenges, especially for those with disability.  This resource provides practical tips to ensure that all employees can participate equitably in this new world or work. 

Meaning well doesn’t equal inclusion

So, why is it still so hard to find good workplaces that are inclusive where disabled people feel comfortable and stay for the long haul? Why have the statistics on disability employment stagnated for decades, or gone backwards?

Hired only to be fired, the plight of workers with disabilities revealed

The ABC understands there’s now an alarming number of job seekers with disabilities who are being hired to ensure companies meet diversity target, but then are promptly fired. Disability employment experts say it’s doing damage to the economy and risks pushing many of Australia’s 4.3 million people with a disability into long term unemployment or even poverty.

PWDA’s call to break down employment barriers

People With Disability Australia (PWDA) have announced a new $100 million proposal to tear down barriers for those with a disability trying to get a job. The proposal has been made to the Australian Government as a part of a Federal Pre-Budget submission and was released today and contains three recommendations.  

Diversity builds good business

Look around your office. If one in five of your colleagues are living with a disability, then your workplace is reflective of our broader community. If that’s not the case, your office holds a mirror to a broader societal trend. In Australia today participation in employment for people living with a disability is low and underemployed is high.

Employing people with disability is good business

Imagine you spent three or four years completing a degree and all your university friends were easily able to get a job. But you have been to many, many interviews and can’t get anywhere. Why? Because you have a disability.