Resources

Hiring people with disabilities: What you need to know

Most recruiting occurs from the perspective of the perceived ‘best available candidate’, according to Matt Little, CEO at CoAct.

Even in large organisations who implement implicit strategies to increase the representation of people with a disability, the ingrained HR policies and processes are designed to filter out less credentialed candidates, added Little.

Just ask the question: Barriers to disability employment

One of the biggest barriers, when it came to employing people with disability, was hiring managers that believed employing someone with a disability would make their life too hard.

“We’ve got a lot of HR, diversity and inclusion professionals who are trying to implement unconscious bias training and diversity policies, but until hiring managers get themselves past this point of thinking a person with a disability is only going to make more work for them, we aren’t getting anywhere,” Kelly Schultz said.

Embracing disability and diversity in the workplace

Those with disability experience more discrimination than any other group within society. Of all discrimination cases lodged with the Australian Human Rights Commission in 2016-17, 37 per cent were on the grounds of disability. Only 48 per cent of working-age people with a disability have a job, compared with 79 per cent of those without disability, according to 2015 ABS data.

Employer Toolkit

This toolkit includes short video guides and downloadable resources with practical advice on disability and employment – from inclusive policies and recruitment, to workplace changes and managing staff. Topics covered in this program include disability employment basics, fundamentals for organisations, recruiting people with disability, getting your workplace ready and managing your team. This toolkit is freely available online and can be completed at your own pace.

Culture Shifting

One of the perennial topics of conversation about diversity, centres on how to shift culture. We need to shift culture so that diverse people will be attracted to an organisation and stay as employees or customers.

Boards and Committees Project

This initiative supports Victorians with disability applying to sit on Victorian government boards or committees by offering free coaching support to examine your application and resume.

Young adults with Down syndrome to benefit from pilot employment program

The pilot will be based out of Melbourne’s Torren University, which will include a one-year work readiness program, including partnership with a national employer and a seven-week work placement program. Thirteen participants with Down syndrome between 22 and 35 years old will participate in the pilot. The program involves extensive collaboration across industry, education, disability employment services, media, Government and the not-for-profit sector.

Sportability Employment Program for Women

Closing date: March 1, 2019

The Sportability Employment Program for Women is a six-month project that will help a group of women with disability gain employment in the sport and recreation sector. Program participants will •    be supported to apply for jobs or leadership roles •    take part in work readiness workshops •    attend industry events and … Continued

Vision Australia seeks mentors for new employment program

Closing date: June 30, 2019

Vision Australia is on the lookout for volunteer mentors to assist in delivering a new program which will help people who are blind or have low vision achieve their employment goals.