Snapshot: Juggling caring, parenting and work – Lessons for the post-COVID workplace

A significant proportion of the workforce is balancing parenting and/or caring responsibilities. However, traditional workplace structures have failed to keep up with workers’ attempts to balance work and family life and leave behind outdated, gendered divisions of ‘breadwinner’ and ‘home-maker’. This snapshot report shares the results of a survey of 1500 Victorians about their experiences with flexible work during the pandemic and how employers can better support parents and carers in the post-COVID workplace.

Snapshot: Supporting workers with disability – Lessons for the post-COVID workplace

The COVID-19 pandemic compounded existing inequalities for workers with disability, leaving many of them feeling stretched, stressed and unfairly treated. However, the unprecedented move to remote and flexible work during the pandemic also created opportunities to better understand how flexible work arrangements can support people with disability to access and participate meaningfully in the workplace. … Continued

Highly educated, but underestimated: How disability employment services fail tertiary qualified individuals

Trenbath says the disability employment provider seemed to only see her cerebral palsy, not her academic achievements and job skills.  “They thought that because I was disabled that I was on welfare, and they didn’t need to find me a job, that they could just take their time,” Trenbath said. “I’ve never been on welfare and I don’t get any NDIS funding, so I have to work. I not only want to work, I need to work to be financially independent … I don’t want to rely on government funding.”

Supporting diversity: Employees with disability

In Australia, many employees are living with a disability as part of their daily life. By providing the right support, employers can instil inclusive workplace practices and enhance diversity.

Out of the rainbow glitter closet’: Push for workplaces to hire more neurodiverse staff

She felt the reason it took so long for her to gain employment after being open about her diagnosis was because of the negative preconceptions hiring managers had about it.
“The biggest barrier by far is mindset,” Ms McKay said.  “Employers have to have the mindset that autism is a completely normal, natural human thing that is welcome in the workplace.  It’s not a problem to be solved. It’s not some risk. It’s not an issue. It’s just a different set of needs that just need different considerations.”

Critical mass

Requesting workplace adjustments, flexible working arrangements, or modified equipment in the workplace is a tough gig. It is even more difficult for those who are the only disabled person on their team or in their workplace – that is, almost all disabled people.

I was perfect for the job, but I couldn’t even get into the building. Here’s why

You’ve already been told by your potential employer that your resumé is the best they have ever seen. The employer has every intention of giving you the job. The interview is just a formality. But, when you arrive for the interview, you find yourself unable to enter the building. Because of this, no matter how perfect you are for the position, you won’t get the job.

Diversity, the final frontier: space agency seeks disabled astronaut

The European Space Agency (ESA) is seeking new astronauts for the first time in a decade and wants to recruit one person with a disability. At a briefing held today, ESA experts and astronauts discussed the selection criteria for the four to six astronauts who are needed. The agency said it was keen to improve its record on diversity and inclusion and wants one of the new recruits to have a disability – a “parastronaut”.

Disability in the workplace: ‘Australia’s mindset is shifting’

As a nation, Australia is falling short when it comes to the employment of disabled workers. Ranking 21 out of 29 OECD countries for labour force participation among those with a disability, it lags behind New Zealand and many European nations. So what needs to change to improve the landscape for disabled workers?

Wage theft and poor pay among workers with disabilities, royal commission hears

The 9th hearing of the Disability Royal Commission has heard evidence today of widespread wage theft among firms that hire workers with disabilities. Employers avoid paying even the minimum wage to workers on the assumption, the Commission was told, that additional income from the Disability Support Pension provides sufficient support. But experts warn the majority of bosses neglect workers’ basic rights, leaving workers with little option but to leave their job, entrenching them in unemployment.

The Morrison Government’s unfair treatment of disabled job seekers

Meredith said her experience with having her welfare payment suspended for not meeting her mutual obligations while undergoing cancer treatment kept her “up all night with panic attacks”and worried about how she’d pay her bills and feed her child. ‘You people are going to be the death of me and many others,’ she told her WISE Employment job consultant via email.