6 Things Disabled People Can Do To Prepare For Disability Discrimination

Curbing disability discrimination in the workplace is everyone’s responsibility. And it’s unfair, though all too common, to place all of the burden on people with disabilities to absorb, defuse, or fight disability discrimination themselves. But what can people with disabilities do to prepare themselves for possible – and unfortunately probable – workplace discrimination?

Budget offers employment hope for people with an intellectual disability and families but concerns remain over NDIS budget targets

There was good news from the Australian Government budget this week with the announcement of funding for a range of measures on supported employment. Supported employment for people with disability is typically provided in Australian Disability Enterprises, also known as sheltered workshops. Providers can legally pay employees as little as $2.75 per hour under the … Continued

Get on Board opportunities

The Victorian Government is committed to ensuring that government boards and committees reflect the rich diversity of the Victorian community.  Women, Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander peoples, people with a disability, young people, people from culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds and lesbian, gay, bisexual, trans, gender diverse and intersex people are encouraged to apply. Current opportunities include:

Current opportunities include:
– Birrarung Council Members (5 positions), Department of Environment, Water, Land and Planning – closes 11 July 2023
– Victorian Creative Industries Agency Board Member Roles, Department of Jobs, Skills, Industry and Regions – closes 31 July 2023

We need more tea ladies

It is assumed that by building a greater concentration of disability at the entry level, that over time disabled workers will drift upwards into positions of leadership and decision making. Over several decades this approach hasn’t worked, yet it remains the primary method used to achieve disability equality.

Disabled workers face systemic barriers at work: report

An Australian-first research project has found that disabled people working in the Australian screen industry regularly face prejudice and discrimination.  Alarmingly, 77 per cent of disabled respondents reported negative impacts on their work in the screen industry, and 58 per cent of disabled workers in the screen industry earn less than $800 per week.

Disability advocate encourages ECEC employers to hire more people with disabilities

“People living with disability aren’t looking for a hand-out or to be given a job because they have a disability. All they want is a fair opportunity in the recruitment process, for employers to have an open mind towards how a task can be done, and to be considered according to their skill set and experiences they can bring, not their personal situation.”

The answer is disability leadership – article

In late 2022, the federal government convened a forum to discuss the National Disability Strategy. The final panel examined the issue of “attitudes” – a regular topic of conversation amongst those wanting to see improvements in disability equality. An unusual feature of this final panel was that the topic of disability leadership came to the … Continued

Research reveals employer attitudes to disability

New research from the Australian Network on Disability (AND) has uncovered some of the barriers people with disability face in employment. The research comes at a critical time for disability employment, ahead of the release later this year of the report out of the Disability Royal Commission, which will address the issue.

How Australia can get more people with disability into the workplace

Australia is lagging other countries when it comes to employing people with disability. A gulf exists between the employment rates of working-aged Australians with and without disability. The gap here is 32 per cent, much higher than countries such as Sweden (9.5 per cent), Finland (12.4 per cent), France (9.9 per cent) and Italy (13.3 per cent).

Ending discrimination of disabled workers key to improving screen industry diversity, future success: report

Disabled people working in Australia’s screen industry face prejudice and systemic discrimination, including lower pay, greater casualisation and stigma and stereotyping, a new report finds. The findings, drawn from a national survey of more than 500 people – both disabled and non-disabled – and in-depth interviews, are included in the Disability and Screen Work in Australia: … Continued