During the current climate of skills employers cannot afford to miss any opportunity consider all possible sources for their workforce and increase their competitive edge. People with a disability represent a relatively untapped resource for employers.
People with disability bring a range of skills, abilities and qualifications to the workplace. Many businesses already employ workers with disability because it makes good business sense:
people with disability can have fewer accidents at work—the workers compensation costs for people with disability can be as low as four per cent of the workers compensation costs of other employees (Graffam, Shinkfield, Smith and Polzin 2002)
people with disability can have lower absenteeism and often take less sick leave than other employees
the costs of hiring people with disability can be significantly lower than hiring other employees—as low as 13 per cent of the cost of other employees (Graffam et al 2002)
employing people with disability can build staff morale, raise management awareness of workplace practices and conditions, and increase customer and staff loyalty.
Graffam, J, Shinkfield, A, Smith, K, and Polzin, U 2002, ‘Employer benefits and costs of employing a person with a disability’, Journal of Vocational Rehabilitation, vol. 17, pp. 251-263.
Disability Employment Services
Disability Employment Services provide specialist assistance services to people with a disability, injury or health condition to help find and keep employment.
Disability Employment Services providers offer a range of services to support your individual needs, including:
help to prepare for work, including training in specific job skills
job-search support, such as résumé development, training in interview skills, and help in looking for suitable jobs
support when initially placed into a job, including on-the-job training and co-worker and employer support
ongoing support in a job if required
the purchase of vocational training and other employment-related assistance
access to help with workplace modifications; support services; and Auslan interpreting in the workplace.
Find a service near you at http://jobsearch.gov.au/provider/
Beyond Expectations DVD
Often people have very low expectations of people with disabilities. This is reflected within employment where there are many misconceptions about the abilities of people with a disability. The Beyond Expectations DVD highlights how people with a disability when given the opportunity are equal contributors within the workforce.
Click here to view the Beyond Expectations Vignettes of people with a disability in the workplace.
JobAccess is a free, confidential telephone service providing information and expert advice to employers regarding recruiting and working with people with disability. The JobAccess website provides guides and checklists on recruitment, adjusting the workplace, the Support Wage System, Employment Assistance Fund and much more.
Click here to view the JobAccess Employer Toolkit
Australian Network on Disability (AND)
The Australian Network on Disability (AND) is a not-for-profit organisation resourced by its members to advance the inclusion of people with disability in all aspects of business. They are not an employment agency, and do not find jobs for people with disability. Rather, they work with member organisations so that they become more confident and prepared to welcome people with disability into their organisations.
Click here to view the AND website and their resources
Apprenticeships and Traineeships for people with disability
There is assistance for employers of Australian Apprentices with disability which includes Disabled Australian Apprentice Wage Support and Assistance for Tutorial, Interpreter and Mentor Services.
Click here to view the Australian Apprenticeships website and download fact sheet 3
Click here to visit Australian Apprenticeship Pathways website
Young Worker Toolkit
The Young Worker Toolkit is a web based resource, optimised for smartphones, which helps young people find answers to common questions about how workplace relations laws apply to them.