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Which Australian companies are leading the charge in disability employment?

Photo Credit: Jeremy Simons

The second series of ABC’s Employable Me has started, charting the journey to employment for a group of individuals with neurodiverse conditions. People living with disability are still underrepresented when it comes to employment, despite the fact that it makes good business sense to ensure employers are tapping into a wider talent pool. We recently posted about how participants are using NDIS funding to build a business, study or pursue careers. But what are companies doing to ensure that they’re being proactive about ensuring employee diversity?

Employable Me is not just a series lamenting the challenges that people with disability face in gaining meaningful employment. It strives to go beyond first impressions, using expert insights to reveal people’s skills and match them with roles that will capitalise on them.
The significance of its message has not gone unnoticed. The first series was awarded the 2019 United Nations Department of Public Information Gold Award, which is given to programs that best exemplify the UN’s aims and ideals.

Why hiring people with disability is good for business.

Inclusivity is not just beneficial for people with disability. It’s also smart business. While most companies will claim that they are open to employing someone with disability, as reported by the Sydney Morning Herald, a report released in 2018 found that just 35% of employers actually follow through with this commitment. This is despite the fact that about 20% of Australians live with disability – representing a huge segment of potential candidates. A report by Deloitte back in 2011 suggested that closing the gap between labour market participation rates and unemployment rates for people with and without disabilities by one-third would result in a cumulative $43 billion increase in Australia’s GDP over the subsequent decade. What companies are leading the charge in disability employment?

There are many companies that are proactively ensuring their workforce is more representative of the wider population, including those with disability.

The Australian Network on Disability is a national, membership based, for-purpose organisation that makes it easier for organisations to welcome people with disability. Rather than an employment agency, the organisation works with employers to conduct training, share knowledge and facilitate networking opportunities so that organisations can become confident in ensuring disability inclusion. Their network covers a wide range of industries and includes more than 240 organisations including the Australian National University, IBM, PWC, Sydney Children’s Hospital Network, Australia Post, Westpac, Coles Group, Lendlease and a number of government departments.

Get the support you need to help with your job search.

Regardless of where you are in your career journey, you can use your NDIS funding get the support you need in finding and keeping a job. Mable can connect you with plan-management organisations who can help you to create a plan that incorporates your goals around work. Once you know what you need, you can use your NDIS funding to search for and directly hire support in and out of the workplace. We’ve had requests on the Mable platform for clients looking for support workers to help build computer literacy, edit written work, transport to and from the workplace and more.

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