In NSW, there are over 1.3 million people with disability. Approximately 650,000 are of working age and of this group, approximately 20% (close to 123,000) are able to work, but are currently unemployed.
Outdated ideas about what people with disability can and can’t do is a barrier to inclusion in the workplace. Currently, people with disability are twice as likely to be unemployed (10%) compared to people without disability (5.3%). The time it takes for people with disability to find work is also generally significantly longer than for people without disability.
The benefits of employing people with disability are overwhelmingly positive. Benefits include improved workplace culture and morale, additional skills added to the workplace, and that improves productivity and innovation. Find out more on our Benefits page or by watching or reading our case studies.
When looking for new people to join our business we all want the best candidate and that means assessing people based on skills and abilities. Our toolkit provides all the information you need to get started.
Support services are available to help you see the possibilities and confidently recruit people with disability. Find out more at our Job support services page.
In general, employing people with disability does not cost any more than employing someone without disability. Disability Employment Services offer job matching services and are available to help you find the right candidate for the job.
Assistance for workplace adjustments is available through the Australian Government’s Employment Assistance Fund.
Resources and information about next steps to hire people with disability are available in our Toolkit. In this kit you will find suggested copy to send to your company’s HR team to start the inclusion conversation in your organisation.
The answer to both questions is no.
An Australian Government review of research found that workers with disability are no more likely to be injured at work than other employees.
Employees with disability also generally take fewer sick days than other employees.
People with disability generally have longer retention rates than employees without disability. This means reduced staff turnover and savings on training and recruitment costs.
Watch our case studies to hear from employers about their hardworking, loyal employees with disability who are delivering consistently high-quality outputs.
Finding a job can be a daunting task for anyone. There is so much that you, a person with disability, can bring to a workplace - fresh ideas, new perspectives and a wealth of knowledge and skills. Check out our Jobseekers page for ideas and first steps to find the ideal job for you.
Benefits to businesses from hiring people with disability1 :
1 Australian Network on Disability, Disability Confidence Survey 2016 and Business Council of Australia Recognising Ability: Business and the Employment of People with Disability, October 2015.