Creating a diverse workforce makes good business sense. We know diverse teams add value, bring new ideas and perspectives and have a positive effect on profitability.
Employing people with disability boosts staff morale, increases customer loyalty and delivers a diverse workforce that reflects the community and your customers.
People with disability can bring a diverse range of new skills and talents to your organisation.
It’s easier to employ someone with disability than you think and there is government funding and support available to assist you.
Recruitment procedures can create barriers for people with disability. By making some adjustments you can assist people with disability to apply and benefit other candidates as well.
Inherent requirements are those requirements, tasks or skills that are essential to the job. In position descriptions and job advertisements it is important to focus on what needs to be done, rather than the way things are done.
For instance, a law firm advertising to fill a Solicitor position:
A job ad focusing on the inherent requirements might include:
“The ability to produce high quality advice and support within tight deadlines”
A job ad NOT focusing on the inherent requirements might include:
“Ability to type 60 wpm”
Being a disability confident workplace means creating a culture of inclusion and removing barriers for people with disability.
If you employ a person with disability, it’s important to make any reasonable adjustments or changes to ensure they can perform their job well.
Reasonable adjustments can be easier than you expect and involve minimal cost or even be cost neutral. The Australian Government’s Employment Assistance Fund provides funding for workplace adjustments.
“Are there any changes or adjustments to work practices or equipment we can make to assist you to do this job or be more productive?”
Making workplace adjustments enables you to confidently recruit, retain and support people with disability within your organisation.
JobAccess is the national hub for workplace and employment information for people with disability, employers and service providers.
Assistance with the cost of making workplace adjustments is available through the Australian Government funded Employment Assistance Fund.
A number of organisations, such as Australian Network on Disability programs can provide further information and support.
JobAccess has information regarding your rights and responsibilities in the workplace.
Free training seminars are provided by the National Disability Recruitment Coordinator for employers to learn about creating job opportunities for people with disability and accessing services and financial support.
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.