Having a job is important to make someone feel like they are a part of the community as well as for their economic independence. Living with a disability can impact on a person’s ability to get a paying job, as well as the number of opportunities available to them.
There are 2.1 million Australians of working age with disability. Of these, one million are employed. This means that 53.4 per cent of working age people with disability are in the labour force, compared to 83.2 per cent of people without a disability.
Source: ABS 4430.0 – Disability, Ageing and Carers, Australia: Summary of Findings, 2015 http://linkis.com/www.abs.gov.au/ausst/Il7gj
Job Access helps people with disability find and keep jobs, get promoted to better jobs, and upgrade or expand their workplace skills.
Employer Toolkit: This toolkit includes short video guides and downloadable resources with practical advice on disability and employment – from inclusive policies and recruitment, to workplace changes and managing staff.
Employee Assistance Fund (EAF) gives financial help to eligible people with a disability and mental health condition, as well as employers to buy work-related modifications and services. The EAF is available to people with disability who are about to start a job or who are currently working, as well as people who need help to find and prepare for a job. It is also available to people with disability who are self-employed and jobseekers who need Auslan assistance, or special work equipment to look for and prepare for a job.
Disclosure: Choosing Your Path. Disclosure: It’s A Personal Decision is a web-based resource published by Western Sydney University and the University of Ballarat http://westernsydney.edu.au/choosingyourpath
Australian Human Rights Commission gives advice about discrimination law and complaints. A Disability Action Plan is a strategy to help your organisation change business practices that could result in discrimination against people with disabilities. The Action Plan helps businesses to work out these practices and offers ways to change and showcase their commitment.
Workers with Mental Illness: A Practical Guide for Managers provides managers with information on how to support workers with mental illness. It also provides managers with information about how to develop and promote a safe and healthy work environment for all workers.