Equal Opportunity Workplaces

Bendigo Regional HR Network

The Benefits of Employing Someone with a Disability

  • Are you committed to equal opportunities? – 77% of the public think more highly of companies who make an effort to employ people with a disability (Charity Awareness Monitor UK 2004)
  • Do you lack first- hand knowledge to reach you disabled customer base (approx.. 20% of the population?
  • Would your managers benefit from the challenge of supporting a diverse team? Employing someone with a disability will give your managers and other key staff an opportunity to step up
  • Does your team lack morale? Is there a high rate of sickness? – many people with a learning disability have been excluded from the workplace for a long time, and are very keen to work hard. Their enthusiasm is infectious. Team dynamics and overall performance have been shown to improve as a result of employing someone with a learning disability
  • Do you have trouble recruiting for certain positions or tasks? – these positions or jobs may be ideal for someone with a learning disability
  • Do you need to recruit and retain loyal, hard-working staff? There is evidence to support the fact that people with a learning disability stay with one employer for a longer time, and take less sickies. They also have less work injuries and as a consequence lost time. Costs to business are as low as 34% of the non disabled work force

Types of Jobs

  • In an office or admin setting – compiling files or information packs, sending out the post, photocopying, labelling envelopes, answering phones and taking messages, running errands, including a lunch run or coffee run, stock (paper/pens, etc) distribution
  • In a retail setting – stock replenishment, helping shoppers find goods, facing up stock, pricing goods, warehouse, stock control

What sort of assistance is available to employers?

(via the Employment Assistance Fund 1800 464 800 – www.jobaccess.gov.au)

  • The costs of modifications to the physical work environment
  • The costs of modifying work vehicles
  • Adaptive equipment for the workplace
  • Information and communication devices
  • Auslan interpreting
  • Disability awareness training for all staff
  • Deafness awareness training for all staff
  • Mental health first aid training for all staff
  • Specialist services for employees with specific learning disorders and mental health conditions.
  • On the job or off site support to ensure new employees with a disability settle into their job
  • Professional recruitment advice and job matching
  • Help with job design
  • Ongoing support for as long as it is required, for employees and employers who require support to maintain their employment

You may also find this site helpful – www.jobsearch.gov.au

Busting Disability Myths

Discrimination Presentation – Jessica Duff

Employing someone with a disability – Cath McDonald

What is the NDRC – fact sheet

Bendigo Office

386 Hargreaves Street
Bendigo, Victoria 3550
Phone: 03 5434 6666
Fax: 03 5434 6667

Castlemaine Office

157 Barker Street
Castlemaine, Victoria 3450
Phone: 03 5472 1588
Fax: 03 5472 4808

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We acknowledge and extend our appreciation for the Dja Dja Wurrung People, the Traditional Owners of the land that we live and work on, and pay our respects to leaders and Elders past, present and emerging.

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