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Working paper

Councils as employers of choice

How hiring and procurement decisions can create employment for people with disability
Disability Disability awareness Disability employment Local government Social procurement

This paper was inspired by the Bayside Regional Partnership Disability Employment Project, an initiative of the Brotherhood of St Laurence National Disability Insurance Scheme Local Area Coordination Team, the Brotherhood of St Laurence Research and Policy Centre and the seven local governments servicing the Bayside Peninsula Region— Bayside, Frankston, Glen Eira, Kingston, Mornington Peninsula, Port Philip and Stonnington. The aim of the project is to support Victorian local governments in becoming employers of choice for people with disability specifically through hiring and procurement processes.

This paper is divided into three sections.

Section one outlines Australia’s disability legislative and policy context and explores the role that local government and Local Area Coordinators (LACs) play in facilitating employment opportunities for people with disability.

Section two gives a brief synthesis of good practice disability employment recommendations for employers. As there is already an abundance of research, this section is intended to offer only a summary of existing knowledge and provide references for deeper exploration.

Section three looks at social procurement as an inclusive employment strategy. It explores the different steps local governments might take in developing an organisational strategy for purchasing socially.

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