Capacity building of employers is needed to grow disability employment

31 Jan 2017

Australia’s disability employment landscape is transforming. The National Disablity Insurance Scheme continues to be rolled out across Australia, with the expectation of direct employment growth. Changes to government programs for people with disability are also underway. 

In this context, SVA in partnership with the Australian Network on Disability (AND) are trialling a model to:

  • change employer perceptions of the cost and risk of employing people with disability
  • create sustainable changes across employers’ policies, processes and culture, and
  • improve employment pathways for people with disability.

This article looks at the model and the early findings from the trial, and is based on the report: High growth jobs, talented candidates, early learnings by AND and SVA.

The insights are useful for:

  • employers wanting to access the talents of people with disability, and
  • employment programs that seek to improve outcomes for job seekers with disability.

Known as the High Growth Jobs Talented Candidates (HGJTC) initiative, the trial is designed to increase employers’ capacity to employ people with disability and ensure a better job match. The model is unique as it focuses on both employer and job seeker needs.

The trial focuses on three high growth industries – healthcare and social assistance; knowledge; and food and accommodation services – to better prepare job seekers for jobs of the future. Participating employers are Accor Hotels, Australian Unity, Compass Group, Fujitsu, IAG, Infosys, Life Without Barriers and Uniting. Collectively, they employ 57,000 staff nationally.

The HGJTC initiative is part of the NSW Government’s Employment Enablement Strategy and is funded by the NSW Department of Family and Community Services. It builds on SVA’s experience with demand-led employment models.

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