National project to increase meaningful employment opportunities for disabled people launched in Australia
The Australian Human Rights Commission’s (AHRC) has developed a web-based portal as part of its IncludeAbility project, an initiative aimed at increasing meaningful employment opportunities for disabled people.
The IncludeAbility portal hosts a range of resources that support employers and disabled people who are seeking employment, developing their career or considering self-employment. The guides and fact sheets cover topics such as:
- creating an accessible workplace
- attracting and recruiting disabled people
- identifying as a disabled person in the workplace
- finding accessible and inclusive employers
More than 4 million people in Australia have a disability, yet this significant part of the population are being left behind in the labour market. In 2011, Australia ranked 21st out of 29 countries in the OECD for the employment of people with disability, and little has improved since.
The national initiative is led by the AHRC’s Disability Discrimination Commissioner, Dr Ben Gauntlett. As well as the web-based portal, the project includes:
- creation of an Employer Network, in which members commit to practices that improving employment conditions for disabled people
- an Ambassador Advisory Group comprised of individuals with lived experience of disability to support the aims of the Employer Network
- co-designing pilot programs that support meaningful employment of disabled people