For organisations with an inclusive employment strategy, a diverse workplace can bring new perspectives and greater awareness of business opportunities in the market place.
Please use this information to help your organisation move towards inclusive recruitment.
Diversity Council Australia is the independent, non-profit workplace diversity advisor to business in Australia.
Lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and intersex recruitment
Pride in Diversity is the national not-for-profit employer support program for LGBTI workplace inclusion specialising in HR, organisational change and workplace diversity. Pride in Diversity publishes the Australian Workplace Equality Index, Australia’s national benchmarking instrument for LGBTI workplace inclusion from which Top Employers for LGBTI people is determined.
Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander recruitment
The Department of Jobs and Small Business has a range of financial incentives from the Australian Government that can help hire an Indigenous Australian.
Indigenous Employment Australia is a jobs search site for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people.
JobAccess help and workplace solutions for the employment of people with disability.
Australian Network on Disability is a non-profit organisation which seeks to advance the inclusion of people with disability in all aspects of business.
Disability Employment Australia is the peak industry body for Australia’s Disability Employment Services (DES).
Disability Works Australia is a charity established to facilitate the provision of employment for people with a disability by providing employers with access to a single, effective contact point for recruiting people with disabilities.
Myths and facts about employing people with disabilities
“Hiring employees with a disability increases workers' compensation insurance premiums.”
An individual employee with a disability will not affect an organisation’s workers' compensation premium, as no weight is placed on whether or not an organisation has employed a person with a disability.
Workers' compensation insurance premiums are based on an organisation’s industry type and its relative hazards or risks. They are also based upon the size of an organisation and the number of employees along with the organisation’s previous history of accident claims.
“Providing equipment for people with disabilities is expensive.”
The majority of workers with disabilities do not need special equipment to perform their jobs, and for those who do, the cost is usually minimal.
The Australian Government through JobAccess service supports the employment of people with disability with an Employment Assistance Fund to make it even easier for businesses to cover workplace modifications and accessibility costs through the reimbursement of initial costs associated for work related modifications and services. Additionally, modifications made for employees with disabilities may also be of benefit to organisations with an ageing work force.
“People with disability will not ’fit in’ at my workplace.”
Working with a person with a disability is no different than working with any other employee. People with disabilities are individuals – some are easy to work with, others are more complex, like everyone else. People with a disability bring diversity to the workplace, which has a distinct positive impact on staff morale.
“People with disabilities are not as productive as other workers.”
In a study conducted on behalf of Telstra Australia in 1999 it was found that there was no significant difference in people with disabilities compared to people without disability in the area of performance, productivity and sales. Similarly, studies in the USA by DuPont in 1990 found that there was little difference between people with disabilities and other people when comparing levels of productivity.
“People with disabilities are more likely to be at risk of accidents.”
Studies have shown that employees with disabilities have fewer accidents at work and significantly fewer recorded workers’ compensation incidents.
In a study conducted by the Australian Safety and Compensation Council (ASCC) it found that the incidence of occupational injury is lower in people with disabilities and that workers with disabilities were often more aware of safety in the workplace and performed significantly higher than their co-workers without a disability in the area of safety.
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