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Background

 
In July 2013, the then Minister for Employment Participation, Hon Kate Ellis, advised Australians for Disability and Diversity Employment (ADDE) Inc. that the Australian Government would be providing $41,000 to a number of national disability organisations, including ADDE to assist in improving the delivery of Disability Employment Services (DES). The specific purpose of the one off funding grant was to lift consumer engagement and knowledge of the DES program, facilitate provision of consumer advice to the Government about the needs of people with disabilities in the context of the DES, and look at ways to improve future Disability Employment Services. The Australian Government further indicated that a major focus of the funding is to enable the Government ‘to hear about issues affecting the client group your organisation represents in order to improve DES,’ in order to ‘better assist this group to effectively access information on DES and to hear how we could improve program performance.’
 
The project commenced early in the 2013/14 financial year and was to be completed by 30 June 2014.
 
Our obligations in accepting the one off funding grant included:
a consumer engagement strategy to be provided no later than 1 September 2013;
a mid-term progress report to be provided by 1 February 2014;
a statement or declaration that funds made available under the project were expended for the project, by 31 July 2014.
 

Accessing Graduate Talent Research project

 

Ready for Work - Graduates with Disablities
Research Report: Julie Farthing and Mark Glascodine, September 2013

 

The research project was based on the contention that Australia is currently experiencing challenges in the facilitation if students with disability into graduate roles. The evidence bas for this is largely anecdotal as data collection methods are unreliable and irregular and results inconclusiv e. The intended outcomes of the research were to:

 

1. Identify and document the core issues and concerns through the experience and perceptions of different stakeholder groups.

 

2. Discover what is already being done to address and overcome these issues and concerns, and what success had been achieved (appreciative inquiry).

 

3. Recommend specific strategies to improve outcomes for graduates with disabilities.

 

4. Inform further research in order to better understand the situation and the key issues. Our research was qualitative in nature, adopting a ‘breadth’ rather than ‘depth’ approach in order to represent the various stakeholder groups.

 

Disability Employment Partnering for Success workshops and forums.

 

Australians for Disability and Diversity Employment (ADDE) Inc. in partnership with Australian Federation of Disability Organisations (AFDO) delivered a series of attitudinal change workshops and forums to achieve improved employment outcomes for people with disability. The Project aimed to raise awareness of disability employment issues and to promote the services available to prospective employers from DES Providers.

 

This project was undertaken in the two main regional launch sites for the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS); the Hunter NSW and Barwon Victoria regions. The Hunter region included Newcastle, Maitland and Lake Macquarie, and Barwon included the City of Greater Geelong, the Colac-Otway Shire, the Borough of Queenscliff and the Surf Coast Shire

 

. This project aimed to present twelve attitudinal change workshops and two forums facilitated in the two regions. The attitudinal change workshops were run ‘in house’ and undertook an analysis of the current disability employment situation, group discussions on the best practice used in national disability and diversity employment award winners and brainstorming for what the organisation could implement itself. Case studies of best practice employers are also examined in detail.

 

Workshops were tailored to the individual organisation and designed to build improved networks between potential employers and DES Providers. The workshops also aim to increase the employers’ knowledge of disability and awareness of programs and financial assistance available. Workshops were run for Barwon Water, TAC Geelong, Pathways Deakin University Geelong, SurfCoast Council, Golden Plains Council, City of Geelong Council, Leadership Geelong, Newcastle Tafe, Newcastle University, Lake Macquarie council and the HunterNet.

 

Two public forums were held with keynote speakers Graeme Innes, Human Rights Commissioner, Rob Watkins, State Manager NDIS NSW and Alex Gunning, Marketing Manager NDIS.

 

Partnering for Success Disability Employment

 

Partnering for Success Disability Employment Workshop testimonials

Deakin University
It was terrific to have such a diverse group of managers/supervisors and HR colleagues in the room and my team will use this as the start of a conversation about a deliberate strategy to increase employment opportunities for people with disability across Deakin, and to retain current staff who have or acquire a disability at their maximum levels of wellbeing and productivity.

 Barwon Water
The facilitators brought their own personal insight and wealth of knowledge to engage with a cross section of the organisation which has inspired and motivated us to champion activities to support our Disability Action Plan and other activities.  This workshop was the ideal opportunity to:  build awareness and knowledge of barriers; and identify and implement strategies aimed at removing barriers to employment and access to Barwon Water’s services and facilitates for people with a disability. 

 



 
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