Finding and keeping a job
People with disability can face barriers when it comes to entering the workforce. Learn more about how to overcome these and find an inclusive workplace that you love!
Finding and retaining a job can be a daunting task for many people with disability. Job hunting can produce a lot of stress and anxiety, particularly if you aren’t sure where to start or how to find a workplace that will accommodate any needs you may have.
Having a job is a great way to increase your independence. It allows you to learn new skills, meet new people and take on more responsibilities. And, it allows you to earn an income!
People with disability may also face barriers when it comes to job-seeking, with only 53.4% currently in the labour force (compared to 84.1% of people without disability). People with disability may be overlooked when it comes to job recruitment, and some employers may not have enough willingness to create flexible environments or make adjustments to their workplace.
However, there are many workplaces in Australia who are highly inclusive! Here’s how to find them!
Inclusive workplaces are everywhere, but you may not know how to find them! There are several avenues and organisations to support you in your job hunting.
JobAccess is the government hub for disability employment in Australia. Their goal is to educate and connect people with disability and employers in order to drive disability employment across the country.
JobAccess connects people with disability to other government services, such as financial assistance, training and development programs, employment services and the NDIS.
JobAccess also has a list of current job vacancies from workplaces who are inclusive and proactive in employing people with disability.
If you have a NDIS Plan, you can access a range of employment and work-related services (if getting a job aligns with your current NDIS goals of course!).
Some job-related supports that may be funded by the NDIS are:
The Disability Employment Services is a government organisation which helps people with disability find and keep a job.
They help throughout the entire journey, offering career advice, employment preparation, resume development, and training. Once you find a job, they are also there to help you succeed in your job (if you need help), as well as offer assistance and funding for any workplace modifications you require.
The Employment Assistance Fund (EAF) offers financial assistance to people with disability. The funding can be used for modifications to your workplace, equipment, or support services related to your work.
To be eligible for the EAF, you must be a person with disability who is just starting a new job, already working, or self-employed.
Some of the services and items that the EAF may be able to help with are:
The Australian Network on Disability works with people with disability, leading businesses and government networks throughout Australia to remove the barriers that prevent people with disability from finding and keeping jobs.
If you are lacking confidence or experience to apply for a job, this organisation can connect you with a mentor who will sharpen your skills and knowledge and get you ready for your new career!
If you’re studying and are in your final years at university, The Australian Network on Disability has in place a wide number of partnerships with inclusive companies, and can set you up with a fantastic internship.
They also have a great Jobseeker Toolkit, with templates to help you put together your cover letter and resume as well as tips for interviews, common questions asked at interviews and some questions you can ask of a prospective employer.
Do you worry about how you should disclose your disability to a potential employer? The Australian Network on Disability offers advice on how to share your disability information as well as your rights during the recruitment process.
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