Web Resources and Statistics
The following are a range of resources available to employers and people with a disability:
- A Manager's Guide to Mental Health in the Workplace - hard copies available soon
- Assistive Technology Employer Resource Kit - a 2010 NDCO resource
- Employers Toolkit - interactive CD-Rom - available from the NDCO
- JobAccess - a one-stop shop for employers, co-workers, and people with a disability. The website is supported by a free professional telephone advice service - call 1800 464 800
- Opportunity (PDF 1.7 MB) - booklet produced by the Australian Network on Disability (AND) which articulates the business case for including people with disability as employees and customers
- How to Interview a Person with a Disability
- Benefits of Employing People with a Disability
- The Good, the Bad and the Ugly: Design and Construction for Access - Australian Human Rights Commission website which helps you check the accessibility and design of your work environment
- Communicating with People with a Disability - an easy to read booklet
- Choosing Your Path: Disclosure, It's a Personal Decision - when to disclose, rights and responsibilities! A resource for employers, educators, and people with a disability
- Workplace Modifications Scheme - on the JobAccess website
- Conciliated Outcomes - Employment - Australian Human Rights Commission website
Source: Diversity@work website and Australian Network on Disability website
- Almost 4 million Australians have a disability - that's 1 in 5
- 2.2 million Australians of working age (15-64) have a disability
- A disability is any condition that restricts a person's mental, sensory or mobility functions. It could be caused by accident, trauma, genetics or disease
- A disability may be temporary or permanent, total or partial, lifelong or acquired, visible or invisible.
- The majority - 88% - of disabilities are invisible
- 1 in 5 Australians will experience a mental health problem at some point in their lives
- In 2003, 53.2% of people with a disability participated in the labour force compared to 80.6% of people without a disability.
- The Disability Discrimination Act (1992) requires employers to provide adjustments whenever it is necessary, possible and reasonable to do so - these adjustments could be any administrative, physical, or procedural accommodations made in a workplace to enable a person with a disability to work effectively, such as an enlarged computer screen or flexible hours.
- Australian research indicates that 86% of all such adjustments cost less than $500 and most can be implemented quickly. Government financial assistance may also be available to employers in some cases.
- Percentage of Australians with a disability in 1981 - 15%
- Percentage of Australians with a disability in 1998 - 19%
- Percentage of Australians with a disability in 2003 - 20%
- 3.2 million people say they are restricted in carrying out one or more daily activities, such as self care, mobility and communication.
- People with disabilities have disposable income of $54 billion per annum