Frequently asked questions
Why is there a focus on hiring people with disability?
In NSW, there are over 1.3 million people with disability. Approximately 650,000 are of working age and of this group, approximately 20% (close to 123,000) are able to work, but are currently unemployed.
What are the effects of discrimination for people with disability?
Outdated ideas about what people with disability can and can’t do is a barrier to inclusion in the workplace. Currently, people with disability are twice as likely to be unemployed (10%) compared to people without disability (5.3%). The time it takes for people with disability to find work is also generally significantly longer than for people without disability.
Are there benefits to businesses in employing people with disability?
The benefits of employing people with disability are overwhelmingly positive. Benefits include improved workplace culture and morale, additional skills added to the workplace, and that improves productivity and innovation. Find out more on our Benefits page or by watching or reading our case studies.
How can I employ a person with disability?
When looking for new people to join our business we all want the best candidate and that means assessing people based on skills and abilities. Our toolkit provides all the information you need to get started.
Support services are available to help you see the possibilities and confidently recruit people with disability. Find out more at our Job support services page.
Will employing people with disability cost more for my company?
In general, employing people with disability does not cost any more than employing someone without disability. Disability Employment Services offer job matching services and are available to help you find the right candidate for the job.
Assistance for workplace adjustments is available through the Australian Government’s Employment Assistance Fund.
How can you influence your employer /HR Team to consider employing people with disability?
Resources and information about next steps to hire people with disability are available in our Toolkit. In this kit you will find suggested copy to send to your company’s HR team to start the inclusion conversation in your organisation.
Are workers with disability more likely to take sick days or be injured at work, leading to compensation costs?
The answer to both questions is no.
An Australian Government review of research found that workers with disability are no more likely to be injured at work than other employees.
Employees with disability also generally take fewer sick days than other employees.
Are people with disability less likely to stay in the job if I hire them?
People with disability generally have longer retention rates than employees without disability. This means reduced staff turnover and savings on training and recruitment costs.
Watch our case studies to hear from employers about their hardworking, loyal employees with disability who are delivering consistently high-quality outputs.
If you are a person with disability where can you go to find a job?
Finding a job can be a daunting task for anyone. There is so much that you, a person with disability, can bring to a workplace - fresh ideas, new perspectives and a wealth of knowledge and skills. Check out our Jobseekers page for ideas and first steps to find the ideal job for you.
How can I find out more?