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We all have a role to play, to increase employment opportunities for people with disability. We can all take steps – as an employer and/or co-worker – to ensure that our businesses and workplaces are accessible, inclusive and responsive to Queenslanders with disability.

Government  

The Queensland Government is committed to increasing employment opportunities for Queenslanders with disability, both within the public and private sector and has set a target that people with disability will make up 8 per cent of Queensland Public Sector workforce by 2022.

Employers/Private Industry  

All business owners, employers, big and small and recruiters can play a role in making Queensland a state where everyone can take up employment opportunities. Here are ten tips to help you do this:

  1. Before you advertise a position, check the job description – does it really reflect the essential requirements of the role?  Could there be some flexibility in some of the requirements?
  2. When you advertise the position online, make sure the advertisement is available in Word or RTF as well as PDF versions so it can be read by people using screen readers. Also, consider including a statement encouraging people with disability to apply.
  3. Think about the process. A standard written application and interview may not be the best way for all candidates to tell you about their experience and skills. Could people submit a Youtube video or demonstrate their skills in a work sample test?
  4. Ask shortlisted candidates if they require assistance so you are prepared – for instance, is an Auslan interpreter needed at the interview?
  5. Ask the person if they need any adjustments to the workplace to perform the role. Most adjustments are simple and inexpensive. Flexible working arrangements may be helpful. If equipment or physical changes are required, funding is available. Find out more by visiting the Australian Government's Job Access website.   
  6. Remember – the person has disclosed their disability to you during the recruitment process, but this information is confidential. Ask them what, if anything, they would like others in the workplace to know.
  7. Make sure all staff know the accessibility features of your workplace – i.e. the closest accessible parking, location of accessible toilets, ramp/lift access.
  8. Make sure your company’s website complies with contemporary accessibility guidelines. Provide information in multiple formats. Include stories of people who have disability who are working for you, or a statement about how your company is working towards creating a more inclusive workplace.
  9. Develop a Disability Action Plan to identify opportunities to employ people with disability and to improve accessibility over time.
  10. Encourage staff to become disability aware. This will help with employing people, and with providing great customer service to people with disability. Free online training available from the Disability Awareness website.

Based on Australian Human Rights Commission’s A step-by-step guide to preventing discrimination in recruitment.

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