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Government called on to employ more people with disability in public service

Wed, 28 Mar 2018, 04:13 PM

Luke Michael, Pro Bono News, 26 March 2018
In 2017, just 3.6 per cent of Australian Public Service (APS) employees identified as having a disability, compared to 6.6 per cent in 1986.
While there are no employment targets in place for public servants at a federal level, state governments in Victoria, Queensland and New South Wales recently announced targets to increase the employment of people with a disability in the public sector.
In February, Victoria announced a public service disability employment target of 6 per cent by 2020, as part of an economic participation plan for people with disability.
“Like anyone else, people with a disability can work, and want to work – yet many Victorians still face barriers to entering the workforce,” Victorian disability minister Martin Foley said.
“We are charting a path to change – and we all need to grab the opportunity to deliver for some of the most vulnerable in our community.”
Queensland has set an 8 per cent target by 2022, while NSW wants to boost public service disability employment from 2.7 per cent to 5.6 per cent by 2027.
Vision 2020 Australia – which advocates for the blind and vision impaired – has urged the federal government to show leadership by implementing a disability employment target of 7 per cent for the APS by 2023. 
CEO Carla Northam lauded the action taken by the Victorian, NSW and Queensland governments.
“Access to meaningful employment free from discrimination is a fundamental human right for all Australians,” Northam said.
“People with disability have a range of skills, capabilities and interests to bring to the workforce. Setting specific measurable targets and establishing a plan to meet them is an effective way to improve disability inclusion in the workplace; improving accountability and transparency.”
Vision 2020 Australia released a position statement in October 2017, calling for meaningful employment for people with disability in the APS.
It noted that for the nearly one in seven working aged Australians living with a disability, the workforce participation rate was just 53.4 per cent, compared to 83.2 per cent for the rest of the population.
It said that there had also been a decline of people with disability in the APS workforce.
“While the [APS] is a major employer across Australia, there has been a consistent decline in the inclusion of people who identify as having a disability in the APS workforce, from 6.6 per cent in 1986, down to 4.1 per cent in 2005 [and] 3.74 per cent in 2016,” the statement said.
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  • Akhlaq Ahmad on Wed, 04 Apr 2018, 01:01 PM:

    looking for work no one help

  • Kaz on Sun, 17 Jun 2018, 06:54 PM:

    I previously worked in the disability employment sector in NSW and our organization challenged many government departments on this issue. The Disability Action Plans to include people with disabilities focused on people returning to their existing jobs who had injuries I.e. minor back injuries, RSI and required very minor modifications. It was an absolute joke. I believe we need a very clear cut definition of disability not return to work status and at least 10%.

  • Shan on Thu, 19 Jul 2018, 09:12 PM:

    I injured at work in 2016. Since then I am trying to get suitable employment however still not successful. I am accounting Graduate.

  • Retanne O'Leary on Fri, 26 Apr 2019, 07:42 PM:

    This is a very important mandate with which I would love to offer my support

  • Maneet kaur on Wed, 27 Nov 2019, 05:20 AM:

    Want work with no one help