Disability Workforce Action Plan and Staff with Disability Network

Page last updated: 26 September 2011

Disability Workforce Action Plan

The Department continues to build a safe, inclusive and diverse workforce to reflect the population of Australia that the Department represents. Striving to be an employer of choice, the Department strongly supports and encourages people with disability to join its workforce.

The Disability Workforce Action Plan outlines strategies to attract and retain staff with disability, develop and support staff with disability, support managers and colleagues to support staff with disability and develop and promote disability confidence. The Plan was developed in consultation with stakeholders both internal and external and aligns with the Department’s People Strategy 2010-15 and the broader Diversity Framework.

The Disability Workforce Action Plan incorporates the relevant better practice strategies identified by the Management Advisory Committee (MAC) in its 2006 report, Employment of People with Disability in the APS and the Australian Public Service Commission’s 2007 toolkit, Ability at Work: Tapping the talent of people with disability, a Good Practice Guide.

The department is a Gold Member of the Australian Network on Disability and utilises resources developed by AND.

Disability Workforce Action Plan 2011-2015 (html)
Disability Workforce Action Plan 2011-2015 (Word 104 KB)

Staff with Disability Network

The department is committed to maintaining the Staff with Disability Network which was established in 2010 to support staff with disability and provide a forum for staff with disability to speak up with confidence regarding issues and challenges. Network objectives include:
  • Provision of advice on procedures and policies that impact on staff with disability whether directly or indirectly;
  • Identifying opportunities for provision of education and awareness raising activities to the broader Departmental community;
  • Provision of support and advocacy for staff with disability, including mentoring, advising on reasonable adjustments and related policy; and
  • Informing the Departmental Executive and senior leaders of issues and challenges for staff with disability.

Membership to the Network is open to any and all staff members impacted by disability whether living with or supporting a person with disability.