Government partnering with SEEK to improve employment outcomes for people with disability via JobAccess

A new partnership between JobAccess and SEEK will break down barriers to employment for Australians with disability.

Minister for Families and Social Services Anne Ruston said misconceptions must be broken down.

“We want Australians with disability to have choice and control over their lives,” Minister Ruston said.

“Workshops run by SEEK will utilise JobAccess resources to educate employers and business to minimise bias in recruitment practises and build inclusive workplaces.

“People with disability provide a compelling contribution to any organisation.”

SEEK Australia/New Zealand Managing Director Kendra Banks said: “We are delighted to be able to utilise the relationships we have with thousands of employers across Australia to showcase the JobAccess services to drive diversity in hiring.”

“We want to give employers the right information so they feel empowered to employ more Australians with disability. There are more than two million Australians aged 15 to 64 with disability, but only 53 per cent of that group participate in the workforce. Helping employers feel confident to hire people living with disability is another way SEEK can contribute to connecting more job seekers to jobs,” Ms Banks said.

The partnership is focused on educating and encouraging employers across Australia through a range of seminars to utilise JobAccess tools and resources to drive increased workforce participation of Australians living with disability.

JobAccess is the government’s national hub for workplace and employment information for people with disability, employers and service providers, providing free and confidential information. 

Seminars will build on the strength of the Australian Government’s Employ their Ability campaign, which highlighted the benefits of hiring people with disability and the government support services available to help.

The SEEK diversity and inclusion workshops will run throughout October 2019.