There is a huge opportunity for businesses to widen their recruitment pool of potential employees by including people with disability.
A disability may be generally defined as a condition which may restrict a person’s mental, sensory, or mobility functions to undertake or perform a task in the same way as a person who does not have a disability. It does not mean that a person with disability is unable to perform important requirements of a job.
Studies show that people with disability:
- are motivated, committed and productive
- take fewer days off and take less sick leave
- stay in a job longer than other workers
- perform as well as other employees
- are no more likely to be injured in the workplace than other employees.
Employing people with disability also builds strong and lasting relationships among your staff, customers and the community by promoting workplace diversity in your business.
Support and resources for employers
There is a range of support available for employers of people with disability. Check out the below initiative to find out more.
- Job Access(open in new window)
- People with Disability WA(open in new window)
- Disability Jobs Connect program(open in new window)
- Australian Network on Disability (open in new window)
- Tourism WA accessibility(open in new window)
There is the following financial support available to businesses that employ a person with disability.
Are you a tourism business?
Tourism WA has produced a resource to encourage the tourism industry to be more aware and comfortable about accessibility and making the necessary adjustments to cater for this important sector. Visit their website(open in new window) to learn more about the guidelines.
Australian Tourism Export Council has also created the Accessible and Inclusive Host program(open in new window). The program will help you understand the needs of travellers with different functional and cognitive impairments, including senior travellers. You will learn what influences their travel decisions and how best to attract and retain members of this large and growing travel segment.