NDS applauds public sector disability employment action plan 2018–2025
The Victorian Minister for Housing, Disability and Ageing Martin Foley announced the launch of the state’s first disability employment action plan yesterday. The aim of the plan is to support more Victorians with disability to create meaningful careers in the public sector.
In preparing the action plan, the Victorian Government is taking action to ensure the social and economic participation of people with disability by ensuring their access to employment pathways. The Plan also sets a clear example to the private sector that practical steps can be taken to engage and support people with disability who remain largely an untapped source of potential employment.
The Getting to Work Action Plan is the Victorian Public Sector’s blueprint for creating safe, inclusive and respectful workplaces free from discrimination.
The plan addresses the attraction, recruitment, retention and progression of people with disability, and includes ways to support prospective and existing employees with disability and their managers. It outlines 21 actions for the government to raise the number of people with disability working in the public sector, such as:
- Implement a strong communications, marketing and engagement plan, in accessible formats, to promote the benefits of working the public sector
- Implement disability awareness and confidence training for all levels of the Victorian Public Sector (VPS)
- Scope new recruitment models for candidates who require alternative methods of assessment, such as fast track to interview, work experience and allowing role matching to skills
The plan intends to raise the percentage of employees with disability from four per cent to six per cent by 2020, and then to 12 per cent by 2025, as part of a commitment in Every opportunity: Victorian economic participation plan for people with disability 2018–20.