There are some great reasons why Australia needs to adapt its workforce.  Our society is ageing, we need people to stay in the workforce for longer and we need to attract people who are not in the workforce, but who are able to work.

Many industries have large skill and labour shortages.  Employers need to make use of Australia’s un-tapped workforce to meet the needs of business.

Strengthen your business by employing people with disability

Like all employees, people with disability bring a range of skills, talents and abilities to the workplace. They work in all sorts of jobs with many holding tertiary and trade qualifications. Many businesses already employ people with disability because it makes good business sense.

Employees with disability are:

  • Reliable – people with disability take fewer days off, take less sick leave and stay in jobs longer than other workers
  • Productive – once in the right job, people with disability perform as well as other employees
  • Affordable – recruitment, insurance cover and compensation costs are lower.  People with disability have fewer compensation incidents and accidents at work in comparison to other employees, and
  • Good for business – People with disability build strong connections with customers. They boost staff morale and loyalty by helping to create a diverse workforce.  Teamwork is enhanced. Real cost savings are realised through less turnover, recruitment and retraining costs. Hiring people with disability adds to the organisation’s overall diversity.  It builds the company’s image among its staff, community and customers.

Help for employers and managers

Help available

Relax! You don't have to be the expert. There is free help and support available if you need it.

Financial help and wages

There is financial help and wage information available when employing a person with disability.

Training and development for you and your staff

Increase your confidence and the confidence of your staff when interacting with people with disability.  There are free courses available or financial assistance for eligible employers.

Before you start

You may have some questions or require additional information about the process before you start.

Recruiting new staff

Step by step information—from the recruitment process through to assisting new employees with disability.

Supporting and retaining staff

Supporting and retaining employees can save your business time and money by keeping valuable skills that may be difficult to replace. 

Managing a return to work

Managing a successful return to work for an employee with disability requires some simple planning by both you and your employee.

Being a disability confident organisation

Statistics show that people with disability make up a significant portion of your staff and customer base. Are you the employer of choice for talented and skilled people with disability? Are the needs of your staff and customers with disability being met?

Case studies and success stories

Share the experiences of other employers who have employed people with disability.

Tool kits

Our tool kits, checklists and step by step guides will provide you with practical information and advice.

Post a vacancy online

Post a job vacancy on one of Australia's largest online job board—Australian JobSearch!

Not sure where to start?

The JobAccess Advisers can help you with free, confidential advice. Contact them on 1800 464 800 or online:


Australian Bureau of Statistics 2003, Disability, Ageing and Carers: Summary of Findings, Australian Bureau of Statistics, Canberra.

Graffam, J, Shinkfield, A, Smith, K, and Polzin, U 2002, ‘Employer benefits and costs of employing a person with a disability’, Journal of Vocational Rehabilitation, vol. 17, pp. 251-263.

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