Are you a business employing people with disability?

Find out what support is available to businesses who are breaking down disability barriers…

Mechanic in a wheel chair using machinery

Did you know that one in five Australians live with disability!

On 3 December we celebrated International Day of People with Disability (IDPwD), a United Nations sanctioned day held every year. The aim of the day is to increase public awareness, understanding and acceptance and celebrate the achievements of the 4 million Australians who live with a disability.

Employing people with disability

Are you looking to employ staff? Employing people with disability is a great way to make a positive change to someone’s life, and also provide an opportunity to tap into to a vast pool of talent to enhance your business’s workplace diversity!

People with disability make up 10 per cent of the total Australian workforce in all types of industries and bring a range of skills, qualifications, talents and experience to Australian businesses.

What support is on offer for businesses?

The Australian Government provides a range of services to help businesses create rewarding job opportunities for people with disability.

JobAccess is the Australian Government’s national hub for workplace and employment information for people with disability, employers and service providers.

JobAccess can help businesses:

  • create jobs for people with disability
  • get financial support for employees with disability and workplace modifications
  • recruit and retain the right people.

To find out more, check out the JobAccess website, or contact a JobAccess Adviser by phoning 1800 464 800.

Case Study – Glow Cosmetics

Glow Cosmetics is a Tasmanian family-based business committed to employing people with disabilities. The company manufactures and sells cosmetics and skin care products, with five stores across the state retailing its own Mineral Glow range and other lines. Glow Cosmetics received a grant through the Australian Government Innovation and Investment Fund – Tasmania in 2015. The company matched this funding to upgrade its manufacturing and packing facility in Burnie where Glow can now provide employment opportunities for local people with disabilities.

Business innovation – government support to break down barriers

Are you researching, developing or commercialising new products or services?

The Australian Government provides a range of services and programs to support business innovation, R&D and commercialisation. Many businesses are using these to create and commercialise products that break down barriers and empower people with disability.

Case Study – Hansa Sailing

Nowra company Hansa Sailing manufactures and exports accessible sail craft that make recreational sailing and racing fun for everyone. Over 2,600 Hansa boats are on the water in 34 countries and were used at the Rio 2016 Paralympic Games. The company has used the R&D Tax Incentive to offset some of the cost of its research and development activities.

Skipper quadriplegic and crew incomplete quad in the Hansa Sailing Boat, sailing on the water. 

Skipper Dan Fitzgibbon (quadriplegic) and crew Liesl Tesch (incomplete quad) in the Hansa Sailing SKUD18 were Gold medal winners at both the London and Rio Paralympics.

Case Study – SMART Arm

Arm paralysis affects around 80 per cent of people disabled by stroke. The SMART Arm is a non-robotic training device that helps stroke survivors rehabilitate arm function. Because it’s interactive, the survivor can practise independently and direct their own rehabilitation. Expert advice and support through the Entrepreneurs’ Programme Accelerating Commercialisation element is helping the creators of SMART Arm realise its market potential.

Stroke survivor sitting using SMART Arm with inventor  Dr Ruth Barker.

Stroke survivor Adrian Heald and SMART Arm inventor, physiotherapist Dr Ruth Barker.

Read the full story of the SMART Arm on the customer story page.

Industry-led collaborations transforming lives

The Australian Government’s Cooperative Research Centres (CRC) Programme supports industry-led research partnerships between business, researchers and the community. CRCs tackle challenges to deliver tangible outcomes to improve the competitiveness, productivity and sustainability of Australian industries.

Collaborations such as the HEARing CRC, CRC for Mental Health and Autism CRC enable researchers to work with industry to provide practical solutions that transform lives.

Case Study – Autism CRC

Autism is among the most complex, prevalent and heritable of all neurodevelopmental conditions. Diagnoses has increased 25-fold in the past 30 years. In a world first, Autism CRC researchers are working with industry and people living with autism to provide practical solutions for governments, service providers, education and health professionals to transform the lives of people on the autism spectrum and their families.

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