International Day of People with Disability

Increase public awareness, understanding and acceptance of people with a disability.

Volunteers working together at Bakery Workshop

December 3 is 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 4.3 million Australians who live with a disability.

This year’s theme is ‘Transformation towards sustainable and resilient society for all.’

How can you celebrate the day?

To help break down barriers and celebrate abilities, you can host an event in your business.

You may not be able to host an event, but you can raise awareness by simply starting a conversation about disability.  

Employing people with disability

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

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.

The Australian Government provides a range of services to help businesses create rewarding job opportunities for people with disability, such as:

  • JobAccess is a national hub for workplace and employment information for people with disability, employers and service providers.
  • Read out information on Disability support for employers.

Industry-led collaborations transforming lives

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

Collaborations supported by the CRC Program have enabled practical solutions that transform lives for people living with a disability, you can read a few of the stories:

  • HEARing CRC – delivering sound value to Australia’s hearing healthcare system.
  • Autism CRC – new group of skilled workers to bring home the bacon.

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