Employing workers with disabilities is easy and cost-effective with government aid – Inside Small Business (Lisa Cox | January 2022)

Man in a powered wheelchair using a lift to access a modified vehicle.

When it comes to managing HR, the easiest way forward will usually be every CEO’s first choice. Unfortunately, for many of the highly skilled and qualified workers out there that have a visible disability, the perception that they’re going to be high maintenance employees keeps them from getting shortlisted as candidates. Not all disabilities require much extra consideration from employers, quite often it’s simply a matter of providing a safe and non-judgemental workplace and this is someone every human is entitled to, it shouldn’t be an extra consideration just for workers with additional needs.

We believe there are strong arguments for employers engaging people who live with a disability.  These are resilient people with useful and powerful insights into the challenges that confront Australia.  The realities of how they tackle everyday tasks mean they have great planning and flexibility, the existence of government supports if just a cherry on top,

The key to hiring new employees is always to keep an open dialogue. In that way, those with limitations or additional needs can safely express concerns or make requests around what they need in order to thrive and perform well within their roles.

There are also government assistance programs to make it easier and more cost-effective for the businesses that are employing workers that have additional needs. The NSW government, in particular, has taken an interest in boosting the support businesses receive that hire workers with disabilities so that it can happen more frequently.

Employment Assistance Fund
This fund seeks to make it easier for workers with disabilities to settle into the work environments and it also reduces the costs faced by employers by providing funding for work modification tools and services. Many business owners are unaware that this fund exists, with the help of this fund, workplaces can become more equitable and accessible to all workers. The Employment Assistance Fun will cover costs relating to;

We believe there are strong arguments for employers engaging people who live with a disability.  These are resilient people with useful and powerful insights into the challenges that confront Australia.  The realities of how they tackle everyday tasks mean they have great planning and flexibility, the existence of government supports if just a cherry on top,

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