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Jobs for people with disability: A plan for the NSW public sector

The Plan aims to increase the number of people with disability employed across the NSW public sector from an estimated 2.7 per cent to 5.6 per cent by 2027

What are we doing?

Jobs for people with disability: A plan for the NSW public sector sets out the Government’s vision to increase and retain the number of people with disability in the public sector over the next ten years.

It is a vision that will see positive change to the public sector.

Opportunities for change include:

  • using new and more accessible technologies and systems
  • designing workspaces so they are more accessible
  • adapting work environments to suit the needs of people with disability
  • offering more internships and graduate roles to people with disability.

This is a whole-of-Government plan, supported by Health, Education, Justice, Planning and Environment, Industry, Family and Community Services, and the Public Service Commission.

The Plan is underpinned by 4 strategic priorities.

The NSW Government will review how we recruit and make changes so we better meet the needs of people with disability.

This may include departments achieving ‘Disability Confident Recruiter’ status from the Australian Network on Disability or having a “Go To” person to support people with disability so reasonable adjustments can be made during the interview process.

We will:

  • develop sourcing and attraction strategies to encourage more people with disability to apply for jobs in the NSW public sector
  • partner with organisations that work with people with disability to develop targeted attraction and recruitment action
  • create a single point of contact for inclusion and accessibility support and advice
  • apply accessible recruitment practices through all phases of the recruitment process.

The NSW Government is committed to an inclusive culture in the public sector.

This includes making sure managers and leaders have the skills and confidence to support staff with disability, encouraging people with disability to feel confident to ask for any support they need, and making sure workspaces are accessibly designed and fitted out.

We will:

  • create a culture where people with disability feel confident and safe to identify as having a disability
  • build the capacity of people with disability to promote their interests
  • provide education and training to create ‘disability confident’ and accessible workplaces
  • train and support managers so employees with disability can easily access the flexible work arrangements they need
  • create a new sector-wide and streamlined adjustment service so employees with disability can quickly get the equipment and adjustments they need
  • require providers of goods and services to the NSW Government to meet social inclusion standards.

The NSW Government is committed to increasing the representation of people with disability across all levels of Government.

This includes providing training and development for people with disability and identifying ambassadors with disability in all levels of Government.

We will:

  • remove barriers to people with disability accessing the same training and development as their peers
  • promote the professional experience of people with disability and senior role models
  • adjust work and role design so more for people with disability can work and progress their careers in a wider range of roles
  • create more accessible entry points and pathways at various levels for people with disability into the NSW public sector.

The NSW Government will continuously review progress of the Plan and adapt it to meet the needs of people with disability in NSW.

This includes consulting people with disability, leading disability employment organisations and staff across departments.

We will:

  • drive innovation and leadership in the recruitment, retention and career development of people with disability
  • promote good practice and evidence-based activities in Disability Inclusion Action Planning
  • continue regular collection, monitoring and reporting of data to inform decisions and benchmark performance.

An implementation committee will be set up with members from all NSW public sector departments. The committee will identify areas of improvement, drive change and provide advice to public sector and Government leaders.

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