Life Without Barriers is committed to providing an inclusive and accessible workplace to enable people with disability to participate fully in all aspects of employment.
Our recent work
Disability Ability Wellness Network (DAWN)
Our Disability Ability Wellness Network (DAWN) serves as a network and resource for employees with disability and their allies.
“Seeing DAWN grow as a space where employees with disability and their allies come together has been fantastic to see. Facilitating our ‘You Can’t Ask That’ style event for International Day of People with Disability last year gave us the opportunity to tell our stories and educate others on how to better support employees with a disability.”
Disability Confident Recruiter
Life Without Barriers was first awarded Disability Confident Recruiter (DCR) status by the Australian Network on Disability (AND) in 2019. We reaffirmed our commitment to providing a barrier-free and inclusive recruitment process for people with disability through the renewal of our DCR status in 2020.
Measuring our progress
Life Without Barriers is an active participant in the Australian Network on Disability’s Access and Inclusion Index. It helps us monitor our progress and continuously improve.
Real life stories from some of our team members
Meet Paul, Financial Accountant
“With Life Without Barriers, the difference is that I don’t have to ask. People come up to me and say, ‘Is tha...
Meet Paul, Case Manager
Paul’s experience of being a person with disability in the workforce hasn’t always been positive.
Creating opportunities for inclusion through employment
Every member of our Life Without Barriers team is committed to employing more people living with disability. Between June 2020 and June 2021, Life Without Barriers welcomed 100 skilled and talented new employees with disability who shared this information with us during the recruitment and onboarding process. The number of employees with disability sharing this information through anonymous surveys increased from 9% in 2018 (Employee Engagement Survey) to 14% in 2021 (D&I Survey).
Life Without Barriers continues to work toward an inclusive and accessible workplace for people with disability through our Accessibility Inclusion and Employment Plan (AIEP) 2019-2022.
Why create an Accessibility Inclusion and Employment Plan?
Everyone deserves the chance to gain meaningful employment and enjoy the personal, social, and financial benefits. While 1 in 6 people in Australia live with disability, those of working age are twice as likely as those without disability to be unemployed.
As members of our community, with skills and talents to contribute, people living with disability have a right to the same employment opportunities as everyone else. By removing employment barriers, more people with disability will be employed, and organisations will benefit from building more diverse workforces.
Explaining our plan
In this video, our Chief Executive Claire Robbs explains our priorities and targets. It includes a special message from Graeme Innes, a member of our Board who is a dedicated and passionate advocate of disability employment.
What we're aiming for:
Our Accessibility Inclusion and Employment Plan is our deep ongoing commitment to breaking down employment barriers.
During the implementation of our 2017-2018 plan, we employed 153 new staff members with disability, and met our target of 4% new hires in 2017.
Our 2019-2022 plan has us reaching to achieve:
- At June 2020 (end year 1) – 8% of new staff members identify as having disability
- At June 2021 (end year 2) – 10% of new staff members identify as having disability
- At June 2022 (end year 3) – 12% of new staff members identify as having disability
Our plan includes retention targets to ensure people remain with us:
- At June 2020 (end year 1) – 4.5% of staff members identify as having disability
- At June 2021 (end year 2) – 7.5% of staff members identify as having disability
- At June 2022 (end year 3) – 9% of staff members identify as having disability