Accessibility, Inclusion and Employment Plan

Creating opportunities for inclusion through employment

Every member of our Life Without Barriers team is committed to employing more people living with disability.

Our latest Accessibility, Inclusion and Employment Plan (2019 – 2022) ensures we continue to create inclusion and opportunity for people living with disability with ambitious goals and employment targets that will keep us accountable.

Why create an Accessibility, Inclusion and Employment Plan?

Everyone deserves the chance to gain meaningful employment and enjoy the personal, social and financial benefits. But while 1 in 5 people in Australia have disability, only half of those who are of working age have been able to secure employment.1

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 the employment barriers and hurdles, more people living with disability will be employed, while organisations will benefit from building more inclusive and diverse workforces.

Accessibility, Inclusion and Employment Plan (2019-2022)

Partnering towards inclusion

Explaining our plan

Our Chief Executive Claire Robbs explains our priorities and targets in the following video. 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:

Employment targets

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

Our Accessibility, Inclusion and Employment Plan is our deep ongoing commitment to breaking down the employment barriers.

Accessibility, Inclusion and Employment Plan 2019-2022Easy English – Accessibility, Inclusion and Employment Plan 2019-2022

Tracking our progress

Life Without Barriers is an active participant in the Australian Network on Disability’s Access and Inclusion Index. It helps us effectively monitor our progress and continually improve. We have used the Australian Network on Disability’s Access and Inclusion Index ten point framework. to underpin our current plan.

Disability Ability Wellness Network (DAWN)

Our Disability Ability Wellness Network (DAWN) is a space for employees to identify opportunities. Team members bring forward solutions for how we can support people living with disability, as well as chronic and mental health conditions, and create a more inclusive workplace.

Disability Confident Recruiter

Life Without Barriers has been awarded Disability Confident Recruiter (DCR) status by the Australian Network on Disability. Our DCR status shows that we're committed to ensuring we recruit people living with disability.

Previous Accessibility, Inclusion and Employment Plan

We have leveraged the strong foundations built through our previous plan.

Read our Accessibility, Inclusion Employment Plan 2016-2018

1 Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS) 2019, 4430.0 - Disability, Ageing and Carers, Australia 2018, viewed August 2020