Our focus on disability is on ensuring a safe and inclusive environment for people with both physical and mental conditions. As per the 2018 APS Employee Census, the Department has 7% of our total staff who have shared that they experience disability. PM&C has an active Disability Employee Network of around 80 members and is supported by the PM&C Disability Executive Champion. Alongside our Disability Employee Network, the department also participates in, and undertakes a number of initiatives which support staff. These include:
- GradAccess – pathway for people with a disability into APS graduate programs,
- NextStep Trainee Program – APS traineeship for people with disability,
- Gold Member of the Australian Network on Disability’ and
- Disability Action Plan (Draft-In consultation).
In PM&C all roles are advertised under the RecruitAbility scheme.The RecruitAbility Scheme provides candidates with disability who opt into the scheme and meet the minimum requirements of an advertised role to be advanced to a further stage in the selection process (this is usually through to the interview stage).
As a major initiative of the As One – Australian Public Service Disability Employment Strategy developed by the APSC, RecruitAbility is ascheme which aims to attract and develop applicants with an identified disability and also facilitate cultural changes in selection panels and agency recruitment
Working your Way
PM&C is committed to understanding the needs of staff who have disabilities. The fit-out design in our offices for Working Your Way spaces is compliant with the Disability Discrimination Act and has also applied the higher level NDIS design guidelines.
The Disability Employee Network and disability design experts were engaged to ensure the latest accessibility considerations were included in the design. Each staff member with a known disability is engaged pre and post move to ensure their needs are met. Typically this is in consultation with a physiotherapist/ergonomist.