Our commitment to disability employment
Our Disability Action Plan articulates our core commitments to inclusive employment; to employees and their carers, to customers and to the wider community. It recognises the benefits that communications technologies bring to people with disability and the important leadership role that Telstra can play as one of the largest employers in Australia. We are proud to support candidates and employees who identify as living with a disability and help them to have a great career at Telstra. Here are some of the ways we bring our commitments to life –
Grow your career
Our leaders and recruiters are trained to understand individual needs and can offer support, understanding and a range of career opportunities. Employees with sensory, physical or other disabilities also have access to a great range of resources, which means more opportunities for great performance and a fulfilling career.
If you identify as living with a disability, we’ll work with you (and your Disability Employment Services provider if you would like us to) through the recruitment process. Examples of where we’ve provided support during the recruitment process include face-to-face or instant messenger interviews for candidates who identify as living with a hearing impairment, or standing face-to-face interviews for candidates with back injuries.
Access all areas
Through our Personalisation at Work approach, we encourage our people leaders to have conversations with team members with a disability or impairment to get what they need for work, such as computer programs, equipment and different ways of working. We also have a dedicated Disability Champion group comprising recruiters, senior executives and human resources specialists, who are visible supporters of inclusion for people with a disability.
We have many employee networks where you can build relationships and influence, learn and support each other. These include our online Disability and Accessibility network, which is one way our employees connect and promote a positive and inclusive workplace at Telstra.
Living our values
Our commitment to diversity and inclusion is a clear reflection of our company values. Together with our innovative use of communication technologies, Telstra has all the elements needed to become an employer of choice for people with disability.
Having your say
It’s important to us that we get the important things right, first time. In our Disability Action Plan, we're committed to involving employees with a disability in planning for our new workplace strategy for accessibility.
When you join Telstra it’s like an extension of family, a big community where everyone is focused on working together. That means that connections are important – it helps you get things done, but also means you have support when things are challenging.
We have about 36,000 people who are based all over the country and in our international locations; we’re from diverse backgrounds, all with a diverse set of skills and talents. Diversity to us is differences in thinking styles, background and life experience, communication styles, personal skills, education, functional expertise and problem solving skills. It also includes other ways that our people differ, including gender, age, sexual orientation, disability, ethnicity and cultural identity.
We have many employee networks where you can build relationships, get support and help others too. These include our Indigenous Employees’ Network, our Gender Equality Network (for women and men), our “Enable” network for employees with a disability and carers, and our “Spectrum” network for gay, lesbian, bisexual transgender and intersex employees and straight allies. Telstra Indigenous employees can also join the National Indigenous Corporate Network, which is organised by the Diversity Council Australia.
Like in any large organisation, at Telstra, success is about being connected to the colleagues who can help you get things done. You’ll have a diverse and talented group of colleagues working with you, who’ll support you in your development and with whom you’ll achieve great things. Learn more about Telstra’s diversity and inclusion initiatives.
Learn more about Telstra’s diversity and inclusion initiatives.