Disability Works in Small Business
DWA has partnered with BEC Australia to promote the benefits of employing people with disabilities in small businesses. This project is funded by the Australian Government Department of Education, Employment and Workplace Relations.
Studies have found that there is a strong business case to support the employment of people with disabilities, such as:
- Over 90 per cent of employers who had recently employed a person with a disability said they would be happy to continue employing people with disabilities
- Cost to business in absenteeism and sick leave is lower for employees with a disability than costs incurred by other employees
- People with disabilities often have a higher retention rate than other staff
- Assistance of many Commonwealth Government free programs to support the employee and employers
- Assists you to achieve your business social responsibility and viewed as an employer of choice.
- One in 5 of your customers have a disability
The role of DWA is to assist Small Business to operate a "disability friendly" business by providing you with the following free services:
- Disability Awareness Training to the BEC Australia network members and staff
- Assistance with your recruitment needs by qualified staff job matching suitable candidates to vacancies provided by the BEC Australia network and its members
- Coordination of all incentives, supports and modifications required when employing a person with a disability
- A quality national service to all
- Assistance and solutions to barriers in the employment of people with a disability
- Support for existing employees with a disability to enable them to sustain employment.
If you are interested in employing a staff member with a disability, attending Disability Awareness Training or just want some advice, please visit the Disability Australia website.