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AccessAbility Day connects employers and people with disability

Link to AccessAbility Day website

Do you want to try a new job or experience a new workplace? Or maybe you are looking for new talent for your business or organisation?

More than four million people identify as living with a disability in Australia. However, Australians with disability are under-represented in the workforce – the employment rate for people with disability is almost half compared to those without disability.

Research suggests that one of the biggest impediments to people with disability getting employment is that many employers have little or no experience of having a person with disability in their workplace.

AccessAbility Day is a new Australian Government initiative, connecting employers and people with disability for a day. It allows employers to see the potential of a person with disability in the workplace and learn about support available while also providing an opportunity for people with disability to gain an insight into a new workplace or types of employment and establish new contacts.

Employers and jobseekers can participate in AccessAbility Day on any one day during the week of 4 - 8 December 2017

This year, AccessAbility Day will be trialled in several locations across Australia, including Gosford (NSW), Bunbury (WA), Hobart (TAS), Maryborough (QLD), Bundaberg (QLD), Toowoomba (QLD), Logan (QLD) and Elizabeth (SA).

This is a great opportunity for people with disability and employers in those locations to get on board and work together to help break down the barriers.

People with disability must be registered as looking for work with a Disability Employment Services (DES) provider and complete the online registration form to be eligible to participate in AccessAbility Day. A DES provider can also help participating employers plan, organise and facilitate AccessAbility Day placements.

For more information about AccessAbility Day and to register your interest, visit the JobAccess website at www.jobaccess.gov.au/accessabilityday or call 1800 464 800 or contact your local DES provider.

TTY users can phone 1800 555 677 and then ask for 1800 464 800.

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