OPPORTUNITY KNOCKS: Doubling the number of jobs for the disabled in the public sector is a government aim.
OPPORTUNITY KNOCKS: Doubling the number of jobs for the disabled in the public sector is a government aim. demaerre

Plan to double employment of disabled over decade

MORE career opportunities are opening up in the NSW public sector for people with disabilities.

To coincide with the the International Day Of People With Disability, the NSW Government announced a 10 year jobs plan aiming to double the number of eligible people employed.

Member for Coffs Harbour, Andrew Fraser, said the current employment rate is 2.7 per cent but the target has been set at 5.6 per cent by 2027.

"The NSW Government is committed to building an inclusive and diverse workforce and equal employment opportunities have always been a key priority,” he said.

"Ways the public sector can embrace the plan include delivering more internships and graduate roles for people with disability and ensuring accessibility is front of mind in the design and fit out of new or refurbished workplaces.”

There are significantly fewer people with disability working in the public sector than in the private sector and the plan establishes four priority action areas.

Improve attraction and recruitment of people, create more inclusive and accessible workplaces to reduce the exit rate, support career development and progression and better understand performance and the needs of employees with disability by collecting more robust data.

The Department of Family and Community Services and the NSW Public Service Commission partnered to develop the sector wide plan.

For information visit www.facs.nsw.gov.au/reforms/developing-the-nsw-disability-inclusion-plan/jobs-for-people-with-disability



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