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Supporting ability at work

'We are talking about enabling the choices of those people who need or wish to work to do so without discrimination barriers.’ Australian Human Rights Commission, 2010, Age discrimination – Exposing the hidden barrier for mature age workers.

Maximising participation at work is critical to improving productivity – benefiting the bottom line for individual businesses and helping to secure the economic prosperity of Australia into the future.

Creating workplaces that encourage workers of all abilities to contribute is at the heart of supporting the ability to work. It’s about effectively tapping into the potential of people, understanding their circumstances and making reasonable adjustments to remove barriers to participation.

It’s important that workplaces become disability confident, and put suitable measures in place to enable participation. There’s a lot that can be done, from taking a leadership position, through to practical measures that can be put in place to enable participation. Managers and workers need to start the conversation early and talk about what can be achieved and how.

Our case studies highlight what’s possible across a range of workplaces. These inspiring stories confirm that removing barriers to participation is not only good for the worker but it makes good business sense.

Read more about supporting the ability to work.

Read more about supporting disability and ill health in the workplace.
Page last updated: 20 Mar 2014