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Mobilising employers to employ people with work disability project

For: Employers and managers Information seekers

The project seeks to improve the capacity of employers to provide work to people with physical or mental health conditions.

This is a Collaborative Partnership project.

Project update

The project has completed its final phase, working with two national employers to build their capability to take on and support people with a permanent or temporary health condition or disability.

Half of employers are not confident in the ability of their business to support people with a physical or psychological disability or health condition.

Key foundations for success include:

  • executive support and workplace culture
  • education and training
  • acknowledging the critical role of managers (seen as the lynchpins)
  • a test and learn mindset
  • understanding that change is incremental and ongoing.

Project overview

This project involved two phases: quantitative and qualitative research and workplace trials with two national employers.

The first phase explored the behaviours, attitudes and intentions of employers on hiring people with a health condition or disability.

The second phase used these findings to design and test workplace interventions with two national employers to build their capability for hiring, retaining and supporting these workers.

Project participants

Project lead

  • Department of Education, Skills and Employment

Other organisations involved

  • Department of Social Services
  • Australian Council of Trade Unions
  • EML
  • Whereto Consulting
  • Industry and employer representative
  • Comcare self-insured licensee representatives – Reserve Bank of Australia and Australia Post.

Findings and reports


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Page last reviewed: 16 June 2023

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Date printed 23 Sep 2023