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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


Why this research is important

This research project is part of our Research Plan Towards 2022 and supports our purpose to enhance employer capability.

This research helps employers understand the important role they play in supporting work participation for people with a health condition or disability and their own attitudes and perceptions and the opportunities to overcome these barriers.

More information

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Page last reviewed: 20 June 2022
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Date printed 26 Jun 2022