One in five Australians has a disability of some kind. It makes sense to broaden the talent pool when you are recruiting by including people with a disability.

Research shows that businesses who have a more diverse employment and recruitment practice attract more customers and have a more engaged workforce.

As well there are cost savings through reduced staff turnover and lower recruitment and retraining costs. People with disability have fewer compensation incidents and accidents at work, compared to other employees, therefore your insurance cover and workers’ compensation costs are often lower.

Centrelink assesses job seekers to see if they are eligible for Disability Employment Services or they can register for Disability Employment Services directly with Joblife.

If they are eligible, job seekers are then referred to the Disability Employment Services provider close to their home, such as Joblife.

The Disability Employment Services provider then meets with the job seeker to assess and understand their individual circumstances and create a work plan to help them find and keep a job.

Disability Employment Services has two parts:

  • Disability Management Service is for job seekers with disability, injury or health condition who need assistance to find a job and occasional support in the workplace to keep a job.
  • Employment Support Service provides assistance to job seekers with permanent disability to find a job and who need regular, ongoing support in the workplace to keep a job.

Contact your local Joblife employment consultant by calling 1800 319 502 to register your vacancy or call into their office which is co-located in your local Life Without Barriers office.

Discuss with your local consultant the specific needs of the role and the type of person you are looking for. Joblife will then contact job seekers to assess their interest and promote your vacancy through our exclusive app.

Joblife undertakes to send the resumes of suitable applicants within 24-48 hours. All our applicants will have been pre-screened and assessed for job readiness. You will be able to interview applicants at your workplace or a site of your choosing.

We will take care of all the details – including the paperwork! We will let you know what subsidies are available, prepare the job seeker for their first weeks at work and provide six months’ worth of support – or longer. In addition we can arrange training, if needed, for all staff to ensure the process is smooth and worry-free.

There are a range of subsidies available to help on-boarding your new employee that your Joblife consultant can help you with:

  • Wage Subsidy Scheme
  • Restart (for people over 50)
  • Work Assist

Your business is eligible for a wage subsidy if it:

  • has a valid Australian Business Number
  • has not previously received a wage subsidy for the same employee
  • is not an Australian, state or territory government agency

In addition the job must be for eight hours or more per week for at least 13 weeks and have an expectation of continuing for more than 13 weeks (or six weeks in a seasonal industry).

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