Over the past six months, the VPSC has led collaboration between government departments, agencies and offices to develop Getting to work: Victorian public sector disability employment action plan 2018–2025.
The VPSC worked closely with the Enablers Network, the public sector’s network for people with disability, throughout this process.
The plan was developed as a commitment under Every opportunity: Victorian economic participation plan for people with disability 2018–2020. Actions are designed to lift the representation of people with disability within the public sector workforce from four per cent to six per cent by 2020, doubling to 12 per cent by 2025.
The plan adopts the social model of disability – a contemporary approach geared toward removing environmental and social barriers to employment as opposed to focusing on what a person can or can’t do because of disability.
There are 21 actions in the plan, grouped into three focus areas:
- Build awareness through access to information
- Attract and recruit people with disability
- Support employees with disability
Most actions are new. Others are based on scaling existing successful initiatives. Getting to work recognises that every workplace is at a different stage of disability awareness and confidence and that a range of approaches will be required to drive real change.
Our vision is a capable and diverse public sector that reflects the diversity of the Victorian community and benefits from the experience that people with disability bring to the workplace.
Paul Grimes, Victorian Public Sector Commissioner explains:
The public sector offers meaningful work and progressive career experiences. Our inclusive culture enables and supports people with disability to realise their full potential. The public sector performs better when our workforce reflects the diversity of the Victorian community.