The Victorian public sector is changing to be a better employer for people with disability.
Absolutely everyone: state disability plan 2017–2020 commits to greater inclusion for people with disability across all spheres of life, including employment. Every opportunity: Victorian economic participation plan for people with disability 2018–2020 sets out the approach to ensuring that people with disability are active participants in the Victorian economy, including steps government will take to leverage its role as a major employer.
A key commitment in Every Opportunity is achieving a six per cent Victorian public sector disability employment target by 2020, increasing to 12 per cent by 2025. The target will be applied across all government departments and non-sworn staff of Victoria Police.
A range of government departments, agencies and offices collaborated with the VPSC to develop Getting to work: Victorian public sector disability employment action plan 2018–2025.
Getting to work is based on local and international good practice. It has been informed by consultation with local and national and international public and private entities and peak bodies, feedback from Victorian public sector employees with disability and department workshops.
The plan builds on:
- the significant existing work and actions in place across the Victorian public sector to increase the meaningful employment of people with disability
- specific steps taken by public and private sector organisations that have successfully increased employment outcomes for people with disability.
Getting to work was developed in close consultation with the Enablers Network, the public sector’s network for employees with disability and their allies. It is designed to tackle employment barriers such as attitudes and behaviour, job design, inaccessible work environments and lack of ongoing career development and support. The plan will drive change at the whole-of-system level and leverage the government’s buying power where required.