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HIRING SOMEONE WITH A DISABILITY

Respond to the changing social trend and economic needs of your community. Develop your workforce by employing people with a temporary or permanent disability while gaining support from us and your community. Experience the benefits of hiring a good set of skills, abilities, and qualities.

For persons with disabilities, acquiring a job enables them contribute to their community, gain financial stability and provide them with a sense of purpose.

If you are worried about increased costs associated with employing a person with disability, you don’t need to be. Evidence has shown employing people with disability does not cost any more than employing people without disability.

The Australian Government’s Employment Assistance Fund (EAF) is designed to cover the costs of making workplace changes. This can include buying equipment and accessing services for people with disability.

Building an inclusive and diverse workforce benefits everyone – your employees, your organisation and the community as a whole.

About DES

The Disability Employment Services or DES is a government initiative that aims to help people with disability find work and keep a job. Through DES, people with disability, injury or health condition may be able to receive assistance to prepare for, find and keep a job.

As a DES provider, Sureway are experienced in supporting people with a disability, and can provide assistance to employers to implement practices that support these employees in the workplace. 

For persons with disabilities, acquiring a job can bring significant benefits to their overall wellbeing. Being able to contribute to their community and having better means to support themselves and family through financial income provides a sense of purpose for individuals. The positive impact this has on the individual and their extended network is widespread. 

Enquire now for a free an obligation free chat about how we can help your business grow and take advantage of the free support, services, and subsidies available. 

EMPLOYMENT ASSISTANCE FUND

Financial assistance available via the Australian Government’s Employment Assistance Fund, or EAF, helps toward the costs of work-related modifications or requirements, for eligible people with an illness, injury or disability.  

Through EAF, employers may reimburse the cost of workplace modifications and training, including but not limited to:

  • Modifications of physical work environment 
  • Modifications of work vehicles 
  • Adaptive equipment for the workplace 
  • Information and communication device 
  • Auslan interpreting 
  • Specialist services for employees with specific learning disorders and mental health conditions 
  • Disability awareness training 
  • Deafness awareness training 
  • Mental health awareness training 

 

To find out more about the Employment Assistance Fund, visit the jobaccess website. 

The Sureway Commitment

Specialising in rural, regional and remote labour markets and with 25 years experience behind us, we aim to address the gap in the employability of disabled individuals. 

 

We will help find the best persons for your business by understanding your processes and workforce needs. Finding the right candidates can be costly and time consuming, let us help you fill your vacancies – at no cost to you. Get a share of the financial incentives as you open up job opportunities for candidates who fall under this category.

  • We will bring up-to-date information that can help you make business decisions on matters relating to hiring persons with disabilities
  • We will implement skills training to ensure that jobseekers are ready to take on the work in your company
  • We can provide an end-to-end recruitment process and post-placement support
  • We can assist with licenses, pre-employment checks and medicals
  • We can provide assistance with subsidy and incentive administration
  • Did You Know?

    Sureway has helped people into the workforce and has been operating since 1991.  We are Australia’s #1 employment service providers

FAQs

In Australia, there are over four million people who experience disability, a largely untapped resource.  According to the Australian Network on Disability (AND), there are several benefits for your business when you hire a person with a disability. These include: attract and retain talent; build reputation and brand; improve marketing and customer retention; mitigate risk and uphold rights.  Read more here:

Sureway assists with the end-to-end recruitment services.  We will provide you with a range of employment options specific to your business needs.  For example, we provide assistance to access wage subsidies and other incentives; assist with licencing, training and pre-employment checks as well as work with you to develop an employment support plan.

In the first instance, Sureway screens potential candidates that would fit your vacancy requirements.  We then forward the resumes to your business for a second screening. Once you have decided on a shortlist we can assist with interviews if required.

Sureway can facilitate interviews and shortlist work-ready candidates. You may wish to conduct interviews as per your standard workplace procedure, or if you prefer Sureway can assist you with communication to the candidates.  Speak to our friendly staff if you would like to utilise our local facilities to conduct interviews.

Wage subsidies are determined on a case-by-case basis.  Depending on the circumstances of employment, you may be eligible for wage subsidies and grants.  Sureway representatives provide face-to-face meetings to explain the requirements and consider your options.

By law, candidates are not required to disclose their disability unless it will affect their ability to do their job.  We encourage DES clients to talk openly about their disability when they feel comfortable. Discussing their disability openly creates an environment of trust, acceptance and understanding.

If the candidate has a disability, injury or health condition that may affect their job or work capacity, we will discuss this with you and the candidate. We will also discuss the interventions that are in place already to manage their condition and if necessary, any further workplace modifications or job customisation that may be involved. 

Here at Sureway, our overarching goal is to find our clients sustainable work and we encourage businesses to employ for long-term periods.

No, it should not. Research shows that employees with a disability foster workplace morale and productivity. If a candidate’s productivity is lower than expected, the Australian Governments Supported Wage System can be accessed for eligible employees. Please speak to one of our friendly Sureway representatives to learn more.

At Sureway, we encourage open and honest communication. If you don’t feel the candidate is a right fit for your company, please let us know.  We can work with you to find a more suitable candidate.

Enquire now for a free no-obligation chat about how we can help your business grow and take advantage of the free support, services, and subsidies available.

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