Focus on people with disability in public sector employment

3 December 2019

An action plan to improve the outcomes of people with disability in WA public sector employment was released today.

The plan, developed in collaboration with the Department of Communities, supports a broader strategy to increase workforce diversification across the sector.

“We have been leading the development of this strategy and six action plans for diverse groups for most of this year, so it’s really great to see the first plan released,” said Public Sector Commissioner Sharyn O’Neill.

“Workforce diversification is an important initiative under the Government’s public sector reform program.

“We expect the strategy to be released by the Government early next year along with the five other actions plans – for women, youth, Aboriginal Australians, culturally and linguistically diverse people, and people of diverse sexualities and genders.”

Ms O’Neill said research into best practice set the foundations for the strategy and plans.

"Extensive consultation across the sector and with key stakeholders, particularly people with disability, then helped to shape the work,” she said.

“I really want to acknowledge the incredible work that has gone in to this plan and thank the many, many people who have given their views, expertise and experiences.

“What we have in this plan is a clear set of actions for the Commission in its role in leading and supporting agencies. These are complemented by a suite of practical actions that agencies can implement in ways that best suit their particular contexts.”

The plan includes a target to increase the representation of people with disability employed in the public sector to 5% by the end of 2025 and support an inclusive work environment.


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