People with disability

Having a job you enjoy, developing your skills, expanding your circle of friendships and making valuable contributions to the community is an important element of life. The DEOPE is working with people with disability and peak bodies to promote a message that public employment is a place where all people are welcomed, equal employment opportunities are supported and unconscious biases are being understood, identified, managed and reduced.

During the reporting period the DEOPE delivered the first in a series of forums, You’re not alone: improving disability employment in the WA public sector, showcasing successful partnerships for improving disability employment outcomes in public sector organisations. This series of forums provided an opportunity to introduce the future directions for building inclusion and diversity in the public sector and advice on the free, customised and practical services available to assist agencies to attract, recruit and retain employees with disability.

In June 2016 the Public Sector Commissioner, the DEOPE and the Disability Services Commissioner launched See my abilities: An employment strategy for people with disability, which provides a cohesive set of actions that will assist public authorities realise good practices in attracting, recruiting, retaining and developing people with disability.

Table 5: Representation of people with disability6

  Category of employment

Representation (%)

2012

2013

2014

2015

2016

Public sector

Public sector (All staff)

4.8

2.6

2.3

2.2

2.0

Local government authority (LGA)

LGA (Indoor workers)

1.7

1.7

1.4

1.3

1.3

LGA (Outdoor workers)

3.1

2.9

3.0

2.4

2.5

Public universities

Public universities (Academic staff)

1.7

1.8

1.4

1.5

1.8

Public universities (General staff)

1.3

1.5

1.2

1.7

1.6

Other authorities

Other authorities (All staff)

1.5

1.6

1.4

1.3

1.4

Source: EEO surveys and HRMOIR

Table 8 below shows the distribution of people with disability across salary levels ('equity index')
in public employment. An 'equity index' of 100 is ideal, with an 'equity index' of less than 100
indicating that people with disability, as a group, are concentrated at lower salary levels for a
particular category of employment.

Disability distribution ('equity index')

  Category of employment

Distribution

2012

2013

2014

2015

2016

Public sector

Public sector (All staff)

100

87

99

101

100

Local government authority (LGA)

LGA (Indoor workers)

77

78

92

100

101

LGA (Outdoor workers)

83

81

84

68

87

Public universities

Public universities (Academic staff)

97

101

104

86

88

Public universities (General staff)

76

76

84

88

92

Other authorities

Other authorities (All staff)

91

88

97

88

73

Source: EEO surveys and HRMOIR

6 In 2013 the Department of Health identified a significant over-reporting error for employees with disability. This means the public sector figures for 2010 to 2012 reflect an over-representation of employees with disability. Also, public university representation for 2013 differs from those presented in the 2013 annual report due to improvements in data collection and reporting.

In focus

'Walking the talk' on disability awareness

In 2015 the Department for Child Protection and Family Support included a commitment to disability employment in its Workforce and Diversity Plan, but were conscious that more needed to be done in practice to proactively encourage the inclusion of people with disability.

Through a partnership with the National Disability Recruitment Coordinator (NDRC) a set of practical measures were put in place to build disability confidence in the workplace. This included:

  • a review of human resource policies and procedures to ensure that they were fair to those applicants with disability
  • the roll out of a disability 'myth-busting' quiz to gauge the level of awareness of disability across the organisation
  • the development of an online disability employment toolkit for managers and employees
  • the provision of a disability awareness information session for managers and recruitment staff
  • participation as a host agency in the Western Australian public sector 'School-based traineeship program' for students with disability.

Peope with disability in the public sector at a glance

Peope with disability in the public sector at a glance

There are 1888 people with disability in the public sector. 39.8% are men and 60.2% are women. 2.9% are Aboriginal Australians. 23.5% work in regional WA; 76.5% work in the Perth metro area. Employment type (rounded to one decimal place): 84.7% permanent; 8.9% fixed term; 5.3% casual; 1.1% other. Age profile: 1.8% 24 and under; 33.2% 25-44 years; 65.0% 45 and over; Median age 50 years. Percentage across all classification levels (to nearest percent): level 1 18%; level 2 11%; level 3 10%; level 4 16%; level 5 13%; level 6 19%; level 7 8%; level 8 3%; level 9 1%; class 1 and above 1%. 5 members of the SES are people with disability.


Source: HRMOIR


Page last updated 15 September 2016