NSW Public Service Commission’s new resource helps workers foster inclusive workplaces for people with disability

By Shannon Jenkins

Tuesday April 7, 2020

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The New South Wales Public Service Commission has launched a newsletter to help employees make their workplaces more inclusive for people with disability, particularly during the coronavirus pandemic.

EmployABILITY is a “food for thought bento box” offering bite-sized pieces of information on disability employment, an agency spokesperson told The Mandarin.

It’s the result of the commission wanting to create something staff can use to stay up-to-date with the latest tools and resources for making workplaces more inclusive for people with disability, in a format that can be easily read over a lunch break.

The most recent edition aims to help people with disability navigate the current environment, where the coronavirus is dominating the news and impacting the lives of many. It includes articles on a range of issues including how to transition to working-from-home arrangements, accessible technology, and mental health issues.

“As we all go through this together, our team is more determined than ever to make sure our colleagues with disability are equally thought of and that their voices are heard,” the newsletter reads.

“We are committed to continue delivering on our important work in championing the inclusion of people with disability in NSW government and to continue creating change in this area.

“During this time, it is vital that we help those most vulnerable, like people with disability. We must keep inclusion at the forefront because recovering and rising from this will take all of us, working together inclusively.”

While the newsletter is aimed at government workers, anyone can subscribe to it for free via the NSW Public Service Commission’s EmployABILTY webpage.

Earlier this year the commission launched a pilot initiative designed to bring autistic and neurodiverse talents into state government agencies, in order to foster a diverse public sector cohort.

Read more: An ableist public service? How to shift the underemployment of people with disability in the Australian Public Sector

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