One day of work experience can help change a life.
AccessAbility Day is an Australian Government initiative connecting jobseekers with disability and employers for a one day opportunity to:
- learn more about working with jobseekers with disability
- promote and encourage an inclusive workplace
- access a talent pool of capable people who are keen to work
- learn more about free Disability Employment Services and support available for employers.
How can my organisation get involved?
Employers can host a jobseeker with disability (a participant) for one day in the week from Monday 26 to Friday 30 November 2018.
An employer can host as many participants across as many job types as they are able to provide within their organisation. However, each participant can only be placed in each workplace for one day.
AccessAbility Day is not a job interview, work trial or work experience. It is a job shadowing opportunity for the participant to try a day in a workplace and see what the workplace has to offer. It is also an opportunity for the employer to learn more about working with jobseekers with disability.
There is no obligation to employ the participant after the placement. This is a wonderful opportunity to allow the jobseeker to gain insight into a particular job or type of work.
What is Workskil Australia’s role?
Workskil Australia will work with you to match your workplace to a potential jobseeker. All jobseekers participating in AccessAbility Day are required to be current and active DES participants, looking for work, as this ensures they are covered by government provided insurance at no cost to you.
Workskil Australia currently delivers Disability Employment Services in South Australia and New South Wales from these locations:
- Melrose Park
- Noarlunga Centre
- Oaklands Park
- Mount Barker
- Victor Harbor
- Murray Bridge
New South Wales
What will happen on AccessAbility Day?
Everyone’s AccessAbility Day experience will be different. It will depend on your workplace and the specific skills and interests of the participant.
Some of the activities may include:
- a meet and greet, where the participant is introduced to staff members
- a tour of the workplace to familiarise the participant with the location, environment and facilities (i.e. bathroom, kitchen, etc.)
- a rundown of Work Health and Safety requirements and security and evacuation procedures
- a demonstration of the industry specific skills of your employees
- a discussion about why you became involved in AccessAbility Day
- providing an opportunity for the participant to observe an employee in the workplace and encourage them to ask questions
It is important that the participant has access to breaks during the day similar to those taken by other employees in the workplace, or as they need and agree with you.
Participants should be made to feel welcome in your workplace. If the participant has disclosed mental health issues, your organisation should be aware of ways to accommodate individual needs. People with a diagnosed mental illness are likely to be aware of the stressors that can trigger symptoms of their illness.
Workskil Australia will be able to advise you on how to make simple accommodations for participants.
How is the employer matched to a jobseeker?
Workskil Australia will provide you with information on the participant who will be placed in your workplace. This may include their name, interests and any simple and free workplace adjustments you can make, taking into account the individual and their specific disability accessibility requirements. Please treat this information confidentially, as you would for any of your employees. Please note that funding for workplace modifications is not included in AccessAbility day, and modifications are not expected to be funded by the employer, however you may be eligible to access Auslan services for your participating jobseeker. You can discuss this with the DES provider.
It is important to keep in contact with Workskil Australia and let them know if your contact details change at any time. Workskil Australia is best placed to confirm details of your placement and provide information on the participant who will be placed in your workplace.
The Department of Social Services purchases personal accident insurance and combined public and product liability insurance to cover participants undertaking Activities, including AccessAbility Day placements (for example travel to and from the location). Workskil Australia is able to provide you with further information on the insurance policies and what to do in the case of any accidental damage or injury.
How do employers register for AccessAbility Day?
Registration is straight forward and hassle-free. Let Workskil Australia know that you’re interested before Tuesday 20 November 2018 and we’ll take care of the rest.
Source: ‘AccessAbility Day: A How to guide for employers’ Department of Social Services, November, 2018.