Disability Action Plan

The ACCC and AER Disability Action Plan for 2015-2018.

Goal

The ACCC/AER supports staff with both mental and physical disabilities to develop and contribute to their full potential in an environment of inclusion and respect.

Approach

We will do this by:

  • developing a culture of acceptance and respect
  • providing full access to development opportunities
  • providing effective access to our premises and information
  • seeking to attract and retain a diverse workforce which is more representative of the nation we serve.

Actions

A culture of acceptance and respect

Action

Timeline

Responsibility

Measurable target

Strengthen the voice of employees with disability across the Commission.

Ongoing

Diversity Reference Group (DRG), Disability Champions and People and Culture Branch

DRG and Disability Champions consult with employees with disabilities on strategies, plans and initiatives that may impact them.

Communicate the Disability Action Plan (DAP) to all staff and ensure it is readily available.

Annually

DRG, Disability Champions and People and Culture Branch

DAP available via ACCC website and intranet.

Celebrate International Day of People with Disability to increase employee accessibility awareness and to actively promote the DAP to all staff annually.

Information included in new-starter induction program.

Registered with the Australian Human Rights Commission.

Create an environment that makes staff with disabilities comfortable with discussing their situation, and how it might be improved, with their immediate manager, co-workers or the Workplace Relations Team.

Ongoing

People and Culture Branch

Provide specific and targeted management training for supervisors of staff with a disability—on commencement and following staff movement.

Provide employee advice as necessary.

Provide a confidential discussion channel through the Workplace Relations Team.

Workplace Relations to encourage specific discussion and source professional advice in specific work situations.

The ACCC accesses the services of the Australian Network on Disability (AND), the National Disability Recruitment Coordinator (NDRC) and investigates arrangements with other organisations.

Ongoing

Disability Champions and People and Culture Branch

Membership is maintained with NDRC.

New relationships formed with other support providers.

Maintain and further develop connections with disability focussed consumer and regulatory bodies.

Ongoing

Senior Disability Champion, Consumer, Small Business and Product Safety Division

Continue to work with disability organisations (e.g. on the Consumer Consultative Committee) and to develop our external consumer education initiative with the National Disability Insurance Agency and other Australian Consumer Law regulators.

Access to development opportunities

Action

Timeline

Responsibility

Measurable target

Ensure people with disabilities have the same opportunities as everyone else unless exceptional circumstances make this impractical.

Ongoing

Managers and People and Culture Branch

Managers to ensure performance agreements are completed and include training and development opportunities.

Include one placement from a disability organisation (such as via the ACCC’s membership to the Australian Network on Disability) in the ACCC’s intern program.

Ongoing

Senior Disability Champion and People and Culture Branch

Placement occurs each cycle.

Access to premises and information

Action

Timeline

Responsibility

Measurable target

Ensure current departmental premises are accessible to people with disabilities.

Ongoing

Office Services and People and Culture Branch

People with disabilities are able to access buildings and facilities.

Workstation adjustment monitored for staff with disabilities and advice and support sought from the Employment Assistance Fund as required.

Ongoing

Managers, Office Services and People and Culture Branch

Workplace Relations connects managers and staff with service providers to support reasonable adjustment.

Staff with disabilities are provided with suitable equipment and working environments.

Reasonable adjustment requests are met as far as practicable.

IT upgrades, procurement and renewals to consider the compatibility of any assistive technology used in the Commission.

Provision made for staff with disabilities in emergency, evacuation and safety procedures.

Review at each trial evacuation

Office Services and People and Culture Branch

Emergency, evacuation and safety procedures include relevant information for staff with disabilities.

Fire Wardens and First Aid Officers are made aware of and provided with necessary training to assist staff with disabilities in their designated area.

Relevant information about ACCC and its business available on the internet and intranet in alternate formats.

Ongoing

Strategic Communications Branch and Information Management and Technology Services Branch

Internet and intranet sites comply with Government online accessibility requirements.

Attract and retain a diverse workforce

Action

Timeline

Responsibility

Measurable target

Recruitment processes are merit based.

Ongoing

People and Culture Branch

Advice to selection panels encourages support and reasonable adjustment for applicants who self-identify as having a disability.

Job advertisements explicitly encourage people with a disability to apply.

Ongoing

People and Culture Branch

Monitor applicant diversity data.

Disability employment networks are used when recruiting new staff.

Ongoing

People and Culture Branch

Access employment networks through the National Disability Recruitment Coordinator.

Configure our recruitment system to alert NDRC whenever a new job is advertised.

Adopt the RecruitAbility scheme set out in Part 2.2 of the Australian Public Service Commissioner’s Directions where applicants with a disability advance a step in the recruitment process.

2016

People and Culture Branch

Investigate mechanisms to support to RecruitAbility scheme automatically.

Ensure all selection panels are aware that applicants who identify as having a disability who meet the minimum requirements for the job must be interviewed.

Ensure ACCC’s flexible working arrangements and employment conditions are promoted through the recruitment process.

Ongoing

People and Culture Branch and Strategic Communications Branch

Information included in career section of internet site and the new-starter induction program.

Contact

ACCC People and Culture Branch
02 6243 1281
workplacerelations@accc.gov.au

More information

Accountability
Australian Public Service Commissioner's Directions
Employment Assistance Fund