The NSW Government is committed to building an inclusive working environment where staff with disability feel supported and managers and employees are informed about disability and diversity. 

Through inclusive recruitment practices and building a workplace culture where people are encouraged to bring their full selves to work, NSW Government is working towards recruiting and retaining people with disability and building a diverse workforce. 

Can I Ask...?

These videos give an insight on why work has special importance for people living with disability, and how communication and empathy go a long way towards helping staff with disability flourish at work.

If you manage or work with people who have disability it is important to be aware, inclusive and informed. Do not be afraid to ask questions, speak frankly and learn from people who have disability about their lived experience. 

In Can I Ask...?:

  • Georga Kemp (Assistant Project Officer, Department of Communities and Justice) gives a peek into the working life for a deaf or hard of hearing employee.
  • Ryan Sherry (Manager, Programs, NSW Department of Education) speaks about his recruitment and work experiences as a person living with cerebral palsy.
  • Maria Katsonis (Public Policy Fellow at the University of Melbourne) gives plenty of food for thought about helping employees with mental health conditions thrive in the workplace.

The panel was hosted by Jane Spring, Assistant Commissioner, Public Service Commission.

Unseen disability

Unseen disability is not immediately apparent and people may be unaware of what their condition is and that it is classified as a disability. 

It covers a range of conditions and symptoms, including chronic or debilitating pain or fatigue, mental illness, learning disorders, autism spectrum disorder, and cognitive disability. 

People with unseen disabilities may not share their disability status as they fear they may face discrimination for not 'appearing to have a disability'.

The NSW Public Service Commission’s August 2019 Diversity & Inclusion Forum shared lived experiences of people with unseen disability working in the sector.
Watch this panel discussion about what unseen disability is and the stigma of having an unseen disability in the workplace.

Speakers include:

  • Casey Gray - Member of the Disability Council NSW
  • Kurt McLachlan - Chief Operating Officer, Xceptional
  • Pam Rutledge, Deputy Commissioner, Mental Health Commission of NSW
  • Ruth Bosner

Autism spectrum disorder

The NSW Public Service Commission’s August 2019 Diversity & Inclusion Forum shared lived experiences of people with autism spectrum disorder in the sector.

Watch this panel discussion about working in the public sector with autism and how to make changes in workplace culture to be more inclusive of people with autism.

Speakers include:

  • Kurt McLachlan - Chief Operating Officer, Xceptional
  • Ruth Bosner

Listen to Ruth Bosner discuss her experiences of working with autism.

Mental health conditions

The NSW Public Service Commission’s August 2019 Diversity & Inclusion Forum shared lived experiences of people with mental health conditions in the sector.

Watch this panel discussion about working in the public sector with a mental health condition and how to make changes in workplace culture to be more inclusive of people with mental health conditions.

Speakers include:

  • Casey Gray - Member of the Disability Council NSW
  • Pam Rutledge, Deputy Commissioner, Mental Health Commission of NSW