Case Study 1

Department of Family and Community Services
Disability Employee Network

MISSION STATEMENT

“FACS is committed to promoting a culture that values diversity and actively promotes the employment of people with disability.”

Ensuring all employees can be productive at work is a key focus of the Department of Family and Community Services (FACS) Disability Employee Network (DEN), a voluntary workplace group that enhances the awareness and the participation of persons with disability in the FACS workplace.

DEN members play an important role in promoting equal access to employment through the enhancement of processes, identifying and removing barriers to accessibility and promoting a positive attitude towards disability.

One such example is the partnership of the DEN in the introduction of the Workplace Adjustment process for FACS employees.

Workplace Adjustments refer to the administrative, environmental or procedural alterations required to enable a person with an accessibility requirement the necessary modifications to accommodate their individual circumstances.

Workplace adjustments are available to all FACS workers and do not require identification of the particular disability but rather the services and facilities that might be required to enable the inherent requirement of the role to be met.

“Our DEN had identified that workplace adjustments were not being consistently applied across FACS and funding sources were often fragmented and difficult to access, so we work with our Executive Sponsors and HR to ensure we are creating an inclusive workplace for all employees,” the previous DEN Chair, Richard Hoare, said.

FACS has a strong relationship with the Australian-government funded program JobAccess which provides financial support, formal assessment services and advice to employers of people with disability.

JobAccess works with FACS to provide a formal assessment and fund the necessary modification of workplaces to accommodate the accessibility requirements of employees. The formal partnership with JobAccess helps support a more consistent application of the workplace adjustment policy and raises awareness of the support services available for people with accessibility requirements more broadly across FACS.

“Our DEN had identified that workplace adjustments were not being consistently applied across FACS and funding sources were often fragmented and difficult to access, so we work with our Executive Sponsors and HR to ensure we are creating an inclusive workplace for all employees,”

Richard Hoare