An Eye To The Future Facebook Page
Did you know that Blind Citizens Australia has a Facebook page called “An Eye To The Future” dedicated to discussing all things employment and career?
The Facebook page is designed to provide a platform for those looking for work, in the work force, and employers alike. It’s a real-time forum that allows for open discussion on all things related to employment.
The page functions in a positive light to encourage and support those seeking employment or those seeking support to hire new employees. This is a safe space to share experiences and support others to achieve their goals.
Blind Citizens Australia Mentoring Program
Blind Citizens Australia has trained peer mentors who can assist you with a range of supports, including career planning, job seeking, interview skills and professional networking and development.
BCA members have significant life experiences, and as a job seeker or someone looking to change careers or apply for a promotion, you may be seeking the knowledge and expertise of someone who has walked in your shoes.
A mentor is someone with whom you can develop a relationship, trust to listen to you, understand your challenges, walk beside you and help find the answers to the questions you may ask.
The mentors are comprised of people of various ages and life stages, people who were born blind and those who have experienced a change in their vision more recently. There are men and women, people from culturally diverse backgrounds, and many from remote and regional areas.
Sometimes having someone to bounce things off, to chat to outside your immediate circle and to provide objective reasoning is the tool you need for success.
Disability Employment Services
Disability Employment Services provide specialist employment assistance to support people with disability, injury or health condition to find and retain suitable employment in the open labour market. This fact sheet focuses on supports for people with disability and employers.
Disability Employment Services has two parts:
Disability Management Service is for job seekers with disability, injury or health conditions who need assistance to find a job and occasional support in the workplace to keep a job.
Employment Support Service provides assistance to job seekers with permanent disability to find a job and who need regular, ongoing support in the workplace to keep a job.
Disability Employment Services can assist you to look for and find work, provide support to you if you are working, or provide support if you think your job is at risk because of your disability, injury or health condition.
JobAccess can support people with disability by providing programs and information focused on the following:
- Financial support
- Finding or changing jobs
- Training and development
- National Disability Insurance Scheme
- Disability Employment Services
- Your workplace
- Current vacancies
National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS)
The role of the NDIS in improving employment outcomes for people with disability is part of its responsibilities of a broader government strategy to address the low rates of employment for people with disability. The scheme, employers, and mainstream employment assistance services all have a role to play in achieving this goal.
The NDIS will fund:
- Supports to assist participants with employment where it is beyond the requirements of employment services and employers; and
- The participant would require regardless of the activity they are undertaking (personal care, assistance with transport, assistive technology).
The NDIS specifically funds ‘School Leaver Employment Support (SLES)’ and ‘Finding and Keeping a Job’ which are predominately skill development and career planning precursors to a DES program. They work with the participant to develop work readiness, access work experience and skill acquisition.
The NDIS will also provide non work related supports which can include, in home, social and capacity building.
A person with disability can apply to the NDIS and will undertake a planning meeting to determine their support needs and apply for funding.
School Leaver Employment Supports
School Leaver Employment Supports (SLES) are an early intervention approach for year 12 school leavers. The program is designed to support a participant’s transition from school to employment. The aim of SLES is to build a participant’s ability and confidence to work with a Disability Employment Services provider.
Australian Human Rights Commission
The Australian Human Rights Commission is an independent statutory organisation that works to protect and promote the human rights of all people in Australia.
Anti-discrimination bodies in Australian States and Territories
Each state and territory in Australia has its own anti-discrimination body which deals with that state or territory’s own anti-discrimination legislation.
Disability Employment Australia (DEA)
Disability Employment Australia is the peak body for Australia’s Disability Employment Services. DEA advise, lobby, advocate, provide training, information, events and promote the range of services delivered by the Disability Employment Services.
Australian Network on Disability
Australian Network on Disability is a not for profit organisation made up of disability consultants who support a network of member employers on being disability confident and inclusive employers.
Centrelink is the government agency that provides payments and services to Australians on behalf of the Commonwealth Government.
Complaints Resolution and Referral Service
The Complaints Resolution and Referral Service is an independent service that handles complaints about Disability Employment Service providers (and other specific types of funded disability services) across Australia.
Department of Education and the Department of Employment
The Department of Education and the Department of Employment are the lead government agencies providing policy frameworks, funding and monitoring quality of education and employment programs, and implementing programs for better education, employment and workplace relations across Australia.
Disability Law is a service for people with disability and their associates wanting to make use of the anti-disability discrimination legislation. Their website includes some useful downloadable documents regarding disability discrimination and frequently asked questions.