The Department of Communities has become the second Western Australian Government agency to achieve Disability Confident Recruiter (DCR) status through the Australian Network of Disability, joining the Department of Biodiversity, Conservation and Attractions as an inclusive workplace.
Disability Services Minister Stephen Dawson today commended Communities, which plays a key role in improving lives for people with disability in Western Australia.
Communities undertook the DCR process in order to identify and implement improvements that ensure its practices are accessible to people with disability and remove barriers so applicants can fully participate in the application and interview process.
Communities is a multi-function human services agency that employs approximately 6,000 staff across WA, with particular focus on disability, housing, and child protection and family support.
In December 2019, the State Government announced the intention to increase the number of people with disability in the public sector workforce to five per cent by 2025, and outlined an action plan to deliver on this aspiration.
As stated by Disability Services Minister Stephen Dawson
“The McGowan Government is unwavering in its commitment to creating jobs for all Western Australians including people with disability.
“As WA’s largest employer, the State Government is leading by example in ensuring that people with disability have the same opportunities to participate in employment and live their best lives.
“The Department of Communities serves some of the most vulnerable people in WA and I commend them on taking this step to ensuring recruitment practices are as inclusive as possible to remove unnecessary barriers to employment for skilled candidates with disability.
“I encourage more agencies and organisations to work towards achieving Disability Confident Recruiter status.”