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Departmental profile - staff with disability

The Department for Human Services (DHS) leads the way in the South Australian public sector in disability employment. The Disability Workforce Profile for 2013–2014 indicated that 4.9 per cent (253 employees) of the DHS workforce identified as having disability.

Nearly 89 per cent of employees with disability were in ongoing positions, with 70.8 per cent employed full time. The average age of employees with disability is 49.4 years and the average tenure is 12.6 years.

Financial security and employment have been identified as key policy priorities by people with disability in South Australia.

DHS is committed to increasing workforce diversity and providing greater employment opportunities for people with disability.

The DHS Disability Employment Strategy 2014–2016 outlines three key objectives related to attracting and retaining employees with disability, as well as increasing awareness of the strengths and capabilities people with disability bring to the workforce.

Initiatives include the development of a set of workplace modification guidelines and the introduction of special leave provisions so that employees with disability can access Special Leave with Pay for appointments or illness related to their disability. In addition, primary carers of a person with disability who requires ongoing care are able to access carer leave.

The DHS Disability Employment Community of Practice group has also been established to address issues related to employment and raise disability awareness in the workplace.


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