Jane Prentice MP, Federal Member for Ryan - Coat of Arms
Federal Member for Ryan
Assistant Minister for Social Services and Disability Services
JANE PRENTICE MP, Federal Member for Ryan

Innovation in disability employment

Saturday, 29 April 2017

Innovation in disability employment

As Assistant Minister for Social Services and Disability Services I am committed to reducing barriers for people with disability and improving their employment outcomes. As I travel across the country meeting with stakeholders, I am always on the lookout for innovative ideas to assist in achieving this goal. 

We know that engaging with employers is key when it comes to achieving better outcomes for people with disability in the workplace so I have been consulting with employers to, hear first-hand, their experiences and understand what approaches have worked for their businesses. These employers have told us they want to employ people with disability within their workforce, but often lack the resources and knowledge about how to engage.

Recently I visited The Heights School in Adelaide to see their “Dandelion Work Experience” program. The Program is a six week course for students with autism to work on software development projects in partnership with Hewlett Packard and the University of South Australia. The Dandelion Work Experience Program is an inspiring example of how employers can engage with people with disability and help them prepare for the workforce. There is a lot that employers can learn from Hewlett Packard and other businesses that are being innovative in helping people with disability gain employment. I am delighted that Hewlett Packard is planning to run a similar program with the University of Queensland.


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