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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2018 Week 11 Hansard (25 October) . . Page.. 4405 ..


The ACTPS Inclusion Leadership Program for People with Disability will provide up to 20 current employees with disability at the Senior Officer level and Executives with the opportunity to develop in their leadership roles and will assist these employees to reach their full potential in the ACTPS. The Disability Career and Retention program will provide up to 40 employees with Disability (20 employees both at the Administrative Officer and Senior Officer level) with individual development plans, coaching and mentoring. The proposed program will include a 3-5 day workshop and a 1-2 day recall workshop and include whole of cohort, peer support and mainstream activities. Funding has also been appropriated in 2019 for mentor training for up to 50 employees to develop individuals (with or without disability) to mentor and support People with Disability.

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The Workforce Capability and Governance Division in the Chief Minister, Treasury and Economic Development Directorate and the Office for Disability in the Community Services Directorate placed two interns in January-February 2018 through the Australian Network on Disability's Stepping into Summer Internship Program. Both areas are interested in participating in the 2018-19 program.

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The second Disability Employment Services Provider Expo was hosted in August 2018. This is a forum for members of the community and new school leavers to meet local providers who support the employment of People with Disability and Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples. The forum received positive feedback.

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To better support ACTPS employees with disability, meetings with staff have been undertaken to establish the ACTPS Disability and Allies Network. The network aims to facilitate learning and awareness of issues, co-ordinate events and enable consultation on policy development.

(2) The ACT Office for Disability is working with the ACT Inclusion Council and the Canberra Business Chamber to deliver an Inclusion in Employment Project, created to expand employment opportunities for people with disability in Canberra's private sector. The project began in November 2017 and employs a project manager based at the Canberra Business Chamber. The project is delivering tangible improvements with eight people with disability attaining employment as a direct result of the networking and communications work of the project.

One of the key project strategies is to host peer-to-peer networking opportunities, which support business to business engagement by bringing together business leaders with experience in employing people with disability and businesses seeking new employees who may not have considered employing a person with disability. So far there have been four peer-to-peer breakfast sessions hosted at the Canberra Business Chamber.

(3) As part of the transition to the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS), the ACT Government transitioned the provision of specialist disability services to the community sector and ACT Government disability funding was transferred to the National Disability Insurance Agency (NDIA) in 2016. The ACT Government is committed to continuing to support people with disability living in the ACT and in the 2018-19 budget allocated $1.120 million for an emergency funding pool. This emergency funding pool ensures people who have more complex needs are receiving the supports and services they need, including services from the mainstream service system.


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