Jobseekers are encouraged to use the ‘Dignity’ option on jobs applications to ensure they’re taken seriously.
Key points:Jobseekers are asked to use ‘Duty’ to describe their duties in the workplace.
But they are also encouraged to include their hobbies and interests in their application.
Jobseekers who are ‘dignified’ will be able to receive a bonus of $250 if they meet all the qualifications for the position.
A small number of jobs will be open to a wider range of applicants.
But, for the vast majority of jobs, applicants must show a “dignification” score of at least 75% to be accepted.
The government says this is important to ensure that all jobseekers have access to quality employment and opportunities.
But critics say the measure is also a way for employers to avoid making a “compromise” with applicants who might have legitimate reasons to be wary.
What is dignity?
Jobseekers should use the “Duty” option on their job applications to make sure they’re treated fairly.
Key Points:Job seekers can also choose to use an optional “Briefing” category.
This will include information on the employer’s history of caring for people with disabilities and disability-related issues, and how the job is a “career” opportunity for the applicant.
It can also include a list of potential work-life balance responsibilities, including a commitment to “provide care and assistance to persons with a disability and their families”.
Some jobs offer a “job-related” role to ensure a job is not only “careable” but also “careful”.
But a “Career-related job” can also be used to highlight an applicant’s “care and assistance” to people with a specific disability.
Job seekers are also asked to make a case to employers of their qualifications, as well as a “professional and compassionate” background.
A ‘diversity of experience’ statement is also included, which is a good indication that jobseekers are interested in pursuing a career.
The employer can then consider whether the job offers a “high-value and consistent” opportunity.
If the employer does not find the position suitable, they can then “negotiate a lower salary or other compensation”.
However, jobseekers must “have a reasonable level of confidence” in the employer.
What employers can do to avoid discriminationJobseekers can contact JobCentre Plus to arrange a referral.
A call centre service will also be available for jobseekers who may be discriminated against.
However, the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) does not cover all forms of disability and is limited in its coverage to people who are “at least 70% physically disabled”.
However the NDIS is an important tool to help people find employment.
The NDI is designed to “support disabled people through the labour market” and is funded by the Government.
It is funded through the Social Services Budget, which provides $2.6 billion in funding annually.
“The NDIS provides an essential lifeline to people in the workforce who are disabled,” Ms Mabey said.
“We need to support people to get the support they need to achieve their goals, and we want to make this as accessible as possible.”