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The Business Case for Inclusive Design

May 23rd, 2019 by tperry

Global First Report Launched with partners Microsoft and Adobe

A new report by CfID, with partners Microsoft and Adobe, ‘Designing for Everyone’ is full of information to help you get inclusive design over the line

Dr Manisha Amin, CEO of Centre for Inclusive Design, said,

“Inclusive design is design that considers the full range of human diversity with respect to ability, language, culture, gender, age and other forms of human difference.”

After calls from customers of Centre for Inclusive Design to identify the business benefits, they realised this research had never been done.

Along with partners Adobe and Microsoft, they commissioned PwC to identify how organisations and industries can gain economic benefit from inclusive design.

The outcome is a powerful resource for anyone looking to build a business case for incorporating inclusive design in to their work.

“We knew instinctively economic benefits exist, but the outcomes from the report show an incredible, largely untapped, opportunity.” said Dr Amin.

“Inclusively designed products and services have the potential to reach four times more customers than those that are not designed inclusively.”

Jeremy Thorpe, Partner and Chief Economist, PwC, said,

“Inclusive design is a no-regrets process that creates significant benefits. It is an overlooked step in maximising the potential of Australian business and ensuring a more productive Australia.”

David Masters, Corporate Affairs Director, Microsoft Australia, said,

“Accessibility is often focused on compliance, and while that is incredibly important, this report clearly shows that inclusion drives economic benefit too. Embedding inclusion in the upfront design phase ensures organisations are delivering products and services for everyone. Inclusive design is driving innovation at Microsoft and is a concept that all organisations should be embracing.”

Suzanne Steele, Managing Director, Adobe Australia and New Zealand, said,

“Through our partnership with the Centre for Inclusive Design and Microsoft, we want to raise awareness of the importance for organisations to include a diverse range of voices and perspectives within their teams in order to reflect the diversity of the Australian population in their products and services.”

The report analyses three key industries in Australia – education, retail and financial services – that can benefit from implementing inclusive design and drive financial, economic and social improvements.

Among these benefits, businesses have the opportunity to increase their revenue by growing their target markets and include Australians vulnerable to exclusion, who possess over $40 billion in annual disposable income.

You can access the full report and a summary here:

PACE Mentoring – Applications Open Now!

May 20th, 2019 by tperry

Apply Now for PACE Mentoring

PACE Mentoring connects students and jobseekers with disability with mentors from leading Australian organisations. You’ll be matched to an experienced professional who will help you identify and reach your career development goals and build your confidence in a workplace environment.

How does it work?

PACE runs across 16 weeks between August and December. You’ll meet with you mentor once a fortnight during that time. Meetings last around one to two hours and are planned to suit you and your mentor’s schedules.

Mentees can discuss their career goals and aspirations, and get help to develop a plan for their personal and professional development. Meetings with mentors may include:

  • Reviewing resumes and cover letters
  • Mock interviews
  • Networking with other professionals
  • Building confidence
  • Attending events and team meetings

After you apply, AND matches you with a mentor based on the information provided in your application. Consideration for matching includes your preferred industry, the skills you want to develop, the goals you set, and your location.

Am I eligible?

 How do I apply?

Apply Here Now!

Dial in to an Info Session:

For more information about what to expect from the PACE Mentoring program, dial in to one of our info sessions via webinar.

  • Friday 31 May 12:30pm – 1:15pm
  • Thursday 13 June 12:30pm – 1:15pm
  • Monday 24 June 11:30am – 12:15pm

(If you are dialling in from outside Sydney/Melbourne/Canberra, please consider time differences)

Step 1: Webinar Login

Participant Code: 6367 393 293

Step 2: Teleconference

Phone: 1800 896 323

Participant Code: 6367 393 293

Please advise if you have any accessibility requirements for the session. We can arrange captioning for the session with 72 hours notice.

Who do I contact if I have more questions?

The Programs Team (Philip, Sneha, Tess & Isabel)

Stepping Into & PACE Mentoring

Level 3, 80 Clarence St, Sydney, 2000

Level 1, 2 Queen St, Melbourne, 3000

1300 36 36 45  |  W  |  E

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Monash Celebrates IDAHOBIT

May 2nd, 2019 by tperry

Monash University is celebrating the International Day Against Homophobia, Biphobia, Intersexism and Transphobia (IDAHOBIT)!

Monash will be celebrating the LGBTIQ community events throughout week 10 to mark the International Day Against Homophobia, Biphobia, Intersexism and Transphobia (IDAHOBIT).
May 17 commemorates the World Health Organization’s decision to declassify homosexuality as a mental disorder in 1990 and has been celebrated since 2004 to highlight the violence and discrimination experienced by the LGBTIQ community.
This year the theme is Justice and Protection for All. It reminds us that injustice, fear and danger are present in the lives of many LGBTIQ communities here and around the world. Across the globe, 72 states still criminalise same-sex sexual relations, while only 63 states provide some form of anti-discrimination protection. We don’t believe that’s fair.
So come and celebrate with the Australian LGBTIQ community and students and staff from across the university. Let’s send a message to the world – we want justice and protection for all.
For more information visit

Autism and Employment Forums

April 16th, 2019 by tperry

Autism & Employment Forums – Melbourne 14th May & Geelong 16th May 2019

Join AMAZE for a Day of Discussion and Receive Valuable Information About Finding and Keeping Work

You’ll hear from Malcolm Mayfield, author of “The Hidden Curriculum of Getting and Keeping a Job: Navigating the Social Landscape of Employment”, researcher and autistic person.

Malcolm is also the founder and managing director of Autism STAR.

Malcolm will be delivering a workshop titled “The Hidden Curriculum of Getting and Keeping a Job – Practical Strategies”.

In it he will cover:

  • What is the ‘hidden curriculum’?
  • Finding a job – mentors, networking, social media, resumes
  • Job interviews – attire, behaviour, answering difficult questions, online interviews, interview follow up, what are your rights in an interview

You’ll also hear from Stephanie Crawford, a speech pathologist with over 20 years’ experience who now focuses on supporting autistic teenagers and adults to achieve their communication goals.

Stephanie will cover:

  • the hidden rules around communication in interviews and the workplace and strategies to manage these
  • how challenges with executive functioning and abstract language skills can impact on the process of getting a job
  • functional tips on preparing for an interview

This event is suitable for autistic people considering looking for work or wanting tips on getting and keeping a job, as well as people supporting autistic people through employment.

You’ll hear about employment from the perspective of an autistic person, get tips on finding a job and doing job interviews, as well as the kinds of communications often needed in the workplace and how autistic people can prepare for this.

For more information and to book tickets

STEMLabs – Applications OPEN!

April 16th, 2019 by tperry

Applications now open for the STEMLabs April 2019 Program!

This is suited for you if you are:

  • Looking for an opportunity to experiment with your STEMLabs Skills in a safe, understanding and nurturing environment.
  • Wanting to better understand your autism in order to thrive in the workplace.
  • Looking to recognise your strengths, talents and abilities in a supportive, practical and hands-on environment.
  • Have an interest in IT.

The program is free and is strictly limited to just 10 places.

Applications for the program are currently open!

The applications close promptly at 1pm on Tuesday 23rd April, 2019. The candidates will be notified of their outcome by 5pm, Friday 26th April, 2019.

The successful candidates will then be invited to the training and assessment program commencing on Monday 29th April, 2019 and conclude on Friday 17th May, 2019 between the hours of 9.30am – 4.30pm. Please note the program will not be held on any Tuesday.

The program will be held at Max Employment St Kilda, 31 Wellington Street, St Kilda, Victoria, 3182.

Participant Requirements:

  • Must be 16 years of age or over
  • Must have a diagnosis of autism (including Autism spectrum disorder, Asperger’s disorder, Autistic disorder, or PDD-NOS)
  • Must have Australian residency or citizenship
  • Must be able to attend the 3-week assessment phase beginning Monday 29th April, 2019 through to Friday 17th May, 2019. Please note training will not be held on any Tuesday.
  • Should live within a daily commutable distance of St Kilda/Melbourne CBD.

Attached is more information about how to apply for the program.

We look forward to hearing from you!

Georgie Walker

M.Clin.Couns, Grad Dip Psych, B.Bus (Mktg/Mgmt)

Specialisterne Consultant

Specialisterne Australia


M: +61 431017852



Disability Scholarship Opportunties

April 16th, 2019 by tperry

Disability Scholarship Program 2019 – Department of Justice and Community Safety

Applications for the 2019 Program close on 10 May 2019.

Find out more:

Contact the Disability/Diversity Liaison Officer at this university or visit

Email –  or – ask for a copy of Scholarship Guidelines and an Application Form.

Disability – to Share or Not to Share?

April 5th, 2019 by tperry

Have You Shared Information about Your Disability with an Education Provider or Employer?

Ali Parker, from National Disability Coordination Officer (NDCO) team, wants to help people build skills and confidence to share information about disability with potential education providers and employers. This includes information about adjustments or supports that may be needed.

How can you help?

The NDCO needs as many people as possible who have a lived experience of disability to complete a survey.

Have you shared or tried to share information about your disability with an education provider or employer?  Is this you? They would love to hear from you!

Thank you – from the National Disability Coordination Officer team.

Ali Parker

National Disability Coordination Officer – Western Melbourne Region 12

M  0413 362 076   |  E   |

Internship Applications EXTENDED to 14 April 2019

April 5th, 2019 by tperry

Are You looking for Paid Work Experience that Counts?

Internship Opportunities are available in: Melbourne, Sydney, Newcastle, Darwin, Canberra, Adelaide, and Tasmania

The Australian Network on Disability runs the Stepping into Program twice a year. Stepping Into is a paid internship program designed specifically for university students with disability to assist you to gain meaningful work experience in your area of their study.

 Stepping Into intern Amelia Gates stands in between her colleague Alicia (left) and supervisor Beverley Jefferson (right).

‘I don’t have the same concerns going into this new job that I did before I completed Stepping Into. I now feel confident in my ability to manage any pain and not hide my disability from co-workers,’  said Amelia

Students learn about the recruitment process, job interviews and if successful, gain exposure to degree-relevant work in a forward-thinking organisation. Internships generally last four to eight weeks (with the opportunity for flexible work hours to manage your disability or other commitments). The AND programs team are available throughout the entire process for support, advice and guidance on how to ensure your internship is a success.

This cohort our participating members include:

  • Arup Group
  • Australia Post
  • Comcare
  • Department of Social Services
  • IAG, Gilbert and Tobin Lawyers
  • and Office of the Children’s Guardian

To see the complete list of position descriptions and location for internships available visit


  • Stage of study: final or second last year of university
  • Discipline of Study: All are encouraged to apply
  • Residency Requirements: Australia Citizen, Permanent Resident or International student with full working rights in Australia
    Application Process

Complete our Online Application Form

Deadlines for application have been extended until midnight 14th April 2019.

The programs team at AND will inform if you are eligible and the AND Programs team will arrange the interview.
Before applying, please ensure you have the following documents prepared to submit

  • Resume
  • University Transcript
  • Proof of Eligibility (Disability Access Plan or relevant medical documentation)

For previous applicants and still eligible:

  • Email AND’s Programs Team and advise to copy your previous application and confirmed your expected completion of your degree
  • There is no need to attend another interview if you have attended one in the last 12 months
  • Submit your top 3 preferences before or by midnight Sunday 14th April 2019

Australian Network on Disability

Level 3, 80 Clarence Street, Sydney, NSW, 2000

PO Box Q203, QVB Post Office NSW 1230

T (02) 8270 9200  |  W  |  E

Department of Communications and the Arts – 2020 Graduate Program

March 28th, 2019 by tperry

Interested in Applying for a Graduate Program in the Communications and Arts Sector?

Applications for the Department of Communications and the Arts 2020 Graduate Program open on 25 March 2019.

We are committed to supporting the employment and career development of people with disability. Our mission is to create an environment in which all Australians have access to high quality communications services and diverse artistic and cultural experiences.

Our participation in the Affirmative measures – disability scheme means we will progress an applicant with a disability to a further stage in the recruitment process, where they apply into the scheme and meet the minimum requirement of the vacancy. A guide for applicants about the disability affirmative measures can be found at

Further information about our 2020 graduate program and the application process see  and the attached the 2020 Graduate Job Information Pack – Affirmative Measures – Disability Employment document.

Please note applications for our graduate program close 29 April 2019. 

If you would like any further information or would like to discuss our program please email .

The Graduate Team

Patricia Hood

Senior Adviser /  Capability and Careers / Human Resources Branch

Department of Communications and the Arts

P +61 2 6271 1159


March 21st, 2019 by tperry

MedHACK: ENABLED 2019 – Call For Co-Designers

The MedHack 2019 team would like to extend an invitation to students to join them as a co-designer for this year’s hackathon.

The Event

MEDHACK: ENABLED is a 2.5 day hackathon where interdisciplinary teams of students, will come together to develop innovative solutions, that will address challenges faced by individuals experiencing disability within the Monash community.

This year’s theme, assistive technology, aims to open the conversation around disability, whilst allowing participants to learn about the topic, and in the process co-create solutions with you, the co-designer that will create positive social impact.

Your Contribution

As a co-designer, you will play a central role in this event. With your insight, teams will aim to develop, and tailor their solutions to challenges that you put forward.

Your role will be to introduce yourself and the challenges you face on a day to day basis, or that you are personally aware of and are happy to discuss; we will then proceed to match you to 2 teams (composed of 4-5 individuals), which will use your feedback and experience, to come up with the best possible solution that will address one, or a couple, of your identified challenges.

The judges will proceed to select the most innovative, and feasible ideas, which the MYMI team will go on to develop into potential prototypes by the end of the year. The ultimate aim, is for you, or the person you are supporting, to be able to use and employ these solutions.

Venue and Schedule

Being in a central location, only a couple of meters away from Southern Cross Station, The Goods Shed North, will be home to this year’s hackathon. What is usually a place of innovation and entrepreneurship for many medtech based startups, will serve as a source of inspiration for the developers, as it becomes the headquarters for MED_HACK 2019.

Whilst there is no allocated parking on site, paid parking can be easily found in the surrounding streets. We highly recommend taking public transport, with Southern Cross station being only a 2 minute walk away, and with a trams 11 and 48 stopping opposite the entrance to the venue on Collins St.

The hackathon will be spread over 2.5 days, starting on the evening of Friday 3rd of May, through until Sunday 5th of May. The commitment we need from you is the following:

  • Friday evening (2hrs)– Introduce yourself, and share your experience (or personal knowledge) of living with a disability as regards the challenge from your brief, with the hackathon participants
  • Saturday (2hrs)– join us for lunch! After which we’d like for you to meet the teams addressing your identified challenges, answer their questions and provide feedback on their ideas.
  • Sunday (2hrs)– the last opportunity for teams to obtain your thoughts on their solutions, and test out some prototypes or concepts. Hang around to see the teams pitch their developments and the winner to be announced!

*MEDHACK is supported by the Monash Institute of Medical Engineering (MIME), Monash Engineering Faculty, MedTech’s Got Talent (Australia’s largest MedTech Startup Competition) and The Actuator (Australia’s Largest MedTech Accelerator Program).

Your Role As a MedHACK Participant:

  • Be available for a minimum of 6 hours over 3rd – 5th May 2019 in the CBD
  • Have a willingness to talk about the challenges you may face on a day to day basis, or that you are personally aware of and are comfortable with describing, with fellow members of the Monash Community, and guide our peers in co-designing a solution that will fit the person’s potential needs.

Interested? Fill in the online Google form – or if you would like more information and just want to grab coffee, email co-founders Darren Rajit or Santiago Beltran Diaz at

*Please note: this event has undergone appropriate risk assessments, and the gathering of personal information (with consent) has been approved the University’s Data Protection and Privacy Office.