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Achiever Program for Students with Autism

Wednesday, July 17th, 2019

A Call for Students with Autism to Apply for Paid Industry Experience

The CAANZ (Chartered Accountants Australia & New Zealand) Achiever Program is a vacation work experience program for final and penultimate year students studying Commerce, Accounting or Business related degrees.

It provides an opportunity for students to meet with employers and to have the opportunity to secure a vacation work experience placement.

During the 2018 Achiever Program, 121 employers (nationally) took on 233 students to provide industry experience for 3 – 12 weeks over November to March.

Successful Applicants Will Get The Following:

  • Paid industry experience (1 – 12 weeks)
  • Develop industry contacts and networks
  • Gain insights into specialisations of interest

A large proportion of these successful students then went on to secure a graduate placement with their employer after completing their degree.

The application and selection process follows common industry practice for graduate recruitment programs, including video submission, cognitive testing  and an assessment centre.

Throughout the entire application and selection process, students identifying as being Autistic (including Aspergers) will be supported to assist them to have an equal opportunity for final selection.

Employers will also be educated and supported throughout the placement period to ensure successful students and their employer have a positive experience.

Submit Your Expression of Interest Now!

If you’re interested – please submit your expression of interest ASAP.

To register your interest ahead of formal applications opening and to get access to early assistance for your application:

  1. Send an email to with
  2. your preferred point of contact (email, mobile, phone etc) and
  3. the subject “Achiever Application”.

Chris Turner from Project Enterprise Coaching will get in contact with you and answer any questions you might have on the program and then you can start preparing for the application process at the end of July.

The formal application process opens 29 July.

The aim is to identify interested students prior to that to both prepare you for the application process and to enable Chris and his team to start conversations with potential employers.

This is a wonderful opportunity for students with autism in Melbourne to gain real, meaningful work experience and to start building contacts for the future.

About Project Enterprise Coaching

Project Enterprise Coaching is a boutique coaching and advisory practice focused on supporting Autistic job seekers to find and secure long term meaningful employment and to support employers to be confident to leverage the skills and talents of Autistic employees.

*For the full details of the Achiever Program please see:

Summit Shah Scholarship

Friday, July 12th, 2019

Dr. Summit Shah MD Scholarship Open To International University Students

Dr. Summit Shah has founded the Dr. Summit Shah MD Scholarship in reaction to the rising tuition costs.

Dr. Summit Shah graduated as valedictorian from Bishop Watterson High School before attending Ohio State University in the United States, where he earned a Bachelor’s with Honors. He stayed at OSU and earned his MD from the College of Medicine at Ohio State.

He has been a tireless advocate of access to higher education and has founded the Summit Shah Scholarship to ensure that deserving students from all parts of the economic spectrum can reach their academic goals.


Eligibility parameters are as follows:

  • High school students graduating this calendar year and have been accepted into a college, university, trade school, or design school are eligible to apply
  • Students currently enrolled in a college, university, trade school, or design school *including university students from other countries, including Australia.
  • All majors and areas of studies are encouraged to apply

Essay Question:

Life is hard and it takes motivation to be persistence to reach your goals. To be considered for this scholarship, please submit a short essay (500 words or less) that shares what some of the professional goals that you hope to achieve in the next five years are with Dr. Summit Shah.

Submission Deadline:

July 1, 2020

Winner Selection:

One winner will be selected in early August 2020. The winner will be contacted after selection. If the winner does not respond, a new winner will be selected.

Please refer to this link if you wish to apply:

Tips for Creating Inclusive Products and Services

Friday, July 12th, 2019

Inclusive Design – A Human-Centred Approach

Inclusive design is a human-centred approach to the design of mainstream products and services that considers the full range of human diversity – ability, language, culture, gender, age and other forms of human difference. It’s about making products and services accessible to, and usable by, as many people as reasonably possible, without the need to create separate, specialised or segregated solutions.

The benefits are proven – research by the Centre for Inclusive Design (CfID) in partnership with Adobe and Microsoft shows that products and services designed with unique needs in mind can reach four times the number of intended consumers and have a positive impact on an organisation’s bottom line.

“Designing inclusively doesn’t mean you’re making one thing for all people. You’re designing a diversity of ways for everyone to participate in an experience with a sense of belonging.” (Microsoft Inclusive Design Toolkit)

*Read more at Australian Network on Disability’s online article.

GradWISE – New Partnership with Monash

Thursday, July 11th, 2019

GradWISE: One-on-One Career Support for Students with Disability

Monash is excited to announce that it is joining forces with GradWISE, a program developed in conjunction with Australian Universities to provide support and improve employment opportunities for students living with a disability, illness or injury.

Through one-on-one, group and online services, GradWISE give you the skills, experience and assistance you need in finding your perfect graduate role and during your employment, for as long as you require.

If this sounds like the support you have been looking for, the team would love to chat with you.

You can find out more about the program on their website or drop an email to Ed Osano, Head of GradWISE to set up a time for a chat –

You can also find out more about your unique personality type by using the GradWISE Selfie Evaluation – found here:

GradWISE Appointments Now Available at Caulfield Campus on Fridays

GradWise appointments will be available at Monash University Caulfield Campus on Fridays 9am – 5pm commencing July 19th, 2019. Contact Ed Osano to make an appointment or to touch base sooner!

2019 Diversity and Inclusion Awards

Tuesday, July 9th, 2019

2019 Vice-Chancellor’s Diversity and Inclusion Awards are Now Open!

The Vice-Chancellor’s Diversity and Inclusion Awards recognise students and staff (individuals or teams) who have made an outstanding contribution to supporting diversity and fostering inclusion at Monash and beyond.

In 2019, there is a total of $15,000 AUD available to be distributed among winners (allocations determined by the selection committee).

The awards are open to staff and students of Monash University (Australia and Malaysia), including:

  • academic and professional staff (full-time, part-time, casual and sessional)
  • Monash University students (full-time or part-time)
  • group projects (teams, committees and work units)

Submit Your Nomination

Nominations can be submitted by Monash University students and staff members, but a person can’t nominate:

  • themselves for an individual award
  • a group or team of which they are a member.

To make a nomination, please download and complete the nomination form (editable PDF) and submit it online.

Nominations close at 5:00 pm, Monday 5 August 2019.

Born at the Right Time Book Launch

Friday, June 28th, 2019

Ron McCallum Memoir: ‘Born at the Right Time’.

Ron McCallum, AO is Emeritus Professor of Law at the University of Sydney, a former Monash Law student, and the first totally blind person to be appointed to a full professorship at any university in Australia.

Ron has been chair of the United Nations Committee on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities in Geneva, has received a Centenary Medal for his work, and was the 2011 Senior Australian of the Year. He has recently released his memoir, ‘Born at the Right Time‘.

For more information, see this from Allen and Unwin publishers.

*You can register to attend Ron McCallum’s book launch and signing on Thursday 4 July 2019 6.00 pm at Monash Law Chambers, 555 Lonsdale Street by RSVP-ing here.

Graduate Insight Program

Friday, June 28th, 2019

Graduate Insight Program – Accessibility and Inclusion

*9:30am – 1pm, Friday 12 July 2019

*Register by 7 July 2019

Are you in your penultimate (second last) or final year of either an undergraduate or postgraduate degree?

The Graduate Insight Program – Accessibility and Inclusion is aimed at people with a disability, including those who have physical, mental, intellectual or sensory impairments that may hinder their full and effective participation in society on an equal basis with others. It provides insight into the Department of Justice and Community Safety’s Graduate Program and the career opportunities and pathways available.

The program will include:

  • Overview of the Graduate Program and application process
  • Panel discussion with current graduates
  • Morning tea with graduates and employees
  • Introduction to their Diversity Issues Unit
  • Career journey of a staff member with a disability

The Department of Justice and Community Safety are looking for people who want to make a difference. People who take pride in their work and who are committed to making Victoria a safer place.

They embrace diversity and strive to have a workforce that reflects the community they serve. They want to recruit the best people regardless of gender, age, disability, religion, sexual orientation or cultural background, and hope you will join them.

*Please note, places are limited and registering for this event doesn’t guarantee a placement. Further details will be provided to participants offered a placement in the program. To be eligible for the Graduate Insight Program you must be:

  • An Australian citizen, Permanent Resident of Australia or a New Zealand citizen
  • In your second last or final year of an undergraduate or postgraduate degree in any discipline.

Click here to register your interest >>

  • Registrations close midnight Sunday 7 July 2019

*For more information, please contact

Rise in Number of Children Excluded from Mainstream Classes

Friday, June 21st, 2019

Children with Autism Excluded from Mainstream Classes

An increasing number of students with autism are being excluded from mainstream classes according to new research which raises concerns about the segregation of children with disabilities.

Monash University research from Kate De Bruin has found that between 2009 and 2015, the inclusion of autistic students in mainstream classes dropped from 18.8 per cent to just 3.3 per cent.

For more information, read the full Age article.

IBM – A Legacy of Inclusion

Thursday, June 20th, 2019

How IBM Sets the Standard in Access and Inclusion

IBM has a proud history of diversity and inclusion which dates back over a century. Way ahead of its time, IBM hired women long before they were given the right to vote and hired its first employee with disability 76 years before the Americans with Disabilities Act.

Recognised as the Top Performer in AND’s 2018-19 Access and Inclusion Index, IBM continues to set the standard in access and inclusion.

AND (Australian Network on Disability) spoke with Keri Le Page, IBM Inclusion and Diversity Partner Australia/New Zealand, about accessibility at IBM today, and what that means for their suppliers and partners.

Opinion: Stop Hiring Autistic People for the Wrong Reasons

Monday, June 17th, 2019

Three Reasons That Should Not Drive Your Decision to Hire a Person with Autism

“I’m not a unicorn”says Ashlea McKay.  “Believe me, I want you to hire autistic people, but here are three reasons that should not be driving the decision to do so.”

“As an autistic job seeker myself, I can tell you that it’s pretty tough out here. I’ve been searching for 2.5 years now with no success. The job market is a minefield of myths, misconceptions and misunderstandings for autistic people and our unemployment rate is abysmal. A recent study found that here in Australia, 31.6% of autistic people are unemployed — a rate that is 3 times that for people with disabilities in general and is almost 6 times the unemployment rate for people who do not have a disability.”

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