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Stepping Into Internships Update

Friday, September 20th, 2019

Stepping Into Internships – Two Weeks To Go!

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Positions include:

  • Technology Intern (Melbourne)
  • Accessibility Plan Intern (Melbourne)


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Positions include:

  • Civil Engineer or Environmental Engineer/Scientist or Project Manager Intern (Canberra)
  • Environment & Resources Intern (Melbourne)


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Positions include:

  • Mine Planning Intern (Perth)
  • Planning and Technical Intern (Brisbane)
  • Operations Finance Intern (Melbourne & Perth)


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Positions include:

  • Marine Division Program Management Intern (Canberra)
  • Policy Development and Advice Intern (Canberra)


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Positions include:

  • Comms Specialist Intern (Sydney or Melbourne)
  • Demand and Performance Analyst Intern (Melbourne)


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Positions include:

  • Mental Health Support Officer Intern (Geelong Location: Hunter Region, NSW, or Perth, WA may also be considered)
  • ICT Support Officer Intern (Canberra)


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Positions include:

  • Human Resources Intern (Brisbane)
  • Strategic Contract Management Intern (Brisbane)


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Positions include:

  • Legal Intern (Melbourne)
  • Strategy and Finance Intern (Melbourne)


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Positions include:

  • Supplier Inclusion & Diversity Assistant Intern (Sydney)
  • Analyst Intern (Sydney)


We have plenty more organisations and positions listed on our website!

If you’ve already applied – thank you! We have had more positions added since our first email, so be sure to check our website for the updated list, and email you would like to change your preferences. Don’t forget to share this email with people you know who might be interested, too!

If you haven’t already applied: applications close Friday 4th October. Head to our website to view all available positions, and apply here!

Am I eligible?

  • Stage of study: final or second last year of university
  • Discipline of Study: All are encouraged to apply
  • Citizenship status: Australian citizen, Permanent Resident or international student with full working rights in Australia

AND accepts applications from students with all types of disability including, but not limited to: physical disability, mental health conditions, sensory impairments and immunological conditions.

How do I apply?

Read the details on our information page for students and complete our online application form by 4th October 2019

Who do I contact if I have more questions?

To speak to a member of the Stepping Into team call 1300 36 36 45 or email

Find Out More About Stepping Into

Understanding the NDIS

Thursday, September 12th, 2019

“Understanding the NDIS” Workshops Accessible for People with Disability

During 2018-19, the Australian Federation of disability Organisations (AFDO), conducted a series of workshops called “Understanding the NDIS”, for people with disability, families and carers.

They also wanted to help those who could not attend a workshop in person so they don’t have to miss out on the information. So they filmed the workshop, from which they made 9 videos which you can find at this site.

The workshop explains important NDIS ideas and processes in plain, easy to understand language. It helps people with disability and their families to have increased understanding of the NDIS and confidence in dealing with the NDIA.

Workshop Videos Access Features

All videos have Auslan interpreting, captioning and audio description. A transcript for each video is also available.

The PDF or Word versions of the workshop handbook and factsheets can be downloaded from:

If you would like to purchase a hard copy of these materials in print or braille, for $10.00 per set, (postage included), please email AFDO at

Top Content

Thursday, September 12th, 2019

Top Content from AND – Australian Network on Disability

What topics are of most interest to our network? What strategies are getting results? Which local and global news stories are sparking conversations? Here’s a roundup of top content to help you stay in the know.

Top LinkedIn posts

  1. 12 of the biggest challenges people with disabilities face when pursuing an office job
  2. How to disclose a disability to your employer (and whether you should)
  3. The power of person-first language in the workplace 
  4. Employment without barriers – an open letter to recruitment decision makers
  5. What’s the difference between mental health and mental illness?

Top Tweets

  1. Australian advocates travel to UN to highlight discrimination against migrants with disabilities
  2. Forces for change – 7 ways to build a more accessible and inclusive workplace
  3. The economic benefits of increasing employment for people with disability
  4. Belonging in the workplace: A new approach to diversity and inclusivity
  5. Dylan Alcott launches campaign fighting barriers to work for people with disability

Top content from AND

  1. Workplace adjustments in best-practice organisations
  2. 3 Steps to take before you ask employees about their disability status
  3. Tips for creating inclusive products and services 
  4. Key dates and campaigns to add to your calendar
  5. Interview with Medibank: How we became a top performer in access and inclusion

The Lived Experience of Disability

Wednesday, September 11th, 2019

Disability – The Lived Experience

Monash University, in conjunction with the City of Glen Eira as part of Diversity and Inclusion Week, proudly present Disability – The Lived Experience. Three presenters, all with a different lived experience of disability, will share their unique stories.

  • Date: Tuesday 8 October, 12–1pm
  • Venue: Marquee on the Green, Caulfield campus

*A free light lunch will be provided. Registrations close 1 October.

*For more information, and to book for this event, please go to this webpage.

How to Write More Accessible Social Media Posts

Tuesday, September 3rd, 2019

How can you be more inclusive of a diverse audience on social media? 

We asked the accessibility experts from Intopia for their top tips on how to write more accessible posts on Facebook, Instagram, LinkedIn and Twitter.

Rusty Tweed Scholarship

Tuesday, September 3rd, 2019

Out of the U.S. comes the Rusty Tweed Scholarship!

Here is the entry URL:

Scholarship main details:

Scholarship Amount: $1000

Essay Question: Why does economics matter to you?

Submission Deadline: March 1, 2020

Eligibility Requirements: High school students graduating this school year and have been accepted into a college, university, trade school, or design school. Students currently enrolled in a college, university, trade school, or design school. Undergraduates enrolled in college do not have to be pursuing an economics major to be eligible. Non-US residents are welcome to apply.

The Business Case for Digital Accessibility

Tuesday, September 3rd, 2019

How can digital accessibility drive innovation, enhance your brand, extend your market reach and minimise your legal risk?

The Business Case for Digital Accessibility explores key advantages of web accessibility to businesses of all types. It provides research and examples to inspire confidence among leaders and decision-makers that continued investment in accessibility is good for your business.

Read the Business Case for Digital Accessibility

Intern Discovers Her Career Potential Through Work Experience at DSS

Tuesday, September 3rd, 2019

The Tasmania State Office of the Department of Social Services (DSS) has successfully welcomed several talented interns with disability into the workplace through the Stepping Into program.

Their most recent recruit, Amelia, came to the program with one particular issue she was keen to explore. She lives with fibromyalgia and rheumatoid arthritis, which causes unpredictable bursts of pain, and she wanted to test how she could work around her pain in the workplace.

Read about Amelia’s experience at DSS

7 Ways to Build a More Accessible and Inclusive Workplace

Tuesday, September 3rd, 2019

More than 250 professionals from 120 leading organisations came together for the Australian Network on Disability Conference in May to discuss the forces that are driving organisations to be more accessible and inclusive. Seven key forces were highlighted as contributing to positive change and sustainable progress.

Find out 7 ways to build a more accessible and inclusive workplace

QBE Offers Practical Support to Jobseekers

Tuesday, September 3rd, 2019

Managers and specialists across all areas of QBE have helped jobseekers with disability to gain vital workplace exposure and prepare for their chosen career.

In a recent Recruitment Skills Workshop hosted by QBE and Allegis Global Solutions, jobseekers were provided with expert application and interview tips, as well as a chance to ask important questions about how to stand out in a competitive job market.

Here’s some of their advice and their top 10 tips for jobseekers.