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Disability Employment Webinar

Thursday, September 9th, 2021

Why Disability Employment is the Answer to Australia’s Skills Shortage

A free webinar for employers hosted by JobAccess

A slowdown in regional and international talent mobility has seen employers access an increasingly limited pool, as one in five Australian businesses faces skills shortages.

But what if you were able to build a steady, sustainable pipeline of diverse candidates to fill your vacancies? Register here to find out how.

People with disability are reliable, safe and productive employees and yet are overlooked by businesses when hiring.

Nearly 50% of people with disability of working age are looking for work and can be a great resource for industries facing skills gaps.

Progressive organisations are tapping into the diverse skills people with disability have to offer. In doing so, they are reaping the long-term benefits of higher productivity, staff retention and market innovation*.

Register Now for This Online Event

How do they do it? Register for our free online event to hear from disability-confident organisations who will join Paralympian Katrina Webb OAM to share how they broadened their talent pool by attracting and employing people with disability.

*You might recognise Katrina as part of Channel Seven’s Tokyo Paralympics 2020 commentator team.

You will have the opportunity to:

  • Learn first-hand a wide range of strategies and good practice to make your recruitment and employment processes more inclusive.
  • Interact with a panel of disability-confident employers who will share their learnings and experiences in supporting employees with disability, including mental health conditions.
  • Explore the free, sustainable supports and resources available to employ people with disability within your organisation.

When:  Thursday, 7 October 2021

Time:    1.00 pm to 2.15 pm – ACT, NSW, VIC and TAS
12.30 pm to 1.45 pm – SA
12.00 pm to 1.15 pm – QLD
11.30 am to 12.45 pm – NT
10.00 am to 11.15 am – WA

Where: Register to attend the webinar

RSVP:  Monday, 4 October 2021

  • Access: This event will have live transcribing. You will be asked to provide any access requirements during the registration process. Interpreters and electronic copies of presentation are available on request.
  • For more information or if you have any questions or require assistance, please contact us at

Free 2-Day Business Workshop

Tuesday, September 7th, 2021

Kickstart Your Business with This Free 2-Day Workshop

This 2-day workshop is made for people living with disability.

This workshop will give you the confidence to explore starting up your own business or taking your business to the next level with expert facilitators.

IgniteAbility Small Business Start-Ups Program

The IgniteAbility® Small Business Start-Ups program started in 2016 to support people living with a disability to explore, start or grow a small business in Australia.

In the last 5 years businesses like Carly’s Coffee Couriers and MB Disability Consultancy have been supported to gain the knowledge, skills and capacity they required to make their dream a reality.

5 things you will take away from your workshop:

  1. Ability to pitch your business idea to anyone.
  2. Identify gaps in your business knowledge from product development to compliance management.
  3. Understand the importance of a support network to grow your business.
  4. Complete a business map for your business.
  5. Opportunity to refer into our IgniteAbility® Small Business Start-Ups program.

This program provides free and ongoing business support with an expert facilitator.


  • How do I know if it is right for me?

Once you register, the team will reach out to help you answer the questions you might have.

  • Does this cost me anything?

No. The workshop is completely free.

  • What happens after I register?

You will be contacted with information about the best workshop for you and your needs.

Register Now for this 2-day online workshop!

Here are the dates:

  • Group 1: 13 & 15 September – 10am – 2:30pm
  • Group 2: 14 & 16 September – 10am – 2:30pm
  • Group 3: 20 & 22 September – 10am – 2:30pm
  • Group 4: 27 & 29 September – 10am – 2:30pm
  • Group 5: 28 & 30 September – 10am – 2:30pm
  • Group 6: 04 & 06 October – 10am – 2:30pm
  • Group 7: 11 & 13 October – 10am – 2:30pm
  • Group 8: 12 & 14 October – 10am – 2:30pm
  • Group 9: 18 & 20 October – 10am – 2:30pm

Click on this link to REGISTER NOW!

Free Online Training

Tuesday, September 7th, 2021

Community Training Now Available!

The Australian Centre for Disability Law has started free online Learning Together community training.

This training is for students with disability, families of students with disability and advocates who assist students with disability.

Online training is now available for students with disability, their families and advocates.

The training will be practical and interactive, and it will focus on:

  • Your rights
  • How to build a good relationship your school or education provider
  • Communication tips
  • How to deal with issues if they arise.

Register Now!

9 September |  10:00am to 11:30am
16 September  |  9:30am to 11:00am
7 October  |  1:00pm to 2:30pm
18 October  |  11:00am to 12:30pm

What is This Project All About?

ACDL has been funded by the Department of Social Services (DSS) through their Information Linkages & Capacity Building (ILC) programme to make it easier for students with disability to stay in mainstream education and reach their full potential.

They have created a detailed toolkit so that students and families can understand their rights, and advocate more effectively for reasonable adjustments.

  • Please see the following link to register today –
  • Any questions, please contact Laura –

Vision Australia’s 2022 Bursary Applications Closing Soon

Friday, September 3rd, 2021

Closing Soon: Applications Must be Submitted by 30 September 2021

The Vision Australia bursaries provide adaptive technology to help students fully participate and succeed in their chosen studies.

Assistive technology can eliminate barriers to education and enhance access to information.

It enables students to read course material, conduct research and improve their student life.

Are You, or Do You Know Someone That Should be Applying for This?

If so, then please pass on this information.

  • For more information and details on how to apply, please visit our Vision Australia Bursary page on the VA website.
  • Meet the 2021 recipients (VA website).
  • If you have any queries or would like to speak with our bursary coordinator, email or phone (03) 8378 1220.

Diversity and Inclusion Week 2021

Friday, September 3rd, 2021

Diversity and Inclusion Week – Register For Events Now!

Underpinned by the Diversity and Inclusion Framework, the week celebrates our diverse community and strengthens our inclusive culture.

It’s about helping to create an environment of involvement, respect and connection through sharing and learning from one another.

Looking for Something Different to Do During Your Lunchtime?

There are online events running everyday at lunchtime (12 – 2pm) during Diversity and Inclusion Week 13–17 September.

  • Monday – Understanding Intersectionality in the Learning Environment
  • Tuesday – Spring Celebrations Across Cultures
  • Wednesday – *Autism: A Personal Perspective, and Beyond Braille: Inclusive Tech for a Fairer World
  • Thursday – Mentoring and Mental Health: Opening the Conversation, and *Understanding Autism
  • Friday – Super Women

*Events hosted by Disability Support Services

Visit the Diversity and Inclusion Week website to find out more and to register for over 50 upcoming events.

There’s something for everyone so make sure not to miss out!

R U OK? Day 2021

Friday, September 3rd, 2021

R U OK? Day – 9 September 2021

R U OK?Day  – Thursday 9 September.

Are You Really OK?

2020 & 2021 has been an exceptional year and many people (across the world) have been affected by these challenging events.

Holidays have been cancelled, dinner plans and home gatherings have had to be rescheduled and hair appointments have been pushed out.

That’s naming just a few adjustments we’ve made over the past 18 months.

On September 9 it is R U OK Day and although mental health is an ongoing health issue, it is always great to take a moment, make a cup of your favourite beverage, find a quiet space and pick up your phone to check in with a friend.

You yourself may not be feeling ok, and want someone to talk with. Or there may be a significant person in your life who has not coped well in lock down.

A single conversation can have a lasting impact and change a life.

Call a Loved One and Ask if They’re OK

So, on September 9, we ask our DSS and Monash community to call a loved one and –

  1. Ask them if they are ok? This may feel like a tricky conversation, so here is a great website on how to start your dialogue
  2. Listen actively to how they are feeling
  3. Encourage positive action
  4. Check in and follow up with your friend

Currently many parts of Australia are vaccinating their way out of lockdown and, whilst in Melbourne we are confined to our 5km limit, please know that you are not alone.

If you would like to talk with someone, there are some fantastic support resources you can reach out to.

Young Carer Bursary Program

Friday, September 3rd, 2021

Applications Now Open!

What is the Young Carer Bursary?

young carers network

The Young Carer Bursary Program supports young carers to continue with their education. The program offers 1000 bursaries of $3000 each year. Young carers across Australia can apply from August until late September.

  • Applications for the Young Carers Bursary Program 2022 open from 16 August to 30 September 2021.

The program supports young carers to continue, or return to, their education with funding. The program will help you to remain in education or training while undertaking your caring responsibilities

Applications are open until 30 September 2021, to young carers in high school, TAFE, university and other vocational training.

  • For more information and to apply:

Higher Ed Survey – Call for Participants

Friday, September 3rd, 2021

Research Project: What constitutes success in Higher Education in Australia for Students with Disability?

Call for Participants

Edwina Newham, AccessAbility Adviser, Student Engagement at Swinburne University is conducting interviews as part of a research study to increase our understanding of what success means for students with disability in Higher Education in Australia.

Who is This Survey For?

The research aims to obtain in-depth and important insight from students who are users of AccessAbility/Disability services and require reasonable adjustment support because of having a disability, medical or mental health condition.

What Does the Survey Entail?

Edwina would like to conduct an interview with students. This will take around 25 – 30 minutes and is informal. Your responses to the questions will be recorded and kept confidential.

Why Have the Survey?

The interview data and findings will form part of a research project that will be made available to participants and other interested parties later.

The project aims to provide important information on what works and helps students with disability to succeed in their studies.

The research is looking at revising the current definition of success in Higher Education.

How Will Privacy Be Maintained?

Each interview will be assigned a code to ensure that personal identifiers are not revealed during the analysis and write up of findings.

Survey Details

There is no monetary compensation for participating in this study, however your participation will go toward a unique and important contribution of disability and Higher Education.

The interviews will be conducted remotely (MS teams or Zoom) and you will be able to obtain a transcript of the interviews later.

If You Wish to Participate

  1. Email  with subject Heading: Research Project: What constitutes success in Higher Education in Australia for Students with Disability? Call for student participants.
  2. Include a weekday and time that suits you to be interviewed.
  3. Include any access requirements you require.

Mentoring at Monash LinkedIn

Thursday, September 2nd, 2021

Mentoring at Monash LinkedIn Page and Group

There is a new Mentoring at Monash LinkedIn page, alongside our new Mentoring at Monash LinkedIn group.

Mentoring at Monash would like to invite you to follow the page and join the group as part of our Monash mentoring community!

Mentoring Tips, Advice, and Professional Development

The Mentoring at Monash LinkedIn page and group will be host to mentoring stories, tips and advice, professional development, mentoring opportunities and more.

The group in particular will be a great place for the mentoring community and even those new to mentoring to get involved, share your mentoring experiences and help other members with advice.

We look forward to welcoming you all to our new Mentoring at Monash LinkedIn.

  • If you have any questions, please feel free to reach out to us at

Monash Alumi’s Successful Disability Support Service

Thursday, September 2nd, 2021

Best Mates Apply Monash Commerce Skills to Build Successful Disability Support Service

David Bookman and Ryan Kagan

David Bookman and Ryan Kagan

Meet David and Ryan

*Meet David and Ryan and the team when they hold an exclusive session for Monash students where they will explain what disability support work is, how their service works and how to get involved with their business.

  • Date: 22 September 2021
  • Time: 11.00 – 12.00

*Register Now:

David Bookman and Ryan Kagan are best friends and business partners, using the skills and knowledge they have gained at Monash Business School to help improve the lives of people with disabilities.

The two Bachelor of Commerce students have launched Buttons Support Services, a thriving start-up matching support workers with people with disabilities through the NDIS.

They have come a long way since their final year of high school, when their top priorities outside studying were “footy and socialising”.

On the cusp of the pandemic in early 2020, the pair took a risk to launch Buttons Support after identifying what they saw as a gap in the market.

Buttons Support Services

Buttons Support Services aims to positively impact the lives of people with disabilities, and encourage young people to work in the sector as support workers.

The service’s ethos is to match children and adults with disabilities to age- appropriate, personality-specific support workers, which aims to build good, sustainable relationships and allow both parties to thrive.

The pair said since launching, Buttons Support Services rates had paid a collective $50,000 above industry award rates, to the support workers on their books.

“For far too long people with a disability and their families have yearned for relatable, authentic and reliable people to support them,” David says.

“Through Buttons, young adults are delivering this support, while injecting a new energy into the sector.

“Our aim is to make the support work role as accessible and comfortable as possible for young adults. If we can do a good job in supporting more young support workers to transition into this role, we as a community will be better for it.”

Desire to Make a Difference in Disability Support

For both students, the desire to make a difference in the disability support sector manifested during their school years.

After finishing VCE, David and Ryan both volunteered with Flying Fox Camps, a youth-led recreational camp network for special-needs kids, gaining their first experience of disabled advocacy.

Taking a gap year in 2016 before beginning their Bachelor of Commerce degrees, they also took up paid employment with Flying Fox, the camp network’s parent organisation which gives young people with disabilities positive social interactions and life-changing experiences.

Throughout their studies they balanced work in the disability sector with study commitments, before striking out on their own venture.

“When David and Ryan saw a problem in the disability sector they actively worked to solve it”
David says Flying Fox taught them “commerce/business and social change can be one and the same”.

“In-terms of learning opportunities, experience and personal fulfilment, I felt that starting our own business really ticked all those boxes,” David says.

“We constantly have to teach ourselves new skills, confront new challenges – which is extremely beneficial for a young professional.”

Ryan, who studied marketing as part of his degree, described launching a new venture in 2020 on the cusp of the pandemic as “an interesting environment”.

“(But) we kept our goal really simple: Validate the service. I think we have done that, and our focus now is scaling and creating new initiatives that cater to the needs of the industry,” he says.

“To have studied both finance and marketing has certainly enhanced my ability to create and grow a professional service, driven by passion and social change.”

Associate Professor Nicholas McGuigan, Director of Monash Business School’s Equity, Diversity and Social Inclusion portfolio, said the Business School celebrated initiatives such as Buttons.

“We are interested in advancing positive change across industries and we go out of our way to facilitate that type of development across our programs,” Associate Professor McGuigan said.

“When David and Ryan saw a problem in the disability sector they actively worked to solve it, launching Buttons Support Services as a dynamic, engaging organisation that partners with its young support workers and clients to bring about authentic relationships and reliable support to those in need.”

Register Now