Section 10: Getting further information
Here you will find information about agencies, organisations, websites and other resources that will help you to research more about graduates with disability and graduate employment. Please note that these websites and resources are external to National Disability Coordination Officer Program and therefore we have no control over the content of the linked sites or how readily they are kept current or accurate. We have not conducted a full review of each of the websites listed and therefore are not recommending the content or have a view on the quality of information they provide. Instead we have provided these details to assist readers to initiate their own research for further information.
Agencies and organisations
Here are some agencies and organisations you can contact for more information, advice and/or assistance. We have included national peak bodies, complaints bodies and key government agencies plus links to finding your local contacts:
Australian Human Rights Commission: The Australian Human Rights Commission is an independent statutory organisation that works to protect and promote the human rights of all people in Australia.
Anti-discrimination bodies in Australian States & Territories: Each state and territory in Australia has its own anti-discrimination body which deals with that state or territory's own anti-discrimination legislation
Disability Employment Australia: The peak body for Australia's Disability Employment Services. DEA advise, lobby, advocate, provide training, information, events and promote the range of services delivered by the Disability Employment Services. To find out more about Disability Employment Services and how they operate contact DEA.
Australian Association of Graduate Employers: The peak industry body representing organisations that recruit and develop Australian graduates. AAGE hold an annual conference bringing together graduate employers, career advisors and service providers. It also publishes an annual survey of graduate employers and graduates about current graduate recruitment trends and outcomes. AAGE provide information and advice to their members about graduate recruitment across Australia.
Australasian Network of Students With Disabilities: a student organisation, advocating, promoting, lobbying and campaigning on disability issues regarding equality, access, and representation of students with disabilities and chronic medical conditions in the tertiary education sector throughout Australia and Aotearoa New Zealand.
Australian Network on Disability: a not-for-profit organisation made up of disability consultants who support a network of member employers on being disability confident and inclusive employers.
Centrelink: is the government agency that provides payments and services to Australians on behalf of the Commonwealth Government.
Complaints Resolution and Referral Service: an independent service that handles complaints about Disability Employment Service providers (and other specific types of funded disability services) across Australia.
Department of Education and Training and Department of Employment: the lead government agencies providing policy frameworks, funding and monitoring quality of education and employment programs, and implementing programs for better education, employment and workplace relations across Australia.
Job Access: a government program that provides free over-the-phone and web-based information & advice to job seekers, employees & employers regarding disability employment.
Australian Centre for Disability Law: a service for people with disability and their associates wanting to make use of the anti-disability discrimination legislation. Their website includes some useful downloadable documents regarding disability discrimination and frequently asked questions.
National Disability Coordination Officer Programme: is funded by the Australian Government Department of Education and Training to improve the coordination and delivery of local support services to help people with disabilities enrol and successfully participate in post-school education, training and employment. There are 30 NDCO regions across Australia.
Career services in TAFE, Registered Training Organisations and universities
Australian Council for Private Education and Training (ACPET): the national industry association for independent providers of post-compulsory education and training. ACPET Registered Training Organisation members are encouraged to provide career services through the Education to Employment network for education providers and employers.
TAFE's: you can find out about each TAFE's career services by contacting the TAFE directly or checking out their website.
Further disability specific information
Autism Spectrum Australia (Aspect): is a not-for-profit community organisation which provides lobbying on behalf of and information and services to people with Autism Spectrum Disorder, their families and communities.
Chronic Medical Conditions: There are many existing agencies associated with specific chronic medical conditions, rather than one overarching body relevant to all conditions in this category. Here is a list of those agencies relating to some of the most common conditions (each website lists the contact details for each individual agency):
- Diabetes Australia
- Emerge Australia (regarding Chronic Fatigue Syndrome)
- Cystic Fibrosis Australia
- Cancer Council Australia
- Crohn's and Colitis Australia
- National Asthma Council
- Arthritis Australia
- Epilepsy Australia
- National Association of People Living with HIV/AIDS
Deafness Forum of Australia: peak body for deafness in Australia including people who are Deaf and hearing impaired.
T: National Relay Service (NRS) 133 677 quoting TTY: 02 6262 7809
Inclusion Australia: national peak body for people with Intellectual Disability and their associates.
Mental Health Australia: peak national non-government organisation representing the interests of the mental health sector.
Physical Disability Australia: national peak body representing people with physical disability across Australia.
The Australian Federation of SPELD Associations: responds to the needs of children and adults with Specific Learning Difficulties/Disabilities, such as the learning disability dyslexia, and those who care for, teach, and work with them, through the dissemination of information, advocacy, research, and support.
Vision Australia: a not- for-profit community organisation providing services, facilities, and information to people who are blind and people with vision impairment and their associates.
Useful web-based resources
Here are a list of useful web-based resources that are particularly relevant to graduates with disability and their transition into graduate employment.
'AAGE Annual Employer Survey' is an annual survey of graduate employers specifically measuring the graduate recruitment trends for the year, including salary and vacancy rates; and spending on graduate recruitment and marketing. Find information about the survey on the page titled 'Research'. The full resource can be purchased through at the Association of Australian Graduate Employers.
Australian Association of Graduate Employers: the peak industry body representing organisations that recruit and develop Australian graduates. Check out this website for details of their annual conference bringing together Graduate Employers, Career Advisors and service providers specifically to consider graduate recruitment. The site also includes an annual survey of graduate employers and graduates about current graduate recruitment trends and outcomes.
Australian Disability Clearinghouse on Education and Training Employment: this is a web based information source that provides information about inclusive education, training and employment of people with disabilities including factsheets, articles and agency contacts. Search on 'employment'.
Australian Human Rights Commission's Disability Employment: the Commission is the independent statutory body that promotes and protects Australian human rights, including anti-discrimination matters in employment. This webpage covers a range of issues relating to the prevention of disability discrimination in employment and promotion of inclusive workplace practices. Go to 'disability rights' section and click on 'employment'.
Australian Network on Disability's Factsheets: a not-for-profit organisation resourced by its members to advance the inclusion of people with disability in all aspects of business. They help its members and clients to welcome people with disability as employees, customers and suppliers. The website includes a great collection of Fact Sheets related to employing people with disability.
Career Tips: by Edge Employment in Western Australia, this website is a good source of tips and advice for final year students of school, TAFE and university. It also includes information for employers and Career Advisors.
'Choosing Your Path: Disclosure: It's a Personal Decision' is a website developed by our program for people with disabilities, educators and employers about disability disclosure. Disclosure of disability presents a number of challenges & choices for people with a disability, particularly those participating in education and employment. Choices may include 'Do I need to disclose my disability', ''when do I disclose my disability', 'how do I disclose my disability', 'what are my rights', 'do I have responsibilities when I disclose'. Employers and educators may also be challenged in relation to their role and responsibilities when a person discloses their disability.
'GO! Graduate Opportunities' is an annual guide for graduates about graduate employment. It is an excellent source of essential information and can be viewed and ordered at the Graduate Careers Australia website.
Graduate Careers Australia: a comprehensive source of information about graduate careers and employment. The website provides a range of resources for students and graduates of Australian universities, as well as employers, careers professionals and researchers.
Job Access' Workplace Adjustment Tool: lets you search for ideas on how to make a workplace more accessible for people with disability. You can search for ideas based on the type of job being undertaken, a particular disability, a type of product or a particular supplier. Search on 'workplace adjustment tool'.
'Manager's Guide: Disability in the Workplace' (2009) by the Australian Network on Disability. This resource is about best practice recruitment, retention and managing people with disability. You can order a copy from the Network's website.
'The 411 on Disability Disclosure: A Workbook for Youth with Disabilities' by the National Collaborative on Workforce and Disability for Youth (NCWD/Youth) in the United States. This is a great resource for young people with disability about disability disclosure. It is designed to help young people make informed decisions about whether or not to disclose their disability & understand how that decision may impact their education, employment, & social lives.
'Workers with Mental Illness: A Practical Guide for Managers' (2010) by the Australian Human Rights Commission. This guide specifically addresses proactive ways to face the challenges experienced by employers in the growing recognition of mental illness in our workforce and the impact of work on employees' mental health. You can download a copy from the Commission website.