Department of Social Services

Department of Social Services

Dept Social Service (DSS - formerly Dept Families, Housing, Communities and Indigenous Affairs) has a vision is for a strong and fair society for all Australians. Internally we apply this vision by supporting our staff to have equal access to social and economic participation and support and empower them to achieve their potential.

Our commitment to staff with disability is demonstrated by:

  • Appointment of a Senior Disability Champion at Deputy Secretary level;
  • Appointment of a designated position of Disability Access Coordinator;
  • Coordinating the DSS disAbility Leadership Group (FLAG). FLAG's vision is to advance the status of employees with disability across the whole Department and build FaHCSIA's leadership in this area;
  • Providing a support network for employees with hearing impairment;
  • Coordinating a mentoring program for employees with disability;
  • Co-facilitating the APS Diversity Coordinators Network;
  • Working with Diversity @ Work to develop a strategic approach to the employment of people with disability;
  • Working with the Australian Network on Disability to implement the 2012 traineeship for people with an intellectual disability;
  • Providing disability awareness and confidence training for staff and managers; Being a Gold member of the Australian Network on Disability;
  • Providing centralised funding for disability requirements for staff, such as equipment, training or adaptive technology;
  • Providing provisions within the Reasonable Adjustment policy to enable appropriately skilled people with disabilities to perform the inherent requirements of their positions;
  • Implementing the Disability Recruitment and Retention Strategy project to provide a framework for increasing the recruitment and retention of people with disability within FaHCSIA. Thus promoting an inclusive work environment and continuous improvement within the department;
  • Working with the Australian Network on Disability to implement better practice guides on recruiting and retaining people with disability;
  • Providing E-Learning modules designed to raise awareness and understanding of disability issues;
  • and Providing a range of practical fact sheets for managers and staff promoting good practice, including: * Disability in the workplace: What Managers should know * Disability Defined * Mental Health

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