Building Disability Confident Recruiters – Overview for Recruiters

The Australian Network on Disability (AND) member organisations continue to improve their recruitment and selection processes, and onboarding and retention strategies in an attempt to attract and retain talent from diverse groups. Organisations look to external partners to source talent and rely on those partners to identify the skills and attributes required.

If those recruitment partners have unintended barriers in their recruitment processes, they will not be representing talent from all diverse groups and the efforts our members make to attract talent will be diluted.

AND is looking to work with the recruitment industry to give recruitment companies the skills and tools to become disability confident. AND recognises the key role recruitment companies play within the employment cycle, connecting skilled individuals to organisations. We also recognise that if barriers exist throughout the recruitment process, people with disability will not have the opportunity to connect with employers.

We understand that recruitment companies want to supply skilled applicants from diverse groups. This has been evident in our discussions with several recruiters; however most recruitment companies are currently not aware of how to make the linkage between attracting skills and making adjustments for people with disability.

AND concept:

  • Recruitment companies undertake a program to develop their disability confidence and achieve the ‘Disability Confident Recruiter’ logo
  • AND will administer the program and charge a joining fee
  • Annual accreditation which will incur an annual fee

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Why recruitment companies should become disability confident:

Attract skilled candidates with disability

  • Meet your clients’ diversity needs
  • Win new business by meeting corporate requirements in the tender process
  • Build a reputation as an organisation that delivers best practice recruitment solutions
  • Analyse your recruitment process to identify and rectify unintended barriers
  • Reduce the risk of receiving a disability discrimination complaint

To become a ‘Disability Confident Recruiter’, AND will support recruitment companies to:

  • remove unintended barriers to the recruitment and selection process
  • assess the accessibility of their website
  • train their recruitment consultants and staff in disability confidence via an eLearn
  • follow the Disability Confident Recruiter charter.

For more information about the Disability Confident Recruiter program please contact DCR Program Managers Samantha Dancey and Emily Sparling by email at dcr@and.org.au or phone (02) 8270 9200.