Disability Leadership Program, Does your organisation have an Access and Inclusion Plan?, Launch of our new e-learns, NAIDOC week, Highlights from our Conference and celebrating Award winners, and Terms of Engagement.

Disability Leadership Program

Australian Network on Disability and the Australian Institute of Company Directors (AICD) are partnering again to further the inclusion of people with disability on boards.

This new initiative will see 85 scholarships awarded to leaders with disability.  The scholarships, funded by the Australian Government Department of Social Services, will support leaders with disability by providing an opportunity to uplift their governance knowledge.

Scholarship recipients will undertake the Company Directors Course or the Foundations of Directorship course at AICD. Courses are likely to start at the end of November 2022 and run into the next calendar year.

In addition to the course, scholarship holders will receive a complimentary one-year:

  • AICD membership
  • Directorship Opportunities subscription, Australia’s foremost listing platform which provides the widest choices for directorship positions

To help maximise board career opportunities, the program will also work with existing directors to build disability confidence through Leader-to-Leader Conversations facilitated by Australian Network on Disability.

To apply for the Disability Leadership Scholarship visit The Australian Scholarship Foundation (ASF) website; our facilitating partner for the application process. Applications are open now until 27 July 2022.

Does your organisation have an Access and Inclusion Plan? 

Master your Access and Inclusion Plan with our Access and Inclusion Plan (AIP) Masterclass

Registrations are now open to join our next cohort of the Access and Inclusion Plan Master Class Series. Starting on Tuesday 9 of August, be guided through informative workshops, hear from guest speakers sharing top tips, and learn from other organisations on the journey.

“Shout out to AND, the Master Class was invaluable. The Master Class kept us accountable and ensured we were ticking the right boxes” – Dan Frost, Assistant Director- Culture and Inclusion, National Disability Insurance Agency

This 3-month course comprises of 8 sessions ranging from 45 to 90 minutes, all held online. The course is split between workshops and collaboration sessions. The Workshops are broken into three clear milestones of project delivery: Engage, Consult and Deliver. At the end of the AIP Master Class, you will have all the resources, knowledge and understanding you need to create an Access and Inclusion Plan.

We are running two information sessions to learn more, on Tuesday 26 July 2022 Tuesday 2 August 2022. There are non-member and member rates, with organisations able to choose pay per invoice or member hours.

Contact your Relationship Manager or if you are not yet a member, email memberexperienceteam@and.org.au or call 02 8270 9200 for more info.

Launch of our new e-learns

We are hugely excited to announce the release of our brand new e-learns!

Our e-learns are the perfect way to build your organisation’s disability confidence and embed the skills you need to support people with disability across your business.

We have 11 modules that support general workforces, managers, recruiters, and customer service teams to feel more confident in their ability to support, manage, and include people with disability.

For more information please reach out to the team or see e-learns for disability confident organisations on our website.

NAIDOC week 

NAIDOC Week. Get up! Stand up! Show up! 3-10 July 2022

This week (3rd to 10th of July) is NAIDOC week. NAIDOC week aims to increase the awareness in the wider community of the status and treatment of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Australians through celebrating the history, culture and achievements.

Below are some figures highlighting the intersectionality and disproportionate impact of these communities: –

  • Almost one-quarter (24%) had disability.
  • 3% had a physical disability, the most commonly reported disability.
  • Over half (56.2%) were not in the labour force, compared with 24.3% of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people of the same age with no disability.
  • One-third (33.1%) were employed, compared with 64.5% of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people of the same age with no disability .
  • 2% reported they had avoided situations due to their disability (aged 15 years and over with disability).

ABS 2018 Survey of Disability, Ageing and Carers.

What is your organisation doing to celebrate NAIDOC week? Find out more about NAIDOC week.

It’s time to celebrate the many who have driven and led change in our communities over generations—they have been champions of change, of equal rights and even basic human rights. Let’s Get Up! Stand Up! Show Up! to keep narrowing the gap.

Highlights from our Conference and celebrating Award winners

Group of seven people standing holding certificates and awards, smiling, with their hands in the air in celebration. Purple Australian Network on Disability banner behind them.

“I had the absolute pleasure of attending the best conference of my life last week. It was hands down the best conference I’ve been to and I keep talking about it to people” – Tara Martin, Compass Group.

It has been one month since our conference and inaugural awards night and what better time to reflect on the learnings, experiences and insights shared to keep the momentum.

This article reflects on the highlights from our conference and awards night, looking at the topics explored, where to find the recording and resources, a small sneak peak into details of next year’s Conference, and more. Read highlights from our Conference and celebrating Award winners.

Terms of Engagement

We recently updated our Terms of Engagement. Please reach out to the team if you have any questions.