Melbourne’s November Roundtable Roundup

Mon 4 December 2017

Our final Roundtable of the year in Melbourne on Thursday 30 November offered our Melbourne Members the opportunity to come together to celebrate International Day of People with Disability (IDPD).

Hosted by Silver Member, DFP Recruitment, in Queen Street Melbourne there was a great turn out. Anthea Iliades, Manager People and Performance from DFP Recruitment welcomed everyone and talked about the work they're doing in the Diversity and Inclusion space, specifically about the inclusion of people with disability.

In the past year DFP Recruitment has received applications from 1400 candidates with disability and they've placed over 300 people with disability into roles. Anthea described the work they did through the Australian Network on Disability (AND)’s Disability Confident Recruiter program as being very helpful in developing a barrier free process. She also mentioned that she believes Australia is approaching a ‘tipping point’ with an opportunity to really drive change and increase inclusion with people with disability in employment.

The National Disability Insurance Agency (NDIA) and Cummins presented on their experiences and practices when onboarding new team members with disability. Clare McArthur, ‎Director, Diversity and Inclusion and Kym Linic, Assistant Director, Recruitment from NDIA presented on their attraction and onboarding practices. They talked about the importance of having all the adjustments in place before someone starts the job. Clare shared the great result of 66% of their graduates starting next year are people with disability.

John Bortolussi, Director Engineering from Cummins shared the organisations experiences of taking part in AND’s Stepping Into Internship and PACE Mentoring programs. Cummins employed two Stepping Into Internship students and supported a PACE Mentoring jobseeker who since has transitioned to an Internship opportunity. He discussed the importance of workplace adjustments and the ability to have confident conversations with individuals about what adjustments they may need. John also touched on how adjustments may change at different points of the employment cycle.

In celebration of IDPD, Meg Dalling, Accessibility and Inclusion Plan Lead, ANZ Bank talked about the work they're doing at ANZ to build an accessible and inclusive bank for employees, customers and the community. Meg talked about ANZ’s 5th Accessibility and Inclusion Plan (AIP) and the importance of listening to their customers and employees to develop an accessible environment for all.

Bianca Witkin, Chief People Officer from PAXUS was there to accept a certificate for completion of the Disability Confident Recruiter program. Congrats to PAXUS on their achievement.

Bianca Witkin, Chief People Officer from PAXUS accepts Disability  Confident Recruiter Certificate from Amy Whalley, Deputy CEO at AND

Amy Whalley from AND concluded the meeting by celebrating AND’s 200th Member and sharing the results of our 2017 Disability Confidence Survey.

If you missed the November Roundtable, you can access the slides on the member section of our website.

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