Victorian Employer Enablement Project (VEEP)

The Australian Network on Disability’s (AND) Victorian Employer Enablement Project (VEEP) is designed to help employers reap the rewards of a more diverse workforce that includes people with disability. Funded by the Victorian Government, the project will run to December 2018, with a final report delivered in February 2019.

Employers participating in the program include Barwon Health, Bupa and the Royal Children’s Hospital, each committed to making it easier for people with disability to work in their organisations. These three organisations employ approximately 30,000 people between them and are part of the Health and Social Assistance industry – Victoria’s largest and fastest growing employing industry.

Around 30% of people with disability participating in the Federal Government’s Disability Employment Service (DES) program achieve a job that lasts at least six months. Our vision for VEEP is to more than double that and achieve a 70% retention rate at six months.

How it works

AND will provide expert resources and a targeted plan to help Barwon Health, Bupa and the Royal Children’s Hospital build their confidence and capability to hire, retain and promote people with disability.

Through VEEP, we’ll operate a demand-led brokerage model between the employers and high-quality disability employment service providers. This model will help to ensure the right candidates are matched to the right roles and quality post-placement support is provided.

Read about the launch of the VEEP project in: Victorian Employer Enablement Project to leapfrog journey to access and inclusion for three leading employers.

About Barwon Health

Barwon Health is Victoria’s largest regional healthcare service and the largest employer in the Geelong, Bellarine and Surf Coast region, employing more than 7,000 people. It serves a geographically dispersed population of 350,000 people through two major sites, with more than 1,000 beds and 21 locations stretching down the coast to Anglesea, Torquay and Lorne. Healthcare services available through Barwon Health cover the full spectrum from emergency and acute to mental health, primary care, community services, aged care and subacute/rehabilitation. Barwon Health’s community health centres provide a range of site-specific primary care, mental health, medical, pathology, optometry, medical imaging, and pharmacy services. Outreach clinics, home based services and telemedicine are available throughout the region; four residential aged care facilities service 370 people and the recently opened Sunrise Centre, a new state-of-the-art rehabilitation centre, is housed within Geelong’s Simonds Stadium.

About Bupa

Bupa is a leading healthcare organisation in Australia and New Zealand, proudly looking after the needs of 4.7 million Australians. Their members look to them for insurance, guidance through the healthcare system and to help manage their families' health for the long-term. Bupa offers cover for hospital, medical, ancillary and ambulance services and travel, home, car and life insurance. They also provide aged care facilities and services through Bupa Aged Care, health phone coaching through Bupa Medical TeleHealth, corporate health services through Bupa Wellness, eye care through Bupa Optical, dental services through Dental Corp and medical visa services through Bupa Medical Visa Services. In November 2017 Bupa opened its first Therapy Centre in West Melbourne. Bupa employs approximately 17,000 Australians.

About the Royal Children's Hospital

The Royal Children's Hospital (RCH) improves the health and wellbeing of children and adolescents through leadership in healthcare, research and education. RCH has been providing care for Victoria's children and their families for over 140 years. They are the major specialist paediatric hospital in Victoria and their care extends to children from Tasmania, southern New South Wales and other states around Australia and overseas. RCH provides a full range of clinical services, tertiary care and health promotion and prevention programs for children and young people and are the designated state-wide major trauma centre for paediatrics in Victoria and a Nationally Funded Centre for cardiac and liver transplantation. RCH employs approximately 4,500 staff.

To find out more about VEEP or discuss other project opportunities, please contact us.