Workplace adjustments, employer confidence vital to bridge disability employment gap: JobAccess National research

  • National survey found knowledge gaps in understanding of workplace adjustments.
  • 60 per cent of Australians are unaware about adjustments.
  • 40 per cent estimate the cost of workplace adjustments to be significant.
  • Improving accessibility is crucial to ensuring the socio-economic participation of 4.4 million Australians with disability.

Making workplace adjustments is simple, cost-effective and benefits everyone. Yet, 60 per cent of Australians lack awareness about adjustments and only 2 in 5 people perceive workplace adjustments as something easy. Additionally, most of them are unsure about the costs and benefits of implementation.

These findings are part of JobAccess‘ recent survey titled “Understanding workplace attitudes toward people with disability,” unveiled today.

The nationwide survey aimed to gauge the awareness of disability and, more specifically, the understanding of workplace adjustments.

Unveiling the results, JobAccess General Manager Daniel Valiente-Riedl, said, “Workplace adjustments benefit everyone. It is one of the most effective ways to enable people with disability to access employment opportunities and work efficiently and comfortably. Yet, three in five Australians haven’t heard about adjustments.”

“This is a major challenge and missed opportunity for employers, seeing Australia’s disability employment gap has not changed in two decades and ongoing skills shortage that the businesses are facing.”

One key factor that the research revealed is the cost of implementing workplace adjustments. Forty per cent of respondents estimate the cost to be significant with an average cost of modifications starting at $6,800.

“Making workplace adjustments is easy and comes at no cost. JobAccess

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