Thursday, November 1st, 2018 - Australian Network on Disability

Fifty University and TAFE students with disability in four Victorian regional communities will benefit from a new project funded by the Victorian Government.

The Australian Network on Disability (AND) was selected to deliver the project and has launched Connect50,  which will see businesses across Ballarat, Bendigo, Geelong and Latrobe Valley offer paid internships to 50 tertiary students by 2020.

‘Connect50 puts power in the hands of employers to progress the economic participation of people with disability and discover ways to build disability confidence and capability across their business,’ said Suzanne Colbert AM, CEO of the Australian Network on Disability.

‘This project represents a unique opportunity, not only for the 50 students with disability who’ll gain an enhanced pathway to employment, but for employers to demonstrate their commitment to inclusion, tap into a pool of talented candidates with disability, and realise the benefits of a more diverse workforce.’

AND will work closely with each employer to identify their recruitment goals, eliminate potential barriers and equip them with tools and guidance to effectively recruit and support interns with disability. A shortlist of candidates will be provided by AND to each employer based on their suitability for the role, with internships commencing in Summer 2018/19, Winter 2019, Summer 2019/20 and Winter 2020.

The Victorian economic participation plan for people with disability recognises that more needs to be done to address barriers and discrimination experienced by people with disability. Only 50% of graduates with disability are employed compared to 76% of graduates without disability. Through Connect50, students will gain vital work experience and businesses will meet talented people with disability who are potential future employees.

‘We know from the enormous success of our Stepping Into internship program the many and sustainable benefits of a demand-led approach to employment of people with disability. The onus is on employers to seize this opportunity to cultivate a more diverse and inclusive workplace and actively contribute to a more inclusive Victorian economy,’ said Ms Colbert.

The initiative is part of the Victorian Government’s Every opportunity: Victoria’s economic participation plan for people with disability 2018-2020.

Media contact:
Amy Whalley, Deputy CEO
Australian Network on Disability
Phone: 02 8270 9250
Mobile: 0450 477 632
Email: [email protected]


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Australian Network on Disability

The Australian Network on Disability is a national, membership based, for-purpose organisation that makes it easier for organisations to welcome people with disability in all aspects of business.

We are driven by our belief that people with disability are skilled and capable social and economic contributors, entitled to equitable opportunities in society. We work together with your business to help you increase your disability confidence, engagement and action.

We’re not an employment agency, and don’t find jobs for people with disability. We give support, conduct training, share our knowledge and facilitate networking opportunities so that you can become disability confident.

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Regional Victoria to benefit from new internship project




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