Push to have more Aboriginals working in disability sector
National Disability Services WA is WA’s peak body for non-government disability service organisations.
NDS WA has created an Aboriginal employment guide to help support organisations like GIFSA to recruit and retain an Aboriginal workforce.
The guide is being revised and GIFSA is providing feedback and input. At GIFSA, our Aboriginal workforce has peaked at 16 per cent of total employees and averages 10-15 per cent of total headcount. By any measure, this is an outstanding result when other organisations struggle to reach double figures, including government agencies. Why is this guide important? Because the National Disability Insurance Scheme is expected to create 10,000 new jobs across WA and therefore there is an opportunity for Aboriginal people to consider a career in disability services. The Aboriginal Resources and Pathways Project is an initiative to improve communication between disability service providers and Aboriginal Communities in order to enhance the rates of access and outcomes for Aboriginal people with disabilities.
The project was developed in response to concerns and requests from disability service providers for capacity building assistance in networking with Aboriginal communities.
The objectives of the project are first, the development of an interactive online resource to assist disability services to implement evidence-based practical ways to improve service access and quality for Aboriginal people, and second, to develop local networks of Aboriginal communities and disability services to foster information sharing, service planning and identify emerging unmet need at a local level.