Per Capita and the Business Council of Cooperatives and Mutuals undertook research into the current state of employment of people with disabilities in the CME sector compared to the national average, through a combination of desktop research, an online survey of workers and workshops with sector representatives.
We found that the CME sector generally is more inclusive of people with disabilities than the average Australian workplace, and that leaders in the sector evince a greater understanding of the needs of people with disabilities in the workplace, and of the benefits of a more diverse and inclusive workforce.
At the same time, we uncovered particular challenges and potential barriers to increasing the number of employees with disabilities in the sector; however, given the strong commitment to inclusion demonstrated by sector leaders, and the recognition of the opportunities that come with a more diverse and representative workforce, the tools to overcome such barriers are more readily at hand within the sector than in some other workplaces.
This report outlines our findings about the state of disability inclusion across the CME sector in Australia.
Emma Dawson is the Executive Director of Per Capita. Formerly, she was a senior advisor on Digital Inclusion at Telstra, Executive Director of the Institute for a Broadband Enabled Society at the University of Melbourne, and a senior policy advisor in the Rudd and Gillard governments.
Emma has published reports, articles and opinion pieces on a wide range of public policy issues, which have appeared in the Sydney Morning Herald, The Age, the Guardian, The Australian, and a number of online publications. She is a regular panellist on The Drum on ABC TV.
Emma holds a BA with First Class Honours from LaTrobe University and an MA with Distinction from Monash. She sits on the board of the Prader-Willi Research Foundation Australia.
Business Council of Cooperatives and Mutuals, Curtin Business School Advisory Council, and Edge Employment Solutions
Terry Agnew is an experienced director, chair and CEO with a strong track record and involvement with successful and growing organisations. The strategic differentiation and sustainable success of these organisations is built on a foundation of brand, culture, safety and innovation.
He was the Group CEO of RAC in Western Australia for 20 years until March, 2019. RAC started as a motoring club in 1905 and now also provides a range of diverse services to over 1 million Western Australians in the areas of motoring, insurance, finance, travel and tourism, retirement and home services. RAC also remains a strong advocate for its members on key issues such as road safety, mobility, accessibility, infrastructure and environmental sustainability.
Terry is the current Chair of the Business Council of Cooperatives and Mutuals, Curtin Business School Advisory Council and Edge Employment Solutions (a disability employment service). He is also a Director of RAA Insurance and MDA National Insurance (both subsidiaries of mutual organisations). He was appointed to the Curtin University Council in 2019.
Terry is a member of two global entities; Chairing the FIA University Board and is a member of the Board of the Global Mobility Alliance.
Terry’s experience includes a range of executive and board roles with mutual and member organisations, private and public companies, joint ventures, government, and educational organisations. His industry experience includes insurance and financial services, education, care and disability, tourism and sport.
Terry is a Fellow of the Australian Institute of Company Directors, Fellow of the Australian Institute of Management, Senior Fellow of the Financial Services Institute of Australia (Finsia) and Member of the Australian Institute of Engineers.
He has previously been National President of the Australian Institute of Management (AIM), State President of the Committee for Economic Development of Australia (CEDA), Director of the West Coast Eagles and Director of the Insurance Commission of Western Australia. He was a Founding Member of CEO’s for Gender Equity