The High Growth Jobs, Talented Candidates (HGJTC) project links people with disability with employers seeking candidates to fill roles in high growth industries in NSW. The project is delivered by the Australian Network on Disability (AND) in partnership with Social Ventures Australia (SVA) and is funded by the NSW Department of Family and Community Services. SVA undertook the research into industry growth sectors and will undertake the evaluation. The project commenced in July 2015 and is due to finish on 30 June 2017. HGJTC starts with the employers: building their disability confidence through expert training provided by AND. Workplace adjustment and recruitment processes are also reviewed to ensure they are accessible and inclusive and if not, AND works with relevant parts of the business to develop and implement revised practices. AND also works with the employer to identify specific roles and sites where the demand-led brokerage can operate. Participating employers are Australian Unity, Life Without Barriers, Uniting (Health and Social Assistance), IAG, Fujitsu, Infosys (Knowledge) and Accor Hotels and Compass Group (Food and Accommodation Services). The demand-led brokerage starts with the employer and works backwards to prepare and match job seekers to the job. A Disability Employment Service (DES) provider or disability specialist organisation is engaged which include MAX Employment and ORS Group. AND and the employment service provider invest time to understand the job requirements and organisation’s culture. A short pre-employment training program (co-designed with the employer, employment service provider and AND) provides candidates with knowledge of the employer and role prior to the interview and selection process, helping to ensure the right person is found for each position. A key focus is sustainable employment for the jobseeker and to date retention is 90%. Key outcomes are to build accessible and inclusive employers that can welcome people with disability as employees through their regular processes as well as to use the DES provider as an ongoing source of recruitment and support. The presentation will focus on outcomes and learnings current to September 2017.


Toni Wren

Project Manager
Australian Network on Disability

Toni Wren has more than 25 years’ experience in employment and social policy research, policy development, advocacy and non-profit management. She has worked as an independent consultant advising government, employers and leading non-profit organisations across a range of issues, including employment for people with disabilities, Indigenous Australians, and young people. She is recognised as a leading expert in demand-led approaches to employment. Toni worked overseas for more than a decade from 1995 and prior to that advised Australian Ministers and Shadow Ministers and worked at ACOSS and the NSW Welfare Rights Centre. Toni joined the Australian Network on Disability in July 2015 to lead their High Growth Jobs Talented Candidates project. Toni has a Masters in Non-profit Management from New York and undergraduate degrees in economics and business communication from Australian universities. She has been a member of the National Facilitating Group for Anti-Poverty Week since 2009.

Rod Dever

National Employer Account Manager
The ORS Group

With more than 16 years’ operating in the employment services field Rod Dever is an experienced industry professional with an all-round folio of experience. Focusing on employer engagement, candidate and service marketing and business development Rod has a demonstrated track record in being able to work with industry professionals to identify their needs and work in partnership with them to attract, train and recruit and support candidate in employment both direct and with third party employment options in place. Prior to the employment services industry, Rod worked in the NSW government in a variety of departments working in service, events and logistics and was also a member of the Australian Defence Force (Navy) for over 10 years where he specialised in hospital and support functions. Rod holds qualifications in Human Resources, Marketing, Employment Services, Training and Mental Health fields and is currently employed in the role of National Employer Account Manager with The ORS Group, a provider of Disability Employment Services, where he has been employed since 2003.

Erin Carey

National Disability Employer Engagement Manager
MAX Employment

Erin Carey has over 10 years’ experience in the Employment Services sector, specialising in roles dedicated to engaging with employers. Working with multiple providers, including, Mission Australia, Cerebral Palsy Alliance, and currently MAX Employment where she has been employed for 6 years. Erin’s current role as National Disability Employer Engagement Manager has involved overseeing a number of key projects. One major project included being project lead on the collaborative partnership with Australian Network on Disability for High Growth Jobs Talented Candidates in NSW. Erin is passionate about the employment and inclusion of people with disability, and building a network of disability confident employers for MAX Employment’s participants to gain meaningful and sustainable employment across Australia.


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