Susan Scott Parker and the NDRC host an employer Partner lunch to mark

International Day of People with Disability on December 3rd

International Day of People with Disability (IDPwD) aims to promote an understanding of people with disability and encourage support for their dignity, rights and well-being.
Whilst this important day is celebrated once a year, work to increase awareness of the benefits of the integration of people with disability in every aspect of political, social, economic and cultural life is ongoing and is undertaken by many individuals and organisations on a daily basis right around the country.
This year, the National Disability Recruitment Coordinator service has sought to make its contribution by seeking higher levels of commitment to the recruitment of people with disability across some of Australia’s largest employers.

In September, the NDRC hosted a roundtable of Australian industry leaders which explored this country’s track record in the recruitment of people with disability. Minister Kate Ellis was in attendance, with facilitation generously provided by Australian of the Year, Simon McKeon. He encouraged those in attendance to ‘think big’ when it comes to the recruitment of people with disability, as the business case for their inclusion is irrefutable. Key themes emerging from the roundtable will inform WorkFocus Australia’s submission to the review of the NDRC program which is currently underway.

More recently Lucy Macali, NDRC Manager, hosted an intimate lunch in Sydney for several NDRC Partners. Special guest at the lunch was UK expert on disability, Susan Scott Parker, OBE. Susan is the founder and Chief Executive of Employers’ Forum on Disability, the world’s leading employers’ organisation focused on disability as it affects business. Susan invited disability champions attending the lunch to consider;

  • How they might work towards quadrupling present employment rates of people with disability in their organisations
  • Ways to further engage their Chief Executives and Boards to meet the leadership challenge such a goal presents

Calls to action are an essential part of the momentum International Day of People with Disability brings and this could not be any more critical than in the area of employment. Employment creates independence and real empowerment, thereby alleviating the high levels of poverty experienced by many people with disability in this country.

This week’s release by PWC of ‘Disability Expectations’ confirms that Australia clearly lags behind and is actually slipping in its ranking amongst OECD countries regarding meaningful participation in employment for people with disability, so it is clear more work must be done.

IDPwD brings together individuals, businesses, community organisations, and governments from every corner of the world to celebrate and acknowledge the contributions, skills and achievements of people with disability. WorkFocus Australia, administrators of the NDRC and JobAccess, would like to acknowledge this important day and thank each of our 27 Partners for their ongoing commitment to make Australia a more inclusive nation.

List of current NDRC Employer Partners:
1. ANZ
2. Australia Post
3. Brisbane City Council
4. Burswood Casino
5. Charles Darwin University
6. Chevron
7. Commonwealth Bank of Australia
8. Curtin University
9. Darwin City Council
10. Department of Education, Employment and Workplace Relations
11. Fair Work Ombudsman
12. IBM
13. Life Without Barriers
14. Luxottica
15. Manpower
16. McDonalds
17. Railcorp
18. Salmat
19. SkyCity Casino Darwin
20. Sunshine Coast Council
21. Telstra
22. TNT Express
23. University of Newcastle
24. University of Sunshine Coast
25. Western Power
26. Westpac Banking Corporation
27. Woolworths Limited


Susan Scott Parker
Susan Scott Parker (standing third from left) with some of the attendees of the recent lunch