Disability and Employment


“This resource page is proudly brought to you with the assistance of YWCA”.

One out of every five people in Australia lives with a disability. However, for many individuals with disabilities, finding a job in the open employment market remains a challenging task. Unfortunately, this is due to the continued presence of stigma, unconscious bias, and a lack of understanding regarding disabilities, which significantly limits employment opportunities for people with disabilities.

Research suggests that workplaces that embrace diversity and inclusivity in their workforce enjoy many positive benefits, such as:

  • Retaining workers
  • Improving brand reputation
  • Lower incidence of workplace injury
  • Enhanced productivity
  • Lower absenteeism
  • Improved employee morale and positive organisational culture

Information for Employers on Disability and Employment

We all have a role to play to reduce the discrimination against people with disability and ensure people with disability are included and supported to participate in all aspects of society, including employment.

There are numerous resources available to support employers create meaningful employment opportunities for people with disability and create accessible and inclusive workplaces for everyone.

For more information, visit:

  • IncludeAbility (an initiative of the Australian Human Rights Commission to increase meaningful employment opportunities for people with disability, and to close the gap in workforce participation between people with disability and people without disability)
  • JobAccess (created by the Australian Government. JobAccess is the national hub for workplace and employment information for people with disability, employers, and service providers)
  • Australian Network on Disability (a national not-for-profit that helps organisations engage with people with disability and create inclusive workplaces)

Winners of the Outstanding Disability Employer of the Year – 2022
Business disABILITY Awards Australia, Toowoomba & Darling Downs Region  

“Initially when the M&H Ward Group – McDonald’s Toowoomba Region began our Disability Employment Program in late 2021, there was a significant lack of information available to assist us with building and running a successful Disability Employment Program, for local businesses, the information and resources provided here are a fantastic start.” 
Joshua Bamford
HR Director – M&H Ward Group McDonald’s Toowoomba Region