Inclusive SA

Learning and employment

Workforce participation is fundamental to social inclusion.

It provides economic independence and choice, social connections and friendships, value, identity and belonging. It is our aim that people living with disability have access to inclusive places of study and that education and training provides pathways to meaningful and inclusive employment and volunteering opportunities.

Priority 10: Better supports within educational and training settings

Action 32

State education and training sectors to support inclusive education culture and practices.

Status: In progress

Estimated timeframe: 2020–23

Notes: The Department for Education uses the Inclusive Education Support Program (IESP). It is a functional needs-based funding model for South Australian Government preschool and school students with disability. The model is aligned with the Nationally Consistent Collection of Data and national disability legislation and standards. IESP Resourcing is allocated to children and students based on their functional needs and the adjustments and interventions articulated in their personalised learning plan rather than their disability diagnosis or label.

A Level of Adjustment Matrix has also been released to assist educators with identifying needs, the types of adjustments and evidence-based interventions that a student or group of students require to meet their identified needs and goals.

The Department for Education continues to provide parent forums biannually for parents/carers/advocates of children and students with disability.

Action 33

State education authorities to work in partnership with children, students, parents or carers, industries and the community to provide curriculum and learning opportunities that are personalised and tailored to the individual, and prepare for life beyond school.

Status: In progress

Estimated timeframe: 2020–23

Notes: Personalised learning plans (One Plan) that contain information to support children’s inclusion and achievement in preschool and school are developed in partnership with families, the child, preschool/school staff and other relevant personnel.

Action 34

Determine data required to measure and track the percentage of people living with disability participating and achieving in education and training.

Status: In progress

Estimated timeframe: 2020–23

Notes: The Department of Human Services is leading a pilot test case in line with the rollout of the National Disability Data Asset to capture and analyse the data that relate to pathways from education to employment for people with disability.

TAFE SA will develop reporting mechanisms to monitor and improve the educational and employment outcomes of students living with disability.

The Department for Education has prepared a data profile of students with disability to better understand outcomes for these students. A project to integrate existing data sets and develop additional data sets for students with disability has been commissioned to enable better tracking of outcomes at site, regional and system level.

The Department for Innovation and Skills draws on national data to understand the profile of Vocational Education and Training (VET) students with disability. In South Australia, the department can also draw on enrolment information (where students declare their disability) to understand how many VET students with disability undertake training and in what courses. In addition, when students access Learner Support Services to help them achieve their training goals, the Department gains further insights about their needs. The Department for Innovation and Skills will build revised cohort-based needs analysis of VET students in South Australia to inform planning and decisions about publicly supported VET priorities for 2021–22.

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Priority 11: Skill development through volunteering and support in navigating the pathway between learning and earning

Action 35

Explore how pathways can be improved from education and training settings to post learning.

Status: In progress

Estimated timeframe: 2020–23

Notes: In 2019, the State Government released the VET for School Students policy, which aims to improve vocational pathways to employment and enhance career education in schools. Work has continued throughout 2020 on the implementation of the policy, which provides opportunities for young people with disability to embark on a pathway during school. It will be fully implemented in 2022 with a staged rollout during 2021 including pilots.

The Department for Innovation and Skills is a partner in the implementation of the VET for School Students policy. In addition, people with disability can be supported into VET pathways through State Government programs such as Skilling South Australia and JobTrainer, on a bespoke basis.

Action 36

State authorities to facilitate meaningful volunteering opportunities for people living with disability.

Status: In progress

Estimated timeframe: 2020–23

Notes: Relevant State authorities will address this action through implementation of their DAIP. To access the DAIPs, visit the Inclusive SA website.

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Priority 12: Improved access to employment opportunities and better support within workplaces

Action 37

Support and promote the implementation of the Office of the Commissioner for Public Sector Employment’s Public Sector Employment Strategy across the public sector.

Status: In progress

Estimated timeframe: 2020–23

Notes: The Office of the Commissioner for Public Sector Employment launched the SA Public Sector Disability Employment Strategy in June 2020. The event and information about the public sector’s disability employment initiatives and resources, including the strategy and accompanying plan and toolkit, was promoted via an SA Government Information update to all public sector employees on 30 June 2020.

The resources and information about the launch event are available on the Office of the Commissioner for Public Sector Employment website with an easy read version of the strategy and plan.

The Office of the Commissioner for Public Sector Employment will collaborate with agencies to achieve this action and identify opportunities to promote the strategy. This will include the monitoring and reporting of actions under the South Australian Public Sector Disability Employment Plan to the Diversity and Inclusion Strategic Committee and Senior Management Council to enable transparency and discussion about progress.

The Commissioner for Public Sector Employment sent a notice to all chief executives and human resources leaders on 15 June 2020 providing information on the South Australian Public Sector Disability Employment Strategy Plan, online Toolkit and the virtual launch event. Chief executives were asked to provide information to staff within their agency.

Action 38

Increase employment opportunities across all levels in the South Australian public sector through the targeting of job opportunities for people living with disability under section 65 of the Public Sector Act 2009 (SA) which provides for employment opportunity programs.

Status: Ongoing

Notes: The Office of the Commissioner for Public Sector Employment has included this action in the South Australian Public Sector Disability Employment Plan. Provisions exist under the Public Sector Act 2009 (SA) for candidates registered with a Disability Employment Service provider to apply for internal public sector vacancies.

The Office of the Commissioner for Public Sector Employment has developed information sheets for public sector agencies and Disability Employment Service providers to promote this employment opportunity program and provide advice on how to distribute information on vacancies to Disability Employment Service providers. These information sheets are available on the Office of the Commissioner for Public Sector Employment website.

Information is also included in the Public Sector Disability Employment Toolkit available on the Office of the Commissioner for Public Sector Employment website. The Office of the Commissioner for Public Sector Employment will undertake further engagement with Disability Employment Service providers to promote the SA public sector as an employer of choice.

The Office of the Commissioner for Public Sector Employment will look at opportunities to increase awareness of employment opportunity programs with human resources employees and hiring managers to increase the number of vacancies promoted via Disability Employment Service providers.

Relevant State authorities have included this action in their DAIP. To access the DAIPs, visit the Inclusive SA website.

Action 39

Develop data measures to track the percentage of people living with disability employed and retained in State authorities.

Status: In progress

Estimated timeframe: 2020–23

Notes: The Office of the Commissioner for Public Sector Employment in partnership with the Department of Human Services and the Department of the Premier and Cabinet will identify current gaps in data relating to employment and retention of people living with disability and mechanisms to address the gaps. The Office of the Commissioner for Public Sector Employment is also engaging with the Disability Employment Reference Group and people living with disability to understand and address issues that may discourage people from disclosing their disability. This Action is included in the South Australian Public Sector Disability Employment Plan.

The Department of Human Services continues its work on the National Disability Data Asset and the South Australian test case is looking specifically at education to employment pathways for people living with disability. The project will explore the barriers to employment and identify certain factors that explain variations in outcomes for people with disability.

The Department of the Premier and Cabinet provides a workforce data dashboard report to the Executive Leadership Team to monitor the percentage of employees with disability monthly. Its Diversity and Inclusion Framework 2020–2022 outlines a commitment to developing an employee disclosure guideline to promote confidence in confidential employee disclosures and aims to encourage more employees to self-identify and provide the department a better indication on the employment and retention of people with disability.

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12 Aug 2020
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