(10/3/17) Wayne’s story
We’re committed to making the City of Fremantle an inclusive workplace that provides people with a disability the same opportunities as other people to maintain employment.
One of our newest employees in the parks team (Wayne) was successfully selected through a partnership between the City and his local disability employment service, Biz Link.
Wayne finds a job he loves
“I love to work for the Council... they’re a very, very friendly team.” You might see Wayne happily working in the City's green spaces as one of two new staff with disability in our Parks team.
He secured the job through a partnership between the City and his local Disability Employment Service (DES) Biz Link. “I was unemployed for a couple months and then Biz Link got in touch with me and they said to me - we’ve got another job for you at Fremantle council.”
Wayne has tried a number of jobs since he was in an accident 20 years ago. While he hasn't enjoyed all of these roles, he was still motivated to find fullfilling work. “If you don’t work and you haven’t got many friends you can’t really communicate. But you come to work and you’re talking to people you work with and that’s really good.”
City of Fremantle workplace achievements
All initiatives are developed as part of the City of Fremantle Access and Inclusion Plan (AIP) 2016-20 which provides that people with a disability have the same opportunities as other people to obtain and maintain employment with the City of Fremantle.
This is to be achieved by:
- People with a disability will be encouraged and supported to apply for roles with the City.
- City workplaces will be accessible and safe for existing and new staff.
- The City will create, develop and customise employment opportunities and roles for people with a disability.
Achievements to date
- Successful appointment of two people with disabilities via a targeted employment approach.
- Successful grant funding application which will see the hire of a young trainee with a disability in the new financial year.
- Successful grant funding application for on-site training which provided vision awareness training and will deliver training in deafness awareness and mental health awareness training targeting customer facing staff as well as ELT and EM’s.
- Developed and implemented an online disability awareness training program available to all staff via LMS and which is mandatory for new employees as part of the induction program.
- Attainment of salary budget which will be used to create customised position opportunities for people with disabilities.
- Securing of a 12 month partnership agreement with job access which delivers specialist support and expertise to the City on disability employment including free training for recruiters of the organisation.
- Changes to internal recruitment processes such as offering access assistance when inviting for interviews and offering documents in alternative formats.
- Built relationships with the local disability employment providers and implemented a process whereby all vacancies are disseminated to the providers.
- Placed two people with disabilities into work experience opportunities.
We have more work planned over the next year which will see out recruitment processes and practices as ‘best practice’ for disability employment and achieve the City’s strategy of being an accessible and inclusive organisation.