The department participates in the Australian Network on Disability’s Stepping Into program, which provides paid internships designed specifically for university students with disability.
This program is a simple and effective way to demonstrate our commitment to people with disability, providing benefits for both the department and the intern. The department benefits by continuing to build a workplace culture that values diversity and promotes the employment of people with disability. The intern benefits by gaining valuable work experience and the experience of going through the job application and interview process.
Program feedback from both supervisors and interns has been positive. The supervisors involved in the program have been impressed by the high standard of interns and believe the program inspires and influences an inclusive workplace culture.
During the year, two former Stepping Into program interns secured permanent employment with the department: one as a participant in the department’s 2016 Graduate Program, and the other through a bulk recruitment round.