Why older employees with disabilities can prove valuable assets | The Senior

Wed May 29, 2019

OLDER jobseekers face major challenges. For those with disability it's a double whammy.

However Daniel Valiente, general manager of JobAccess, the federal government's hub for workplace and employment information for people with disability, employers and service providers, says employing people with a disability brings many benefits.

"Unemployment among people with disability is twice the rate of the general population," he said. 

"Yet their retention rates are much higher, they cost less to recruit, have lower rates of absenteeism and a lower risk of OHS-related incidents. They have knowledge, and they can steady the ship when in crisis."

Not all disability is physical. For the 20 per cent of the population with mental health issues, finding employment can be a personal minefield.

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