IncludeAbility Illawarra Employment Pilot

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IncludeAbility Illawarra Employment Pilot

The labour force participation rate for people with disability aged 15-64 years in Australia is 53% compared to 84% of people the same age without disability. The labour force participation rate has remained relatively unchanged for people with disability over the last 20 years. Improving employment opportunities for people with disability benefits individuals, businesses, society, and the Australian economy.

IncludeAbility is proudly working with The Disability Trust on an employer pilot project called IncludeAbility Illawarra. Through IncludeAbility Illawarra, The Disability Trust will put forward eligible job seekers to employers who commit to employing at least one person with disability and participating in IncludeAbility Illawarra.

Get involved

Employer participation in IncludeAbility Illawarra will involve:

  • Working with The Disability Trust to employ at least one person with disability matched to a role in the organisation.
  • Offering employment for a minimum of 13 weeks at a minimum of 15 hours per week.
  • Ongoing support from The Disability Trust to identify and employ the employee(s) and address concerns as they arise.
  • Participation in online feedback sessions facilitated by IncludeAbility in February, March, April and May 2023 to share learnings and respond to any systemic issues that have arisen.
  • Participation in a project evaluation and data collection framework.


For more information contact Rebecca McIntyre at The Disability Trust:

Launch Event

A launch event was held for IncludeAbility Illawarra on Friday 18 November 2022. Disability Discrimination Commissioner Dr Ben Gauntlett spoke at the launch about ways to successfully and sustainably employ people with disability and how to create accessible and inclusive workspaces.

WIN News Image of launch event

WIN News coverage of the launch event

Ben Gauntlett Giving Speech

Dr Ben Gauntlett’s speech at the launch of IncludeAbility Illawarra

Illawarra launch of IncludeAbility Employment Pilot




Download IncludeAbility Illawarra Flyer

IncludeAbility Illawarra (PDF)


Interested employers can learn more about how they can participate in IncludeAbility Illawarra and register interest with The Disability Trust to provide employment opportunities by contacting Rebecca McIntyre, The Disability Trust South East NSW DES Regional Manager, at

Information about IncludeAbility Illawarra can also be found on The Disability Trust’s website: