Editors Note: This may be an older article but its points remain just as valid today. The percentage of staff in the Australian Public Service with disabilities has been steadily decreasing for many reasons. Information technology and communication systems are major problems and the APS seems to have a culture of low expectations and belief around people with disabilities. The APS does make some hires for token reasons and to hold out the person as a media example, but then they are often given little opportunity for advancement and promotion and don’t have the most made of their abilities. Please tell us about your problems with employment and the public service.

Public servants with disabilities are more likely to be bullied, less likely to enjoy their job and feel supported by their boss or colleagues, but less likely to leave by choice. The APSC is investigating.

Something is rotten in the APS — at least for those with disabilities. The latest service-wide employee survey results from the Australian Public Service Commission show a worrying state of affairs for staff with a disability and it intends to find out what is behind the latest findings. Commonwealth ICT procurement regulations are also being challenged for failing to consider systems compatible with screen readers and other accessible technology.

Public servants with disability are twice as likely to be bullied or harassed in the last 12 months compared to the rest of the Commonwealth workforce. The warning bell of how different the public sector employment experience is for people with disabilities is found in their consistently lower satisfaction with the work they do, their immediate supervisor, remuneration, their work group, and the senior leadership in their agency. People with disabilities are also more likely to be forced out of the APS for reasons other than their choosing.

 

To read the rest of this article please visit the original post as this is only an excerpt as the original article is currently not available for full republication.

This article excerpt was sourced from the website The Mandarin and the original article can be found at Disability in APS: bullying, distrust, bad ICT spark concern.



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