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Corporate Responsibility July 2010

Corporate Responsibility July 2010

Supporting people with disability

Supporting people with disability

A public target to employ an additional 35 people with disability this year is among the practical measures we are taking in Australia to improve inclusion and diversity at ANZ. However, just as important, is retaining, developing and supporting employees with disability, according to John Harries, General Manager of Australia Operations and Chair of our Disability Action Plan Steering Committee (pictured with Global Technology Accessibility Manager, Hamish MacKenzie).

“People with disability are under-represented in the workforce and as a major employer there is much we can do to understand and respond to issues and mindsets that create barriers to employment," said John.

“Together with our employment goals, we’re boosting information and services to encourage greater awareness and understanding of disability, mental health and wellbeing so we can better support our staff and customers.

“We’ll also update the criteria guiding our purchasing decisions, to encourage and develop more relationships with inclusive companies who employ and support people with disability.”  

The Plan, spanning 2010-2012, was launched at our Melbourne headquarters by The Hon. Bill Shorten MP, Federal Parliamentary Secretary for Disabilities and Children’s Services.

Commenting on the Plan, Mr Shorten said that the commitments and employment targets were good for society and good for business, further developing our understanding and insight into such a large section of the community.

Progress achieved under the 2007-2010 ANZ Disability Action Plan included:

  • Exceeding our 2009 public target to employ 35 additional people with disability
  • Providing flexible employment policies to support our staff with disability and those that care for family members with an impairment
  • Audio-enabling more than 2,000 ATMs and making nine of our most commonly used product brochures available to customers in Braille, large print and audio CD format.

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