Working towards a more disability inclusive society

Australia Post has an important role to play in improving inclusion and access for people with disability. As an employer, a service provider and a community member, we understand how important it is for people with disability to lead the conversation and participate in building a more disability inclusive Australia.

Inclusion is a crucial part of building a strong society and in essence means that no-one is left behind. International Day of People with Disability is a chance to reflect on where we are at with disability inclusion and what to focus on next. The theme for this year is ‘Leadership and participation of persons with disabilities toward an inclusive, accessible and sustainable post-COVID-19 world’.

Australia Post has an important role to play both for our own team members with disability, and for the customers and communities we serve.

Australia Post Group CEO & Managing Director, Paul Graham

Millions of people across Australia live with disability. Almost 1 in 5 Australians identifies as having disability, and this increases to 1 in 4 for Aboriginal and Torres Strait people. Older people are also more likely to acquire disability, with the incidence increasing to 2 in 5 people. In addition, over 10% of Australians are carers for a person with disability, with 7 in 10 of these carers identifying as women1.

What is a disability?

When we talk about disability, we mean any condition that restricts a person’s mental, sensory or mobility functions whether caused by accident, trauma, genetics or disease. A disability may be temporary or permanent, total or partial, lifelong or acquired, visible or invisible.

It’s important to remember that not all disability is visible. 10% of Australians have dyslexia, which is around 2 million people. 25% of Australians - or around 4.96 million people - will experience an anxiety condition in their lifetime.2 Australia Post understands the importance of making the workplace, and their products and services accessible and recognises the importance of making workplace adjustments for our team members who require this.

There are so many different disabilities and a lot of them are hidden. Mine’s a hidden disability - people will look at me and say there’s nothing wrong with you!