The Department of Biodiversity, Conservation and Attractions (DBCA) is leading the way as an inclusive workplace, becoming the first Western Australian Government agency to achieve Disability Confident Recruiter status.
The accreditation from the Australian Network on Disability has come as a result of DBCA removing barriers to inclusive recruitment and building on its capability to attract, support and retain skilled candidates with disability.
Achieving this status recognises DBCA's commitment to enabling skilled jobseekers with disability to compete for positions on a level playing field, adjusting the recruitment process to ensure access for candidates with disability, and providing an excellent candidate experience to all applicants.
The Department employs more than 1,800 FTE staff and comprises the Parks and Wildlife Service, Zoological Parks Authority (Perth Zoo), Rottnest Island Authority and Botanic Gardens and Parks Authority.
Comments attributed to Environment and Disability Services Minister Stephen Dawson:
"The McGowan Government is 100 per cent committed to the creation of jobs for all Western Australians and that commitment includes people with disability.
"In December 2019, the State Government announced an action plan to make the WA public sector a leader in the employment of people with disability, with a target of 5 per cent by the end of 2025.
"I commend the Department of Biodiversity, Conservation and Attractions for ensuring its recruitment practices are as inclusive as possible to remove unnecessary barriers to employment for talented and skilled candidates with disability.
"I encourage more agencies and organisations to work towards achieving this status, so Western Australians with disability can compete for positions on a level playing field."