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General

Who is Enabled Employment and how did it come about?

Our own lived experiences as people with disability in the workplace were the starting point for the business. Our Our CEO has had first hand experience with discrimination in the workplace, and decided that 'reasonable adjustment' should include flexible work conditions such as working from home, flexible hours and a results oriented work environment. We officially launched our disability website in September 2014.

As we progressed, it became evident that there were a number of other groups were facing similar disadvantages in gaining employment. In April 2015 we expanded our services to include service personnel and their direct families.

We have also recently expanded our service to include carers (as their career is often disrupted by their caring responsibilities) and Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders, as a large proportion of candidates indicated they would like this option available.

Why are we a Start Up?

Since our launch on 11 September 2015, Enabled Employment has been winning awards for being a ‘start-up’ company. Start-up is a term used in the entrepreneur and tech world for a new company which is primarily internet based, that has a business model which involves seeking private venture capital investment after proving their market worth. The term ‘start-up’ can be used while a company is being established, up to three years of age.

Enabled Employment’s CEO, Jessica May chose to follow the entrepreneurial path when she formed the business model for the company, rather than choosing a not-for-profit business model. When seeking feedback and researching her options, many people advised they would prefer not to be associated with charity organisations for a variety of reasons, the most popular being that they simply did not feel they required that type of assistance. Due to this feedback, Jess formed her business model to try and instigate social change and give people facing disadvantages more options about the type of services they want to use.

Why is Enabled Employment a for profit company?

Enabled Employment chose to be a for profit company because we wanted to give our candidates another choice.  We also wanted to instigate social change, if Enabled Employment can prove we can make a profit in this area, other companies will start to enter the market place, giving our candidates more choice and control and also better services.

As people with skills, work experience, abilities and qualifications, we believe employers should pay for the candidates we are putting forward with rates commensurate to their experience. We believe our candidates are the best people for the job, they are not a charitable case and paying for the quality that we provide means our people start in the best possible way they can - as a valued and skilled employee!

Why is Enabled Employment not a Disability Employment Service Provider?

Enabled Employment does not receive any government funding under the current disability employment framework. We considered the practice of government payments to employers for providing ‘placements’ to people with disability, and decided that another option was not only requested, it was needed, and possible.

As people with skills, work experience, abilities and qualifications, we do not believe employers should be additionally subsidised to employ people with a disability, as there are already many additional funding programs running to assist employers accomodate their staff with any special or specific requirements. The company we run believes wholeheartedly that paying an employer to provide a job to a person with a disability encourages a misplaced belief that it is a ‘charitable favour’ to give work to a person with a disability – rather than an opportunity to diversify the workforce, and gain the demonstrable skills and capabilities of a qualified and skilled employee.

Do we keep statistics in our database on the severities and types of disabilities our candidates have?

We don’t care what a person’s disability is, we care about who is the best candidate for the job. We keep statistics on the skills people have, because when we fill a role we need this information, and we also need to understand our skills base, this enables us to advise employers what we can offer them as a recruitment agency. Does it matter what the person’s disability is?

Yes, should the candidate get the role or have special requirements for the interview, this might be relevant information, however, we don’t need to know what someone’s disability is, we just need to know what flexibility or reasonable adjustments they may need to perform the best they possibly can in any role.

What is accessibility brokering?

One thing we do for businesses and candidates before anyone starts in a role (or attends an interview), is broker accessibility requirements. We include information and an open platform to discuss what is needed for the candidate to perform at their best. This can include written information, separate conversations between a candidate and a business, right down to an open conversation if this is what the candidate wants. Ninety-five per cent of these requests are for flexibility: for example, I need to start and finish earlier as twilight can affect my vision or, I need to start late because I have anxiety in the morning or even, I can work four days in the office but need to work one day from home as I am too exhausted from travel each day.

Yes, occasionally we do have physical access requirements that need attention, but these are the minority. This is also what seems to be the thing that businesses worry about the most.  If this is the case, there are government grants available and we are available to help you navigate this process, ensuring any physical access requirements are established with minimal disruptions to your business.

Candidates

I am not located in Australia can I apply for jobs?

Enabled Employment operates within Australia at the moment, so we can only offer assistance to our national candidates. However, we are always looking for new businesses and they can be from anywhere in the world, as we are hoping to branch out to other countries in the near future.  Watch this space - we would love to have you on board.

Am I eligible to sign up and apply for jobs?

Enabled Employment works with five candidate groups. As long as you meet the eligibility of any group below, you are eligible to sign up and apply for jobs.  You can identify as one or multiple categories. We only use this information to assist with our accessibility brokering and of course, to match you up with the most appropriate roles.

People with a Disability - We use the Australian definition of disability as having limitations, restrictions or impairments which have lasted, or are likely to last, for six months or more, and which restrict your everyday activities.

Carers - Our services are open to carers of people with a disability as we know flexible work arrangements mean you can fit caring for your loved one in and around your work.

Service Personnel - Are you a serving or former member of the Australian Defence Force, DFAT, Customs, AFP or the Emergency Services.

Service Personnel Families - Our services are open to direct family members of service personnel as we know transferable and flexible work arrangements means you can have a career and accommodate the numerous disruptions the service requirements place on your life.

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander - You are of Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander descent.

Senior Australians - You are 55 years of age or older.

What do the Job LEVELS mean?

Job LEVELS reflect the responsibilities and accountabilities required by the role, and the skill and knowledge required to meet role requirements.  Our contract roles are often allocated a pay scale within one of the following three pay scale levels:

  • Entry level,
  • Mid level or
  • Senior/management level

Entry level positions: These positions tend to be routine administrative, operational &/or technical roles with job specific knowledge, responsibility and accountability limited to allocated tasks.  They are either independent &/or as part of a team, and are supervised.  Entry-level reflects the pay scale within the company. 

Mid level positions: These positions are paid more than entry-level employees. They tend to be roles requiring expertise in a specific area, with a broader responsibility and accountability for tasks, and involve some autonomy and some supervision.  Mid-level positions may oversee small teams and actively assist and contribute ideas/reports to higher-level employees or managers.

Senior/management level positions: These positions are high-level or managerial positions.  They require more in-depth knowledge and skills with an ability to apply the knowledge and skills, such as independent thought and process, supervision/management of personnel &/or policy determination.  Specific experience in similar roles or the appropriate qualification is usually required.

Will signing up affect my agreement with my Disability Employment Service provider?

No, we are a business so signing up with us won't affect any agreements you have with an employment service provider.

How do I apply for jobs?

It’s really easy. Once you’ve signed up and completed your resume, all you have to do is hit apply on the jobs page, explain why you would be suitable for the role and then hit send.  That’s it.

How do you fill jobs?

There are three ways we can fill jobs.  Firstly, you can apply for any of the advertised roles. Otherwise, if you match upcoming job requirements, Enabled Employment or a business will directly approach you for a role.  We use your profile in all of these ways, so please make sure it is up to date for a better chance of winning that job.

I want to apply for a job how much will I earn?

You will earn 75 per cent of the amount we charge the business for your job, inclusive of your superannuation contributions.  Our fees cover insurances, payroll administration and payroll tax. It is set at a flat rate of 25 per cent of the hourly or daily rate charge out rate to the business.  For permanent or ongoing roles where you are hired by the business, you will receive the advertised annual salary - we will charge the business a finder’s fee of 10% of the annual salary to cover our costs of running the website.

Why do you need to collect my tax file number, bank and superannuation details?

If you successfully gain a labour hire role, you will be a contracted candidate of Enabled Employment.  We need these details to pay your wages, withhold taxes and pay your superannuation.

Is my profile publicly available?

No, only businesses who are registered and signed in can view the profiles and forums.

Businesses

I am not located in Australia can I still advertise jobs?

Enabled Employment operates within Australia, so we can only offer our national candidates. However, we are always looking for new businesses and they can be from anywhere in the world.  We are hoping to branch out to other countries in the near future.  Watch this space, as we would love to have you on board.

Do I have to be a registered disability organisation to post jobs?

No any business can post a job with us.

What do the hourly and daily rates include?

Our hourly rates include the candidate's salary, transaction fees, insurance, payroll administration, superannuation contributions and payroll tax.  It is completely free for candidates to use our site and our charges only every apply to businesses.

What is the difference between hourly and daily rates?

Hourly rates are generally used for short term projects, or when client’s are unsure of the amount of time it would take to complete a task.  Daily rates are used when the role is longer term or more permanent with set hours worked per week.

What does the full employment service include?

If you choose our full service option, we will save you time and increase your ability to source skilled candidates.  We will take care of the advertising, sourcing, screening, shortlisting and present qualified candidates. Subsequently performing any referee checks prior to your acceptance and placement.  You are able to fill your roles from our best candidates and we do all this for only 10% of the total annual salary for the role you are filling.

What do the Job LEVELS mean?

Job LEVELS reflect the responsibilities and accountabilities required by the role, and the skill and knowledge required to meet role requirements.  Our contract roles are often allocated a pay scale within one of the following three pay scale levels:

  • Entry level,
  • Mid level or
  • Senior/management level

Entry level positions: These positions tend to be routine administrative, operational &/or technical roles with job specific knowledge, responsibility and accountability limited to allocated tasks.  They are either independent &/or as part of a team, and are supervised.  Entry-level reflects the pay scale within the company. 

Mid level positions: These positions are paid more than entry-level employees. They tend to be roles requiring expertise in a specific area, with a broader responsibility and accountability for tasks, and involve some autonomy and some supervision.  Mid-level positions may oversee small teams and actively assist and contribute ideas/reports to higher-level employees or managers.

Senior/management level positions: These positions are high-level or managerial positions.  They require more in-depth knowledge and skills with an ability to apply the knowledge and skills, such as independent thought and process, supervision/management of personnel &/or policy determination.  Specific experience in similar roles or the appropriate qualification is usually required.

For your option just to advertise - can I buy bulk credits for a reduced price?

Yes, the more jobs you want to advertise the cheaper it gets. You can purchase credits in bulk by visiting your job listings in your account profile and selecting Buy Credits.

How do I advertise a job?

It’s really easy.  All you have to do is hit ‘post a job’ on the home page and follow the prompts.  Alternatively, if you would like us to do the legwork for you, get in touch and we will put forward the best candidates for your decision.

How do I limit the amount of hours my candidate can work for?

There are two ways you can limit your candidate’s hours, if you have a certain budget in mind.  You can set the total hours for the contract or, if it’s a longer term you can specify the maximum hours per week your candidate can work.  Both of these options are available on the contracts page in your account screen.

What fees do Enabled Employment charge?

Our fee covers insurance, payroll administration and payroll taxes. It is set, flat rate of 25 per cent of the hourly or daily rate charged to the business.  An advertising fee is charged to a business for placing a role on our jobs board. This fee covers the costs of running our website.  For a full service option, our recruitment services will save you time and increase your ability to source skilled candidates.  As a standard, we advertise, source, screen, shortlist, and present qualified candidates. Subsequently performing any referee checks prior to your acceptance and placement.  This enables you to fill your roles with our best candidates. We do all this for only 10% of the total annual salary of the role you are filling.

Is my profile publicly available?

No, only candidates who are registered and signed in can view the profiles and forums.