Victorian Small Business Commissioner Judy O’Connell launched the ‘A Job for Everyone’ campaign last night, encouraging Gippsland businesses to employ people with a disability.

The ‘A Job for Everyone’ campaign seeks to raise awareness of the benefits for businesses to include a greater number of people with disability in their workforce.

Judy O’Connell was excited to support such a positive initiative for people with a disability seeking employment.

“Employing a diverse workforce is a smart idea for an employer. People with a disability demonstrate strong loyalty to their employee, are punctual, have a strong work ethic and provide a positive organisational culture,” said Ms O’Connell.

“There are over 12,000 small businesses in Gippsland. Employing someone with a disability makes sense. It demonstrates corporate social responsibility and positions the business as an employer of choice. Diverse workforces are creative, more likely to develop efficient and effective business processes and will increase customer loyalty and brand trust,” said Ms O’Connell.

The campaign aims to emphasise the benefit to businesses of employing a person living with a disability. It is being organised by South Gippsland local Ben Corcoran.

Ben Corcoran wants to make the Gippsland community more inclusive.

“People living with disability need to be evaluated by what they are capable of and not by the perceived barrier of their particular disability,” said Mr Corcoran.

“When seeking a new employee, there should be an emphasis on what the applicant can bring to the business – their strengths, communication and personal skills.”

Ms Connell says Disability Victoria data shows one in five Victorians has a disability.

A Job for Everyone, an initiative of the National Disabilities Coordination Officer (NDCO) Program, was launched at Lucinda’s Winery, Leongatha on Wednesday 24 October.

A Job for Everyone is supported by the South Gippsland Bass Coast Local Learning and Employment Network, National Disability Coordination Office Program, Yooralla, interact Australia, Maxima Joblink, Work Solutions Gippsland, Gippsland Disability Advocacy Inc and South Gippsland Shire Council.

To arrange an interview with the Victorian Small Business Commissioner, contact:
Timothy Price, Victorian Small Business Commission, or 03 9651 7619

If you would like to interview Ben Corcoran he can be contacted on 0435 920 786 or  

If you would like to contact NDCO officer Andrea Evans-McCall she can be contacted on 0418 208 039 or  


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