The Victorian Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) in 2017 launched its inaugural RISE at DHHS Program. The RISE at DHHS Program created career opportunities for people on the autism spectrum to work for DHHS as Records Management Officers.
The pre-selection and training and assessment programs were tailored so that candidates were provided with simulated tasks aligned with what would be required in the workplace. The program was hugely successful and won a TechDiversity award in 2018.
Pilot study into the RISE at DHHS Program
Taking the time to understand individual needs, providing professional development opportunities and training managers and co-workers were all factors that contributed to the program success, according to La Trobe University’s pilot study. The award-winning program is the first example of the State Government providing leadership in its own employment practices by employing people on the autism spectrum, which was one of the recommendations from the 2017 Victorian Government Inquiry into services for people with autism spectrum disorder.
DHHS autistic employees talk about their roles
Meet Adam, Santo, Amelia, Chay and Louise.
What the hiring managers and candidates have to say:
“They have so much talent…we’re the winners here.”
“It’s been a lifechanging experience for me, being able to have a routine and more structure in my life. I feel like I’m finally contributing to society. I don’t feel like I’m a burden.”
RISE at DHHS Program wins TechDiversity Award
The RISE at DHHS program – a very deserving award winner. 30km of paper to index and archive – important records of former wards of the state, people who had been in state institutions, anytime in the last 100 years.