Information for employers

Connect50 is an exciting initiative for employers across Ballarat, Bendigo, Geelong and Latrobe Valley to engage talented university and TAFE students with disability.

This is a unique opportunity to build disability confidence and capability across your business, tap into a talented pool of candidates with disability and realise the benefits of a more diverse workforce.

It’s widely agreed that the most valuable way to improve employment outcomes for people with disability is through innovative programs that help set them up for a lifetime of work. Connect50 is based on the enormous success of our Stepping Into™ internship program, which proves the many and sustainable benefits of a demand-led approach to employment of people with disability.

Managers and supervisors who have taken part in the program were consistently impressed by the high calibre of students and surprised by how much their teams took away from the experience.

Engaging with Connect50 is simple. We’ll find talented students with disability and assess their eligibility. We’ll manage student and workplace briefings, provide ongoing support during the placement and assist with the feedback process once the internships are complete.

When you start to build relationships with talented candidates with disability, you’ll discover there’s a strong business case for workplace inclusion.

To discuss how your organisation can get involved in this exciting project, please contact us or complete the participation form below.

Employer participation form

Connect50 is funded by the Victorian Government as part of its economic participation plan for people with disability 2018-2020 and will be running until mid-2021.

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Emma Henningsen

03 9629 2871

Business benefits

  • Increase your disability confidence by working alongside people with disability.
  • Be an employer of choice for people with disability.
  • Grow a diverse and inclusive workforce to support innovation and change.
  • Gain customer loyalty.
  • Strengthen workplace morale and productivity.
  • Studies show employees with disability have fewer scheduled absences than employees without disability, as well as increased tenure.

Key dates

Summer Winter
Expressions of interest September February
Position details confirmed October March
Shortlist of candidates provided by AND November May
Internships commence Dec/Jan/Feb July/August
Please note that dates are a guide only. Timing of internships can also be based on an Employer's requirements.


Connect50 is funded by the Victorian Department of Health and Human Services until Winter 2021. There is no cost to participate, but you are responsible for paying the intern’s pro rata salary for the internship period (including superannuation).

Absolutely. The program is designed to be flexible and to run in alignment with the university holidays in winter (July) and summer (December, January, February). The winter break is typically no longer than four weeks, so we recommend that longer placements run through the summer break.

We’ll discuss workplace adjustments with the candidates before starting and support you to understand and implement them as required. We also encourage and support employers to have discussions about workplace adjustments directly with candidates and interns.

We liaise with you during the program to provide ongoing support and guidance. You will also be given a copy of our practical ‘Connect50 Supervisor’s Guide’, full of helpful information and additional resources.

We attract eligible students through the Careers and Disability units at Australian universities and local TAFEs. Candidates attend a compulsory briefing session as part of our screening process, and eligibility is confirmed in accordance with your requirements prior to shortlisting.

Download the Connect50 brochure

Find out more about the program in our employer brochure.