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Disabled Employment New Zealand

Many highly capable New Zealanders could be part of the workforce if barriers to their employment were removed. 74% of disabled people want to work. This website will help remove barriers.

Information to help break down barriers to employment for employers and disabled people wanting to enter the workforce. Disabled people are less likely to be employed than the general population or other minorities. Employment for disabled people is often limited by opportunity and employers attitudes rather than disability.


Starting employment

Disabled Employment

Disabled Employment, hiring disabled people, helping people with disabilities to become self- employed, advise on hiring staff with disability in employment, Disabled home office work, all options should be open

Who is an employee

An employee is a person who has agreed to be employed to work for some form of payment under a contract of service.


Good employment relationships begin with a good hiring process (sometimes called a ‘recruitment’ process). There are a number of steps in hiring a new employee.

Sample appointment letters

Example letters for offering employment to the person selected for a job.

Employment agreements

Employment agreements have the terms and conditions of employment. Every employee must have a written employment agreement.

Trial and probationary periods

Trial periods and probationary periods can be used to make sure an employee can do the job. These must be agreed in the employment agreement.

Unions and bargaining

Unions support employees in the workplace. They bargain for collective employment agreements with employers and help employees with information and advice about work-related issues.

Rights and responsibilities

Employers and employees (including 'casuals') have important rights and responsibilities towards to each other, including young employees, and where employees work alone or work more than one job.

Right to work in New Zealand

Employers must make sure that their employees can legally work in that job in New Zealand.