Australia’s First Autism Employment Forum to Be Held in Sydney

Asia-Pacific, Events, News, September 5 2017

SYDNEY: DXC Technology announced it will host the Autism@Work Forum, which aims to highlight the benefits of workforce neurodiversity to both employers and employees. DXC is among several prominent organisations in Australia and worldwide increasingly investing in a more neurodiverse workforce.

The forum will deliver best practices for better engaging the skills and interests of those employees on the autism spectrum. Employers will find out more about the opportunities, benefits and lessons derived from autism employment programs and will share learnings with others who are running similar initiatives.

“The upcoming Autism@Work Forum will allow us to share our knowledge and experiences with other employers on the thinking around neurodiversity,” said Seelan Nayagam, managing director, DXC Technology Australia & New Zealand. “We are approaching four years since we launched our DXC Dandelion Program here in Australia, so this is a prime opportunity for us to discuss scalability and sustainability of these programs as they become increasingly integrated into leading organisations.”

Presented by DXC and Autism CRC, the forum is being sponsored by some of Australia’s biggest corporations, including ANZ Bank, SAP, Symantec, Peoplebank and Life Without Barriers. Inspired by the successful Autism at Work Summit in the USA, the event is being held in association with the Asia Pacific Autism Conference 2017.

“There is fast-growing recognition of the benefits that neurodiversity in the workplace brings by way of innovation, efficiency and improved work processes,” said Andrew Davis, CEO, Autism CRC. “Autism CRC is committed to providing practical outputs from its programs so those on the autism spectrum can employ their strengths and interests, and employers can better engage this significantly untapped talent pool within our diverse society.”

The Autism@Work Forum will include keynote presentations from Professor Susanne Bruyère, Director of the Yang-Tan Institute on Employment and Disability at Cornell University, and Ms. Jeanette Purkis, autism employment advocate, writer and speaker.

An employment fair will follow the forum, providing an opportunity for individuals and families to engage with employers, employees and service providers on employment pathways and experiences.

Tickets for the Autism@Work Forum are free. To register your interest, please email:

Event details
Autism@Work Employment Forum
Wednesday, 6 September 2017
ICC Sydney
Forum: 9 a.m. – 3:30 p.m. Employment Fair: 3:30 – 5 p.m.

“The Autism@Work Forum provides an opportunity for like-minded organisations to come together to share and collaborate on the topic of neurodiversity. It is through the sharing of our journeys such as SAP’s Autism at Work program and DXC Dandelion Program that we can help others to better understand the true value in embracing neurodiversity within an organisation.” said Colin Brookes, President and Managing Director, SAP Australia.

“Diversity is a core part of Symantec’s corporate values, and we are very pleased to be part of the neurodiversity movement through our support for the Dandelion Program. As part of the program, Symantec will be working closely with its partners in higher education to provide work experience to students on the autism spectrum and leveraging Dandelion Program material through Cornell University.” said Ian McAdam, Managing Director, Pacific region, Symantec.

“Peoplebank have always been staunch supporters of diversity in the workplace, as confirmed by our Employer of Choice for Gender Equality (EOCGE) citation. Neurodiversity is another critical area not only for Peoplebank but for our clients. We are extremely pleased to support the Dandelion Program and Autism@Work Forum and hope to gain insight from leading specialists and corporations to help us assist neurodiverse individuals [to] achieve their career goals.” said Peter Acheson, Chief Executive Officer, Peoplebank.

“ANZ has a proud history of leading and supporting diversity and inclusion initiatives in the many countries and communities we are a part of. As a large employer in Australia we’ve realised we can do more for people with autism – this community has much to offer, but its members are often marginalised by modern recruitment and business practices. Which is why we’re proud to sponsor the Autism@Work Forum, joining with like-minded organisations to explore opportunities and learn from others’ successes toward the mainstream employment of people with autism.” said Gerard Florian, Group Executive Technology, ANZ Bank.

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