Retail Ready and Able


Employing a person living with a disability can be a real advantage to your business. Increased loyalty, boosting your bottom line while increasing employee morale are some of the benefits experienced by businesses. 

Retail Ready and Able is an exciting project aimed at empowering and upskilling Queenslanders who face employment barriers because of a physical, mental, or emotional challenge. 

This project aims to address stigmas, and shift mindsets when it comes to employing those with varying disabilities.  

The ARA has partnered with Employment Services Providers, National and State based advocacy and support organisations, and directly with jobseekers, to provide pre-employment support and training to those with a disability. 

Post-placement support is available for both employers and employees.

Register your business and we will be in touch on how this program can work for you. 


Register your business here and we will contact you with more information on how you can participate. .

Explore our resources or register your interest below

Information Session

The Australian Retailers Association’s Retail Ready and Able (QLD) program is designed to provide information, training and new employment opportunities to connect job seekers with retailers located across Queensland.

With the ARA’s connection to over 8,000 retail businesses around Australia, we are using this training program to reach out through our network to open doors to opportunities available for neurodiverse and disability employment. Our mission is to support you on the journey to secure meaningful employment in the retail sector.

Join us in our below upcoming 30-minute webinar to learn more about the potential of a fulfilling retail career and discover the benefits of Retail Ready and Able for individuals with disabilities.


Find the right fit for your hiring needs

Available now OnDemand 

This session covered
• How your business can benefit from choosing an employee with a disability
• Breaking barriers and busting the myths and preconceived misconceptions around what is really required from the employer to employ a jobseeker with a disability
• Available funding and and wage subsidies

Connecting Job seekers with Retailers

Jarryd's journey with APM

Facing the world of work is daunting for anyone when they finish school and look for their first job.

For Jarryd, and thousands of other young Australians every year, this next step in his life was made even more challenging due to his autism.

Find out about more about APM’s services, including hiring people with a disability, workplace modifications, wage subsidies and post placement support.

Disability Employment Services and Resources

Employing people with a disability 

There is no real difference in employing a person with a disability to anyone else. People with a disability should be considered in the same way as anyone else applying for a position.

Partner with Employable Me 

Employable Me is powered by APM – a global human-services provider.   

Employable Me can help you find the right people for your team with tailor-made support from their dedicated team. 


Multicap is a one-stop-shop for business, disability and employment services. Find out more about partnering with Multicap to find the best solutions for your business. 

APM Disability Inclusion Guide 

This guide will help you understand the benefits of disability inclusion and also provide a useful toolkit for your workplace. 

 Employers Guide to employing someone with disability 

This guide brings together information on the wide range of Australian Government resources, which are free of charge and available to help you successfully employ people with disability, injury or health condition.

10 Social Benefits of Employing someone with a disability 

 Not only do employers receive financial benefits and assistance for hiring people with a disability, but they also enjoy harder-to-quantify perks. In this article, Asuria outlines ten such benefits. Could any of them improve your business?


Government Agencies and Services

This project is proudly funded by the Queensland Government through its Workforce Connect Fund.