Authors: Peter Farrugia and Jeanette Rodriguez, NSW
Event: 2015 TheMHS Conference
Subject: 2015 Conference Book of Proceedings, RichmondPRA
Type of resource: Conference Presentations and Papers
Abstract: In 2015, RichmondPRA initiated a democratic voting process to facilitate social inclusion and decision making opportunities for the supported employee workforce in its community businesses. In the lead-up, innovative peer-led meetings were held in each workplace, where employees heard presentations about the nomination process, electioneering, voting and appointments. Employees were encouraged to promote their nomination to fellow workers, to gain democratic support. All involvement was voluntary. The initiative resulted in overwhelming participation by individuals, with many supported employees embracing their citizenship by participating in democratic voting processes for the very first time in their lives, including state or federal elections. The local workplace elections were held in March and all supported employees were encouraged to participate. Tenures last for two years.