Disability Support at BHP
BHP is proudly partnered with leading Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) organisations and institutions. We have extended our successful internship program to create ongoing roles with neurodiversity in mind. Nurturing several career pathways that acknowledge a variety of neurological conditions, including ASD. Our hiring and management practices now reflect BHP’s focus on unlocking perspectives that view work differently. In partnership with the Autism Academy of Software Quality Assurance (AASQA), BHP has welcomed interns in roles for data science, software development and testing, engineering and environmental safety.
Alexandra Flannigan, a Perth-based employee, was recruited as part of the internship program and is now a Specialist Industrial Communications Engineer. She said, ‘From day one, everyone at BHP really made me feel like I was part of the team. My opinions were listened to, my ideas were considered and everyone was just really nice to me. The symbol for autistic pride is a puzzle piece because it’s hard for us sometimes to see where we fit in the bigger picture and because we’re often so very different from the non-autistic people around us. I think that’s really funny because I feel like my puzzle piece fits at BHP.’
In support of BHP’s commitment to creating a diverse and inclusive work environment, our Accessibility & Inclusion Network, Amber, was established in 2022. Amber is an employee-led network sponsored at the executive level, designed to drive change through leadership and influence. The network was named after the amber gem, which often contains fossilised material called “inclusions.” These inclusions are one of the reasons amber is so coveted.
Our Amber Accessibility & Inclusion Network provides a platform for employees to share their perspective, connect with others who have similar experiences, and provide peer support. Amber is focused on those who identify as having any kind of disability, as well as carers and allies. The network also encompasses our already established Neurodiversity@BHP group, which supports all neurodivergent people at BHP, as well as our commitment to mental health and wellbeing.
BHP is acting across all our regions to ensure an accessible and inclusive workplace for people with disability.
Visit our website for more information about our committment to strengthing our inclusion and diversity culture - Inclusion and diversity | BHP.