Work Mate is an innovative short-film initiative, commissioned by Australia Post to be used as a Disability Awareness Training resource within Australia Post. The program was funded by The National Disability Employment Initiative (NDEI) administered by Workfocus Australia.
The film was based on a real story from the Australia Post staff members Samantha Ford (Network Performance, NSW/ACT Parcel Operations) and Sarah Vickers (HR Advisor, Retail Services) submitted stories about employee Charlie McConnell, a Customer Service Consultant with Australia Post. Charlie, described in one story as a ‘remarkable man’, is an inspiration to the people he works with and has faced more exciting challenges and adventures than most people would in a lifetime, despite being totally blind.
Taste Creative asked Bus Stop Films to come on board to provide an inclusive filmmaking element to this project that was all about celebrating workplace diversity and promoting understanding of those living with disabilities.