‘Every day is like a party’: the Melbourne cafe where people with a disability set the tone

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‘Every day is like a party’: the Melbourne cafe where people with a disability set the tone

Research shows 93% of unemployed people with disabilities have problems finding jobs. All Things Equal hopes to change that

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Cafe Manager Jess Rastelli (far right) with two cafe workers, Harley (L) and Paul (R), at the All Things Equal in Balaclava. Photograph: Ellen Smith/The Guardian

Cafe Manager Jess Rastelli (far right) with two cafe workers, Harley (L) and Paul (R), at the All Things Equal in Balaclava. Photograph: Ellen Smith/The Guardian

Benita Kolovos

Fri 6 Jan 2023 09.00 ESTLast modified on Fri 6 Jan 2023 20.03 EST

As the hospitality industry continues to struggle with staff shortages, a cafe in Melbourne’s south-east seems to have the opposite problem: a growing waitlist of people wanting to join its team.

All Things Equal operates like every other cafe on Carlisle Street in Balaclava, though about half of its staff – from the front-of-house to the kitchen – have a disability.

The cafe’s mission, according to general manager Bianca Stern, is to show that people living with disability are not only “ready, willing and [...]

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