(DIS)ABILITY EMPLOYMENT

Vol. 15 No. 1: August 2015

“Access to sustainable employment remains out of reach for almost half of Australians who have a disability. This has significant flow on effects on all parts of life including lower community participation, poorer mental health and wellbeing outcomes and lower economic participation, all of which are necessary for a successful economy.”

In 2013 – 2014 the Australian Federation of Disability Organisations (AFDO) conducted a project to work collaboratively with business stakeholders to identify solutions to address the chronic under-representation of people with disability in the workforce. AFDO met with a range of stakeholders including the Chair of the Prime Minister’s Business Advisory Council and individual Council members to inform Australia’s reform agenda.

Five critical components of the AFDO submission are:
1. Set up of a market driven approach based on the NDIS, with a funding package allocated to jobseekers with disability to purchase employment related supports.
2. Direct support to businesses of all sizes to become disability confident.
3. Leadership by Federal, State and Territory Governments to increase the proportion of people with disability employed in the public sector.
4. Development of clear benchmarks, goals and accountabilities to close the employment gap experienced by people with disability.
5. Systemically addressing the concerns of business regarding Workplace Health and Safety, industrial relations and disability discrimination.
Access the AFDO submission at:
http://www.afdo.org.au/our-work/employment/
 

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