In The Media | 4 June 2015

New Disability Employment Model Needed

The Federal Government is spending around $1 billion on disability employment services every year, but only a third of the people supported by these services will find a job.

Assistant Minister for Social Services, Senator Mitch Fifield, writes that Australia needs a system that works better for people with disability.

In Australia, a person with a disability of working age is more than twice as likely to be unemployed than a person without a disability. Wouldn’t it be great instead to have an employment rate for people with disability that reflects economic conditions; not disability?

We spend around $1 billion each year on disability employment services, but still only a third of those supported by these services will find a job. We need a new system that better works with employers and people with disability to overcome the barriers to employment.

Source: Pro Bono News