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Did you know that people with disability make up 10 per cent of the total Australian workforce?
Employment of People with Disability showed in 2009, 54.3% of people with a disability participated in the labour force compared to 83% of people without a disability.
Australia ranks 21 out of 29 OECD (Convention on the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development) countries for labour force participation of people with disability.
People with disability have an employment rate of 39.8%, compared to 79.4% for people without a disability.
Two-thirds of people with disability earn less than $320 per week, compared with one-third of the general population.
15% of Australians of working age (15-64 years) have a disability
University graduates with disability take longer to gain full-time work than other graduates.
If you are looking for employment, there are a number of organisations available to help people specifically with disability employment.
Advance Personnel Management - www.apm.net.au
Australian Apprenticeships - www.australianapprenticeships.gov.au/program/support-australian-apprentices-disability
Australian Government CRS Australia - www.crsaustralia.gov.au
Break Thru People Solutions - breakthru.org.au/index.php
Disability Employment Australia - disabilityemployment.org.au
Disability Employment Services - www.humanservices.gov.au/customer/services/centrelink/disability-employment-services
Endeavour Foundation - www.endeavour.com.au/Disability-services/Supported-employees
Nado - www.nado.org.au
Nova Employment - www.novaemployment.com.au
Spinal Cord Injuries Australia Employment - www.scia.org.au/employment
The Personnel Group - www.personnelgroup.com.au
If you are looking for employment to work in the disability sector, these organisations can assist;
Care Careers – www.carecareers.com.au
Community Careers - www.communitycareers.com.au
Department of Human Services - www.dhs.vic.gov.au/about-the-department/our-organisation/careers/career-options/disability-services
Mature Job Search Australia: www.maturejobsearch.com.au
About wages, rights and important employment links;
Employing People with a Disability Interview Tips - www.and.org.au/pages/tapping-into-talent-employing-people-with-disability.html
Employment Australian Government – www.employment.gov.au
Fair Work Australia - www.fairwork.gov.au/awards-and-agreements/awards
Fair Work Commission - www.fwc.gov.au/awards-and-agreements/minimum-wages-conditions/national-minimum-wage-orders
Inclusion Australia – www.ncid.org.au/blog/2014/07/16/choosing-employment-key-to-economic-participation
National Disability Insurance scheme (NDIS) - www.ndis.gov.au/people-working-disability-sector-or-who-are-interested-joining-disability-sector
National Disability Service - www.nds.org.au
Australia is a party to seven core international human rights treaties. The rights of people with disability are contained in the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (CRPD)
United Nations Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities - www.un.org/disabilities/convention/conventionfull.shtml
Australian Human Rights Commission - www.humanrights.gov.au/disability-rights-homepage
Disability Discrimination Act 1992 - www.comlaw.gov.au/Series/C2004A04426
Australian Attorney Generals Department – Has a number of fact sheets relating to disability rights. www.ag.gov.au/RightsAndProtections/HumanRights/PublicSectorGuidanceSheets/Pages/Rightsofpeoplewithdisability.aspx
Also check out Oi’s section on disability rights here - www.oi.org.au/en/component/content/category/231-disability-rights
The government has established two programs to help people overcome these barriers to employment.
Employment Assistance Fund (EAF)
EAF is a great program for employers, employees and individuals seeking employment. It is a program that can provide funding to improve workplace accessibility and provide software and hardware to allow employees with spinal cord injuries to comfortably complete their daily duties.
Examples of the modifications EAF can provide include:
Computer software and upgrades
Modification to work vehicles if necessary for the job
Physical workplace adjustments to remove barriers to employment such as wheelchair accessible toilets, access ramps, work station heights and more.
EAF is not limited to workplace modifications; they also consider workplace support and Auslan assistance. For more information on EAF and to find out if you’re eligible visit www.jobaccess.gov.au/content/employment-assistancefund
Job in Jeopardy
This program is only for employers and existing employees who feel that an employee is at risk of losing their job due to injury, illness or disability.
Job in Jeopardy usually involves:
An interview to assess the person’s capacity to carry out the required tasks and their ability to sustain normal hours of employment following an injury
Organising workplace equipment and modifications
Determining suitable duties
Liaising with the person’s health professional
Follow up for 26 weeks once the person is no longer at risk of losing their job
Programs may vary as each is tailored specifically to the individual. To find out if you are eligible please visit - www.crsaustralia.gov.au/job_in_jeopardy.htm
If you require assistance and advice on employing people with disability call the national Job Access Advisor on Tel: 1800464800