A major challenge for Australia is to ensure that the growing number of people with disabilities have the opportunity to be active and productive members of the community.
Today, almost one in five unemployed people receiving income support has a disability. The incidence of disability increases with age, and as a result of the aging of the population the proportion of unemployed people with a disability is expected to increase. Many have substantial skills, enthusiasm and dedication to offer, but without the opportunity to work, these people could become disempowered and disconnected from community life.
This review of the Employer Incentives Strategy investigates how Australian employers can provide jobs for people with disabilities today and into the future.