The employment of Australians with a disability

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People aged between 15 and 64 years with disability have both lower labour force participation (53.4%) and higher unemployment rates (10.3%) than people without disabilities (84.1% and 4.6% respectively).

There are 2.1 million Australians of working age with a disability. Of these, just under half are employed (47.8%), compared with 80.3% of people without disability.

Australia’s employment rate for people with disability (46.6% in 2015) is on par with developed countries. In developing countries, 80% to 90% of people with disability of working age are unemployed, whereas in industrialised countries the figure is between 50% and 70% (United Nations Department of Information 2007).

34% of people with disability are managers and professionals (Australian Bureau of Statistics 2016).

Graduates with disability take 61.5% longer to gain full-time employment than other graduates (Graduate Careers Australia 2017).

Almost one in five (18.9%) people with disability aged 15-24 years has experienced discrimination. In almost half of those instances, the source of discrimination is an employer.

As we have shared recently, the Royal Commission has heard the disgusting rate of pay some disabled Australians are currently receiving.

People aged between 15 and 64 years with disability have both lower labour force participation (53.4%) and higher unemployment rates (10.3%) than people without disabilities (84.1% and 4.6% respectively). There are 2.1 million Australians of working age with a disability. Of these, just under half are employed (47.8%), compared with 80.3% of people without disability. Australia’s employment rate for people with disability (46.6% in 2015) is on par with developed countries. In developing countries, 80% to 90% of people with disability of working age are unemployed, whereas in industrialised countries the figure is between 50% and 70% (United Nations Department of Information 2007). 34% of people with disability are managers and professionals (Australian Bureau of Statistics 2016).

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