Working to boost employment for Australians living with disability – Ministers for the Department of Social Services (Press release: August 2022)

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The Albanese Labor Government will continue its important preparation for the September Jobs Summit with Social Services Minister Amanda Rishworth to host a Disability Employment Roundtable on Monday in Canberra.

The Albanese ALP government is to be congratulated on their work to increase disability employment and inclusion in Australia.  We know however regular employment does not suit the disabilities, needs or potential of all people with disability.  For significant proportion of Australians with disability, a strategy that includes disability entrepreneurship is a way to include more members of Australia’s disability community in the workforce.  We have reached out to the Federal government to offer them a briefing on this point.

The Roundtable will bring together disability employment specialists, industry, business and importantly people with lived experience to discuss how to better support people with disability to find and maintain employment.

“The purpose of this Roundtable is to engage directly with professionals who engage with the disability employment sector to talk about how best we can overcome the barriers to employment people with disabilities face,” Minister Rishworth said.

Attendees at the Roundtable include the Tech Council of Australia, Australia Post and the Council of Small Business Organisations Australia.

The Government is seeking ideas and solutions that will feed into the Jobs and Skills Summit on 1-2 September at Parliament House.

The Disability Employment Roundtable will focus on three topics:

  • Discrimination and attitudinal barriers to employment
  • The roles of Government, employers, businesses and the community in programs that prepare and support people with disability into employment and employers to hire and support them, and
  • Building employment skills, experience and confidence of young people with disability.
The Albanese ALP government is to be congratulated on their work to increase disability employment and inclusion in Australia.  We know however regular employment does not suit the disabilities, needs or potential of all people with disability.  For significant proportion of Australians with disability, a strategy that includes disability entrepreneurship is a way to include more members of Australia's disability community in the workforce.  We have reached out to the Federal government to offer them a briefing on this point.  

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