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Why the national conversation needs to change

For the last thirty years, the national conversation in Australia about disability employment has focussed on what we cannot do and has treated us as a uniform population where all of its population needs welfare, and we are only employable in low-skilled jobs if employers are given incentives to hire us.

Such ways of thinking are mistaken and unhelpful.  The Australian disability community is incredibly diverse, with a wide range of skills, experience, aptitude and potential.  We could be a terrific addition to any work team with some support. Plenty of evidence shows that more diverse teams are more creative, productive and profitable.

During a time of national skill shortage, can we afford to ignore 15% of the Australian community?

Of the Australians with disability for whom ‘regular’ work may be impractical, supporting them to establish and operate there own money-generating endeavour can make them an active contributor to the Australian economy.

Over the last 30 years a succession of Australian governments have spent around $1 billion trying to lift the level of disability workforce engagement and have only achieved an 8% improvement. It is time to admit what we have been trying isn’t working.  Just time disruptive change.  Disability entrepreneurship needs to be part of the approach.

Do you know an Australian with disability who wants to explore establishing their own endeavour,  generating a bit more money or increasing their social engagement?  Please encourage them to complete the short form below.  Or they can contact us on [email protected] or 0436 480 769 if they have any questions.

Online Virtual Learning Conference Meeting On Computer

Tomorrow is our webinar about steps in setting up a business

Don’t miss this great opportunity to hear from two experienced business operators with disability and a very knowledgable NDIS expert.

Title: Establishing a business part 2, a conversation between Kayt and Gary
Friday 26 May at 11 AEST (10.30 am ACST, 9 am AWST)
Zoom – Register Here

About the webinar:
This is part two of the excellent webinar by Kayt and Gary.  The incredibly knowledgeable and personable Rollie Pontigon (Plan Partners) will be participating again to reflect upon the NDIS component.

This webinar will be conducted as a conversation between Gary and Kayt. People who register will be sent a basic one-page template and resource links to templates for more significant ones with sample text in them. 

The webinar is free for members of the platform.  Australians with disability, their carers and others with an established connection to disability in Australia can join the platform for free.  Below is a link to register to join the platform.  The last 15 minutes of the webinar will be presented by Rollie Pontigon of Plan Partners.  This last 15 minutes will be limited to paid members of the platform.  It costs $10 per month to become a paid member.  The last 15 minutes will discuss how an NDIS plan could be used to pursue the matters discussed by Kayt and Gary.

Both free and paid members can purchase a one hour one-to-one advisory session.

The platform’s fees can be charged to an NDIS plan (for individuals with a Plan Managed and Self-Managed plan).

Online Remote Video Conference Meet Call Or Webinar

One week until our webinar about the steps to set up own money–generating endeavour

It’s not too late to register (link below).

Title: Establishing a business a conversation between Kayt and Gary
Friday 28 April at 11 AEST (10.30 am ACST, 9 am AWST)
Zoom – Register Here

This very practical conversation between Kayt and Gary will look at the steps and considerations for setting up your own endeavour.

Gary and Kayt are experienced business operators, who have coached and advised people with disability who were setting up businesses.  They are Australian business people with lived experience.  This is business experience through the lens of lived experience, compassion, empathy and respect.

The webinar is free for members of the platform.  Australian’s with disability, their carers and others with an established connection to disability in Australia can join the platform for free.  Below is a link to register to join the platform.  The last 15 minutes of the webinar will be presented by Kristy McPherson of AABDS.  This last 15 minutes will be limited to paid members of the platform.  It costs $10 per month to become a paid member.  The last 15 minutes will discuss how an NDIS plan could be used to pursue the matters discussed by Kayt and Gary.

People who register will be sent a basic one-page template and resource links to templates for more significant ones with sample text in them.

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A terrific new commissioned image

We recently commissioned the talented artist Luciopart to create an image of six diverse characters with disability, with panes where we could add our own text.  We couldn’t be happier with what he produced.  This image will be used to accompany future grant and philanthropic applications, as well as in promotional material.  This is part of our work polishing out of the platform.
If you are considering a graphic, design or photo manipulation project, we highly recommend working with Luciopart.  Talented, a great communicator, prompt and reasonably priced, he’s pretty hard to beat.

A smiling woman in a wheelchair, at home, talking on her laptop with a headset.

Australia – Government Inks Deal For Disability Employment Pilot Program – SIA (January 2023)

This commitment by the Albanese ALP government is laudable, but any hope to improve the endemically poor disability employment numbers needs to include attention to disability entrepreneurship, to reach individuals not well served by a myopic and stubborn focus on ‘regular’ employment. The rules around the disability pension need to change to match the recent modification to the aged pension (with regards to extra money earned).

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The types of people with disability that we will assist

The Australian reality is that there are not a handful of types that capture the range of experiences and challenges Australians with disability face.  Nevertheless, there are a few groups that we anticipate wanting to engage with our platform.  These are described below.  Importantly, we recognise this is not a complete list and we need to be flexible enough to accommodate people who fall outside of this list.  If that is you, or someone you know, please contact us at [email protected] or by phoning 0436480769.  We would be delighted to chat with you.

Individuals who have had to retire or leave the ‘regular’ workforce, but still have useful skills or experience, or networks that they wish to continue to use as a freelancer, consultant or contractor.
People with a hobby or craft that they wish to monetise or further develop.  
Individuals with a business idea that they wish to pursue.
People with disability, who wish to explore working on a gig basis to earn some money from home or somewhere set up to meet their needs.