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.