Improving employment outcomes for people with disability

Today in Parliament Abigail successfully passed a call for the Government to take direct action to improve employment outcomes for people with Disability in our state. 

(1)That this House notes that according to economic modelling commissioned by the Australian Network on Disability [AND] published in July 2023 entitled BCA report on improving employment outcomes for people with disability:

(a)Australia has one of the lowest employment rates for people with disability, sitting at 21 out of 29 OECD countries;

(b)if we reduced the gap between participation and unemployment rates for people with disability by one‑third, the cumulative impact on GDP would be $43 billion;

(c)a new nationwide approach is needed to break down barriers to employment faced by people with disability;

(d)the unemployment rate for people with disability (10 per cent) is more than double what it is for people without disability (3.7 per cent);

(e)there is a wage gap of 10 per cent between people with disability in employment and people without disability;

(f)supporting people with disability in employment delivers significant benefits for companies including increased revenue, improved productivity levels, diverse innovation, access to a broader pool of talent and creating a business more reflective of the community; and

(g)companies that have improved their disability employment levels are four times more likely to have total shareholder returns that outperform their competitors, and are 10 times more likely to be highly effective, nine times more likely to innovate and 10 times more likely to have excellent customer service.

(2)That this House calls on the Government to take direct action to increase employment outcomes for people with disability across the State through strong recruitment, retention and career development strategies and by breaking existing barriers to employment.

Motion agreed to.

 

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