Brotherhood of St Laurence

National Disability Employment Strategy : submission to the Department of Social Services / BSL

By: Brotherhood of St Laurence
Publisher: Fitzroy, Vic. : Brotherhood of St Laurence, 2021Description: 17 p. PDFOther title: BSL submission to the Department of Social Services re National Disability Employment StrategySubject(s): Disabled | Disabled Employment | Disability | Labour Market | Workforce Barriers | National Disability Employment Strategy (NDES) | Employment/unemployment | Disadvantaged Groups | SubmissionsOnline Resources: DOWNLOAD PDF
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The Brotherhood of St. Laurence (BSL) is pleased to contribute to the consultation into the development of the National Disability Employment Strategy (NDES). The BSL has outlined key recommendations in this submission for the development of the NDES that promote best practice disability employment policy. These practices are informed by: • academic literature • BSL’s expertise in employment-related research conducted with jobseekers, employers, and services providers • BSL’s experience as a service provider for people with disability with expertise in the development, delivery, and evaluation of active labour market programs. We would be delighted to work closely with the Department of Social Services (DSS) to further inform the development of the NDES. Principles for NDES success 1. Adopt ‘decent work’ as the NDES vision. 2. Integrate the NDES with broader government economic development initiatives. 3. Adopt a mainstream approach to disability employment. 4. Set ambitious employment goals and robust evaluation mechanisms. 5. Address overlapping priority areas. 6. Address ownership of actions. Lifting employer engagement, capability and demand 7. Promote employer-focused policy that creates an enabling environment. 8. Use social procurement policies and position government as champions of disability employers. 9. Adopt further ‘demand-side’ and ‘bridging’ labour market interventions. Building employment skills, experience, and confidence of young people with disability 10. Ensure alignment of education services with the NDES. 11. Improve access to VET for people with disability. 12. Link transition planning with future skills. 13. Align the Transition to Work model with the Ticket to Work model of disability employment. Improving systems and services for jobseekers and employers 14. Address the disconnect between the NDIS and DES systems. 15. Improve collaboration and knowledge-sharing across government agencies as well as the disability employment sector. 16. Foster networks and collaboration in the disability employment ecosystem. Changing community attitudes 17. Mandate disability awareness training in government and tertiary qualifications for relevant sectors. 18. Adopt awareness-raising policy measures in Article 8 of the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (CRPD). 19. Mobilise community resources and networks. Towards a place-based approach 20. Leverage ‘local to national’ approaches to disability unemployment. [Summary] May 2021 Bibliography: p. 16-17

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