Brotherhood of St Laurence

10 strategies for improving employment outcomes for people with disability / Andrew Thies, Deborah Warr, Shelley Mallett and Diane Brown (RPC)

By: Thies, Andrew | Brotherhood of St Laurence. Research and Policy Centre
Contributor(s): Warr, Deborah | Mallett, Shelley | Brown, Diane
Publisher: Fitzroy, Vic. : Brotherhood of St Laurence, 2021Description: 30 p. : ill. PDFSubject(s): Disabled -- Employment | Disabled -- Economic Aspects | Employment Programs | Labour Market | Employment/unemployment | JobSeeker | Systemic Change | Disadvantaged GroupsDDC classification: 331.59 THI Online Resources: DOWNLOAD PDF
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At a glance: We identify 10 intersecting strategies that will drive systemic change to improve employment outcomes for people with disability in employment. Dive deeper: The next two years are critical for improving employment outcomes for people with disability, as government is overhauling multi-billion dollar employment systems. In addition, the economic aftermath of the COVID-19 pandemic and structural changes to Australia’s labour market will put extra pressure on jobseekers facing disadvantage, including people with disability. In this report we build on evidence examined by the Brotherhood St. Laurence (BSL) in collaboration with the Disability and Health Unit at the University of Melbourne and BSL’s long experience in developing, delivering and evaluating labour market programs for people vulnerable to economic and social exclusion. The report offers a blueprint to guide government reforms to multiple systems that shape the employment opportunities of people with disability. The 10 strategies are: 1. Shift community attitudes towards people with disability 2. Develop national goals and evaluation mechanisms to track progress 3. Create agile funding structures and mechanisms that support person-centred employment policy 4. Implement an expansive stewardship role for government 5. Adopt a place-centred approach to employment while enabling wider opportunities 6. Design policies that promote mainstream employment 7. Integrate complementary social supports into employment programs for young people with disability 8. Use customised approaches to employment placement and support for both employers and employees 9. Support interagency collaboration 10. Promote the sustainability of the disability support workforce through ongoing training and enhancing job security These are not exhaustive of strategies that could support people with disability to thrive in employment. They should be understood as a web of interacting initiatives. December 2021

CONTENTS: Summary 4 -- Why improve participation in employment for people with disability? 5 -- Economic and policy contexts 7 -- Australian labour markets are undergoing significant change 7 --What works for other disadvantaged jobseekers? 9 -- Policy context 11 -- Distilling evidence of what works 12 -- 10 strategies for improving employment outcomes for people with disability 13 -- Concluding remarks 26 -- References 27

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