Brotherhood of St Laurence

Environmental Scan part 1 and Environment Scan Part 2 are linked to the Economic Participation and Employment for People with Disability project. To learn more about the project click the website link.

This report details findings from Part 2 of an Environmental Scan of current practice of employment interventions and research for people with autism, intellectual disability and/or psychosocial disability. The Environmental Scan includes: 1. A desktop scan of current and recent Australian research; and current models, practices, and innovations within Australia and internationally (2015-2021 inclusive) (Environmental Scan Part 1: desktop review of current research and interventions to promote economic participation of people with a disability). 2. Interviews and focus groups with experts in the disability employment policy and program field (presented in this report). This Environmental Scan is one component of a broader project commissioned by the National Disability Insurance Agency (NDIA) designed to examine the scope and evidence for different interventions that improve the economic participation and employment of people with autism, intellectual disability and/or psychosocial disabilities. The project will help provide the NDIA with the best available evidence regarding the effectiveness of different employment interventions. Alongside the Environmental Scan, the full project also includes a Systematic Review, including a review of the theoretical evidence (see Systematic Review Technical Report and Summary Report). Scope of the Environmental Scan Part 2: This report addresses the third question proposed by the NDIA for the Environmental Scan: what are the views of experts in the field on effective employment interventions for people with a disability (with a focus on people with autism, intellectual disability and/or psychosocial disability)? The report details findings from a series of focus groups and interviews with academics and senior government and non-government executives who hold deep expertise in disability employment policy and programs. Interviews and focus groups were conducted over a one-month period at the end of 2020. Participating experts were invited to provide insight into the critical aspects of effective employment programs and practices based on their knowledge and experience. Focus group and interview discussions centred around three key sub-questions in relation to the disability employment intervention field: What is working? ; What is not working? ; What is missing?

The Economic Participation and Employment project is funded by the National Disability Insurance Agency. The program aims to better understand the best available evidence regarding the effectiveness of different disability employment interventions and also provide insight into the best current evidence and practice relating to these programs. The research is a collaborative project between researchers at the Disability and Health Unit within the Melbourne School of Population and Global Health at the University of Melbourne, the Brotherhood of St Laurence and the University of New South Wales Public Service Research Group.

CONTENTS -- EXECUTIVE SUMMARY 1 -- Scope of the Environmental Scan Part 2 1 -- Key findings 1 -- Structure of this report 4 -- SECTION 1: METHODOLOGY 5 --1.1. Sample 5 --1.2. Recruitment 5 --1.3. Focus Groups and Interviews 5 -- 1.4. Research limitations 6 -- 1.5. Ethics 6 -- SECTION 2: FINDINGS 7 -- 2.1. Effective program and practice interventions for building individual jobseekers’ capabilities to get and keep employment 7 -- 2.2. Building the capability of employers to create mutually beneficial employment outcomes 11 -- 2.3. Effective system level changes to enable providers to deliver effective employment interventions 15 -- SECTION 3: DISCUSSION AND CONCLUSIONS -- 24 -- 3.1. Key principles to guide the design of disability employment interventions across the supply- bridging- demand continuum 24 --3.2. Cohort-specific approaches 25 -- 3.3. System level factors that impede good employment outcomes 25 -- 3.4. Conclusions and key actions – 25 FURTHER INFORMATION 27

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