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Did you know that people with disability make up 10 per cent of the total Australian workforce?

Here are some more facts about disability employment in Australia;

Employment of People with Disability showed in 2009, 54.3% of people with a disability participated in the labour force compared to 83% of people without a disability.

Australia ranks 21 out of 29 OECD (Convention on the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development) countries for labour force participation of people with disability.

People with disability have an employment rate of 39.8%, compared to 79.4% for people without a disability.

Two-thirds of people with disability earn less than $320 per week, compared with one-third of the general population.

15% of Australians of working age (15-64 years) have a disability

University graduates with disability take longer to gain full-time work than other graduates.

Employment Services for people with Disability;

If you are looking for employment, there are a number of organisations available to help people specifically with disability employment.

Advance Personnel Management -

Australian Apprenticeships -

Australian Government CRS Australia -

Break Thru People Solutions -

Disability Employment Australia -

Disability Employment Services -

Endeavour Foundation -

Horizon Foundation -

Nado -

Nova Employment -

Spinal Cord Injuries Australia Employment -

The Personnel Group -

Employment in the Disability Sector;

If you are looking for employment to work in the disability sector, these organisations can assist;

Care Careers –

Community Careers -

Department of Human Services -

Ethical Jobs -

Job seeker -

Jobs NSW -

Seek -

Employment for mature people;

Mature Job Search Australia:

Information and articles

About wages, rights and important employment links;

Employing People with a Disability Interview Tips -

Employment Australian Government –

Fair Work Australia -

Fair Work Commission -

Human Rights -

Human Services -

Inclusion Australia –

Job Access -

National Disability Insurance scheme (NDIS) -

National Disability Service -

Sydney Morning Herald -


Anti-Discrimination and Rights

Australia is a party to seven core international human rights treaties. The rights of people with disability are contained in the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (CRPD)

United Nations Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities -

Australian Human Rights Commission -

Disability Discrimination Act 1992 -

Australian Attorney Generals Department – Has a number of fact sheets relating to disability rights.

Also check out Oi’s section on disability rights here -

Government Programs

The government has established two programs to help people overcome these barriers to employment.

Employment Assistance Fund (EAF)

EAF is a great program for employers, employees and individuals seeking employment. It is a program that can provide funding to improve workplace accessibility and provide software and hardware to allow employees with spinal cord injuries to comfortably complete their daily duties.

Examples of the modifications EAF can provide include:

             Computer software and upgrades

Modification to work vehicles if necessary for the job

Physical workplace adjustments to remove barriers to employment such as wheelchair    accessible toilets, access ramps, work station heights and more.

EAF is not limited to workplace modifications; they also consider workplace support and Auslan assistance. For more information on EAF and to find out if you’re eligible visit

Job in Jeopardy

This program is only for employers and existing employees who feel that an employee is at risk of losing their job due to injury, illness or disability.

Job in Jeopardy usually involves:

An interview to assess the person’s capacity to carry out the required tasks and their ability to sustain normal hours of employment following an injury

            Workplace assessment

            Organising workplace equipment and modifications

            Determining suitable duties

            Monitoring progress

            Liaising with the person’s health professional

            Follow up for 26 weeks once the person is no longer at risk of losing their job

Programs may vary as each is tailored specifically to the individual. To find out if you are eligible please visit -


If you require assistance and advice on employing people with disability call the national Job Access Advisor on Tel: 1800464800