05 Aug
Issue Paper summary: Employment pt 1

Issue Paper summary: Employment pt 1

The Royal Commission would like to hear submissions on their employment issue paper by the 14th August. These submissions will help them make recommendations to improve the employment of people with disability, which is at the core of our work as an organisation. 

We cover some background research on employment and what the Royal Commission will be focusing on in the investigation. 

The right to employment 

Under the United Nations Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (CRPD), everyone has the right to: 

  • Have a job 
  • Earn money for themselves 
  • Work in an open, accessible, and inclusive environment 

It is against the law to discriminate against someone because of their disability. However, it’s shown that people with disability: 

  • Are less likely to work 
  • Get paid less 
  • Are more likely to not work full-time 

First Nations people with disability and those with different cultures and languages are more likely to face problems when it comes to employment. This might be caused by language barriers, different ideas about work, and racial discrimination.  

Having a meaningful job and being financially independent helps us feel included in the community. This then reduces the risk of experiencing violence, abuse, neglect, and exploitation. 

Support options 

There are a number of programs and services available for people with disability looking for work. The employment issue paper looks at supports provided by: 

  • National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS
  • Australian Disability Enterprises (ADEs)
  • Department of Social Services (DSS

The Royal Commission will looki into these services to see how successful they are in helping people with disability find work. 

Here’s a summary of the key areas they will explore:

Focus areas 

  • How transitions between major life stages like leaving school affect people with disability in their employment journey 
  • The success of support services like ADEs in what they can provide for people with disability
  • The laws, policies, and procedures available to people with disability to get help, make a complaint, or be protected from workplace discrimination, violence, neglect, or abuse 

In the next article we take a closer look at the questions provided to help you share your experience. For any questions about the Commission you can contact them at 1800 517 199 or email here. 

Find more updates and details about Issue papers on our page