A big day for the equal rights of people with intellectual disability – part 1

To Whom It Should Concern – Part 1 Monday 24th November 2014 has been a big day for standing up for the equal rights of people with intellectual disability. First, the Senate rejected the Government’s bill to introduce the BSWAT Payment Scheme Bill. This Bill was an unjust remedy by the Government to address the […]

Minister Fifield must reward genuine effort not failure

Real Businesses Pay Real Wages.  Minister Fifield must reward genuine effort not failure.  The announcement by Minister Fifield of an additional $173 million to support employees get fair wages in Australian Disability Enterprises (ADEs) is welcomed as a step forward by Inclusion Australia. The announcement, however, does not resolve serious concerns about the treatment of […]

Real Businesses Pay Real Wages

Real Businesses Pay Real Wages – Wake Up! It’s a reality! A response to Minister Mitch Fifield Minister Fifield said in his article, Idealism threatens jobs for the disabled, that “accusations that ADEs exploit people with disability is unfair”. The Federal and High Courts of Australia ruled that 10,000 employees with intellectual disability were disadvantaged […]

Response to Welfare Reform paper

Inclusion Australia agrees that the income support system should have a stronger employment focus. An income support system focused on evidence based employment support can significantly increase employment participation and reduce reliance on income support. To achieve such change requires an examination of our understanding about capacity to work and employment support needs, and how […]

Parliament Human Rights Committee considers BSWAT Bill

The Human Rights Committee of the Australian Parliament has considered the BSWAT Bill currently before the Parliament and found it wanting … “The committee notes that the scheme provides for the payment of an amount equal to 50 per cent of what a person would have been paid had their wages been assessed only on […]

Choosing Employment – key to economic participation

Inclusion Australia has today released a series of reports on consultations with people with intellectual disability and families about their positive experiences of choosing employment and the barriers that they may have faced: Part 1.  Inclusion Australia 2014 Employment Survey- Employment Part 1 2014 survey Part 2. National Forums on employment – Employment Part 2 2014 national […]