Category: Employment

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 the productivity component of BSWAT.4 The precise calculation will be set out in rules determined by the minister.5 However, the committee notes that, while the statement of compatibility states that the scheme provides an ‘effective remedy’ for eligible workers,6 it does not provide any substantive analysis of how the scheme payment rates may be regarded, for human rights purposes, as an effective remedy, understood as being fair and reasonable compensation for the breach of human rights suffered by affected individuals as a result of unlawful discrimination.”

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Make a submission to the Senate Community Affairs Committee by 23 July 2014

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 forums

Part 3. Forums on the NSW Transition to Work (TTW) program – Employment Part 3 2014 NSW TTW forums

(Appendices – employment outcomes by intellectual disability, Transition to Work open employment outcomes, Disability Employment Service, star ratings)

Inclusion Australia responds to DSP Changes

The issue for Inclusion Australia is that Minister Andrews is focusing on the people with disability and not the system that is supposed to assist people with disability into work.

 Our key points are: 

Talking about people with disability ‘rorting the DSP’ or who ‘should not be on it’ raises the question, if this is the case why did Centrelink put them on the DSP? To get on the DSP a person has to have a medical certificate and also a job classification assessment. If a person ‘passes’ these they get the DSP. The agency that undertakes the assessments is Centrelink so if there is something wrong with the ‘system for getting the DSP’ the fault lies with Centrelink not the person with disability.

The Commonwealth Government must set the example. It is not credible for the Commonwealth Government to say that employers need to employ people with disability when the number of people with disability employed by the Commonwealth has decreased over the last five years. In particular, the Commonwealth must employ people who have a significant disability to demonstrate to medium and large employers what the benefits are and also how to do it.

Where are the jobs? What is the Commonwealth Government doing to create the jobs for people with disability, in particular part-time jobs of between 15 – 30 hours? With a large number of unemployed young people as well as people with disability looking for work where are these jobs today and tomorrow?

The Commonwealth Government spends nearly $1 billion on specialised support for people with disability and yet for every 100 people who go to a specialist provider only about 25 get a job. Specialist providers help people find a job, provide training and keep their job – if the ‘outcome rate (getting a job) is only 25% what hope do people with disability have in getting the right support they need to get into employment?

It is the system that needs to be fixed not people with disability. The focus on people with disability will not decrease the number of people on the DSP, or whatever the benefit is changed to. The number of people unemployed will stay the same.

If the Commonwealth Government is really serious it will demand that the specialist providers it pays $1 Billion to lift their game and get jobs for at least every 50 people with disability who enter their doors!

Mark Pattison

Executive Director
Inclusion Australia (formerly National Council on Intellectual Disability)
0407 406 647

From School to Work – a proposal for students with significant disability

The NDIS emphasises (National Disability Insurance Scheme Act 2013); Economic participation, choice, and an actuarial approach to funding supports to ensure financial sustainability.

In simple terms, the NDIS is expected to help people with disability get paid work with efficient and effective support.

The implementation of the NDIS is a massive undertaking and there has been considerable emphasis on establishing operational procedures.

Insufficient emphasis, however, has been devoted to ensuring that the NDIS is structured to maximise economic participation and realise the savings that flow when employment is achieved.

Research and demonstration shows that people with moderate intellectual disability are capable of work in the open labour market when they are provided evidence based support.

Currently, however, few people with moderate intellectual disability are provided with an expectation of work, or offered the support to have the opportunity to work in the open workforce.

National disability service data indicates that just 1 in 10 adults with intellectual disability work in the open labour market. Most are reliant on the disability support pension as their main source of income.

The NDIS offers Australia a unique opportunity to provide a national pathway of skilled support to help youth with moderate intellectual disability participate in the open labour market.

Minister Fifield’s initiative to bring DES programs, ADEs and NDIS together under one minister makes it possible to realise significant savings within the social services portfolio.

Our key recommendation is that evidence based transition-to-work (TTW) support provides the the best method of

  • achieving the economic participation objective of the NDIS
  • improving future financial sustainability by reducing costs in the NDIS as more people achieve employment
  • achieving pension savings
  • reducing overall cost within the Social Services portfolio.

Read full Transition to Work proposal