The plan, released on Monday by People With Disability Australia (PWDA), is calling for the federal government to develop a national jobs plan that will look at “every barrier, and every part of the employment picture”.
With just 53 per cent of working age people with disability in paid work, a peak disability body is launching a $100 million plan to help more people with disability land, and keep a job.
Moving people with disability into open employment has been an ongoing issue for disability advocates. Over half of the people on NDIS plans who are in work, are working in sheltered workshops where wages can be as low as a few dollars an hour.
The plan released includes a fund set up to transition people with disability out of sheltered workshops and into open employment that pays a decent wage, and for the National Disability Insurance Scheme to move away from supporting sheltered workshops.
The plan is also calling for a national advertising campaign to tackle disability discrimination in the workplace and increased funding for Job Access – a government program aimed at driving disability employment.
Compared with other OECD countries, Australia ranks 21 out of 29 in employment participation rates for people with disability.