ACT Council of Social Service Inc.

Justice | Equity | Social Inclusion | Reconciliation

Submission: Inquiry into the employment of people with disabilities

Publication date: 
May 2017

In this submission to the ACT Legislative Assembly Standing Committee on Health, Ageing and Community Services, we highlight poor general and public sector employment rates for people with disability; specific vulnerabilities experienced by people in the context of broader economic shifts to insecure, casual and precarious employment; urge the government to adopt a sustained consistent strategy which includes hard targets and identified positions with clear lines of accountability; highlight the need for well resourced and evidence based work to change employer practices in the private, public and community sector; call for greater use of leverage through purchasing as well as solid industry pre-employment programs; and the need for policy to recognise and value both social and economic participation.

Thank you to the members who shared ideas, stories and feedback in the development of our submission.