Everyone in our community has the right to work and earn a living but not everyone is lucky enough to have a job.
When it comes to employment for people with a disability, Australia ranks 21st out of 29 Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) countries1. Our ranking for relative poverty risk for people with a disability is even worse – we are 27th out of 27 OECD countries, with 45 per cent of Australians with disability living near or below the poverty line2.
In 1993 the workforce participation rate for people with disability was 54.9 per cent and in 2012 it had dropped to 52.8 per cent3. This needs to change. Our community deserves better and we’re working hard to improve outcomes. With your help, we can create a future that’s full of possibilities.
- OECD. (2010). Sickness, Disability and Work: Breaking the barriers – A synthesis of findings across OECD countries.
- OECD. (2009). Sickness, Disability and Work: Keeping on track in the economic downturn – Background paper.
- ABS, 2015.