Study shows long-term benefits of supporting young Australians with disability to prepare for work

  Evidence shows that young people with disability are able to thrive in open employment when prepared and supported while at school through a coordinated approach. A new evaluation report shows that Ticket to Work, an initiative of National Disability Services, is providing effective school-to-work transition supports for young people with disability. The outcomes study […]

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Transitions to Employment of Australian Young People with Disability and the Ticket to Work Initiative

The Transitions to Employment of Australian Young People with Disability and the Ticket to Work Initiative report is centred on an exploration of transition from school to work within the context of young people with disability. The report provides youth disability data, explores what factors and elements comprise ‘good transition’ for this cohort and examines the […]

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‘Ticket to Work’ – A best practice School-based Apprenticeship and Traineeship model for students with disability

This Paper is both a literature review of strategies and approaches to apprenticeships and traineeships for people with a disability and recommendations for how to develop a best practice SBAT model for young people with disabilities. This Paper was written to assist the ‘Youth Disability Pathways Network (Inner Melbourne)’ stakeholders to initiate a pilot SBAT […]

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The economic benefit of increasing employment for people with disability

The gap in employment outcomes for people with and without disabilities has widened in the last decade despite substantial improvements in Australia’s labour market conditions overall. As at 2009, only half of the 2.2 million working-age Australians with a disability were employed, compared to nearly 80% of working age Australians without a disability. Poor employment […]

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The role of vocational education and training in the labour market outcomes of people with disabilities

Low levels of education generally among people with a disability is one of the factors contributing to their lower rate of labour market participation. What role vocational education and training (VET) plays in ameliorating this is the focus of this report. Using data from the Household, Income and Labour Dynamics of Australia surveys, the report […]

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What do people with intellectual disability think about their jobs and the support they receive at work?

  The Social Policy Research Centre was commissioned to examine the experiences people with intellectual disability have with different employment models. The study commenced in July 2015 and finished in 2016. Data was collected from 51 people with intellectual disability working in open employment, Australian Disability Enterprises (ADEs) and social enterprises. The reports highlight their […]

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Tell Them They’re Dreaming: Work, Education and Young People with Mental Illness in Australia

Orygen Youth Health Research Centre has just released a landmark report examining a number of the barriers to the participation in employment and education of young people with mental illness in Australia. The report suggests that despite the vast majority of young people with mental illness wanting to work, there is a growing body of […]

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Barriers and facilitators affecting course completions by apprentices and trainees with disabilities

Apprenticeships and traineeships are useful pathways for people with a disability to obtain a qualification and gain employment. Based on a three-year program of research, this report explores the barriers and facilitators of course completion reported by students with a disability who have completed an apprenticeship or traineeship. Formal and informal support was the greatest […]

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Facilitating the Career Development of Young People with Disability

As the peak national body for the Australian Career Industry, the Career Industry Council of Australia (CICA) advocates quality career development service provision for all Australians. The Council is particularly concerned that young people with disability are able to access appropriate information, advice and guidance on life, learning and work matters. To that end CICA […]

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Disability Expectations – Investing in a better life, a stronger Australia

The National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) was put forward by the Productivity Commission in its report Disability Care and Support. This paper provides a brief history of disability in Australia and, as part of its focus, draws on international experience and comparisons. One of the most telling and challenging statistics is that Australia ranks 21st […]

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To gain, retain and retrain: the role of post-school education for people with a disability

Helping people with disability participate in the labour market is one way to enhance their economic and social well-being. However, low levels of education among people with disability generally can hinder their participation. Using data from the Household, Income and Labour Dynamics in Australia survey, this study looks at the role of vocational education and […]

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What would it take? Employer perspectives on employing people with a disability

One focus of the Australian Government’s social inclusion agenda is to help people with a disability into work. For this to succeed, employers must be willing and able to productively employ people with a disability. The purpose of this study was to answer the question ‘what would it take’ to enable employers to employ people […]

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Quality outcomes for students with a disability: School to post-school transition

In March 2002, the Ministerial Task Force on Inclusive Education was established to provide advice to the Queensland Government on how to make the schooling system more inclusive for students at educational risk because of a disability or a learning difficulty. To this end, the Queensland Department of Education and the Arts engaged a research […]

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