Tearing down barriers: New federal taskforce to improve employment prospects for Australians with a disability
The NDIS Participant Employment Taskforce, announced last week by the Morrison Government, is being setup to look at how NDIS participants can be best supported to seek employment.
Minister for Families and Social Services, Paul Fletcher, and Assistant Minister for Social Services, Housing and Disability Services, Sarah Henderson, made the announcement at the National Disability Services CEO Forum in Melbourne.
“Despite their enthusiasm, commitment and good reputation as employees, people with disability too often find it hard to get into the workforce,” Mr Fletcher said.
About 14 per cent of working age people in Australia have a disability but people with disability comprise only nine per cent of the workforce, he said.
“Our Government wants to give a go to more of those people so that if they have the desire and capacity to work, they have that choice.”
Ms Henderson said overall employment of NDIS participants has remained consistent at 22 per cent.
“The NDIS is designed to provide reasonable and necessary supports to people with significant and permanent disability to support them to choose and achieve their goals in their communities and workplaces,” she said.
“We know that having a job brings greater economic independence, and significant social and emotional benefits.”
Ms Henderson said the Taskforce will also ensure supported employment is successfully transitioned into the NDIS.