Hon Stephen Dawson MLC

Hon Stephen Dawson MLC

Minister for Environment; Disability Services; Electoral Affairs

    Improving pathways to employment for people with disability

    5/04/2018 1:00 PM
    • Key industry leaders and employers to join roundtable discussion
    • Second roundtable with a focus on employment 

    Disability Services Minister Stephen Dawson is today hosting a second roundtable discussion to improve pathways to employment for people with disability.


    A range of key industry and business employers are coming together for the event, providing an opportunity to share their successes and how these may be enhanced and applied more broadly to improve long-term employment for people.


    Discussion will focus around three key themes:

    • Business drivers for employment of people with disability;
    • Attraction and retention opportunities and challenges; and
    • Opportunities for innovation. 

    The first roundtable discussion was held in December 2017, with a focus on hearing and learning from people with disability employed in the public sector. Participants shared their experiences in the workforce, including challenges they faced and opportunities for career progression.


    Data from the Australian Bureau of Statistics show that nationally in 2015, about 53.4 per cent of working-age people with disability were participating in the labour force, compared to 83.2 per cent of those without disability.


    Comments attributed to Disability Services Minister Stephen Dawson:


    "Increasing employment for people with disability is one of my priority areas. The value of work cannot be underestimated in improving a person's wellbeing and tangible sense of making a positive contribution to the community. Everyone should have that opportunity.


    "Today is a conversation about what works for employers and how we can grow the opportunities for people with disability. This includes improving prospects for career progression.


    "The advantages of employing people with disability go well beyond the individual who gains a job. Benefits to the organisation often include lower absenteeism and employee turnover, along with many social inclusion benefits."


    Minister's office - 6552 5800