May
14
2014

10 Facts About Disability Employment you won’t Believe!

To celebrate the launch of Enabled Employment, I'm going to post a few blog articles over the next few weeks with the first one setting the scene of disability in Australia.  Some of these facts and figures you won't believe.  How is a country as advanced as Australia failing so miserably in empowering and supporting people with a disability?

One in Five People in Australia has a disability which is in the region of 4 million people.  Keeping that information in mind, the following facts should be eye-opening:

  1. There is 54.3% workforce participation for people with a disability compared to 84% for people without a disability. A separate study showed that employment levels were 39.8% and 79.4% respectively

  2. As recently as 2010, the OECD rated Australia 21st out of 29 countries for employing people with disability – the lowest in the developed world

  3. Two thirds of people with disabilities are earning less than $320 per week compared to just one third of the general population. As a consequence of that...

  4. People with disabilities in Australia are more likely to be living in poverty than any other minority group

  5. Australia recently ranked 27th out of 27 countries for people with disability living on or near the poverty line. The global average is 22%, Australia’s is over double that at 45%

  6. On average, employees with a disability are less likely to take unscheduled time off, less likely to use sick leave and when in employment, on average stay in a job longer than their non-disabled counterparts

  7. The unemployment rate in 2009 was: 5.1% for the general population and 7.9% for people with disability – being registered unemployed means those individuals were willing and able to work

  8. People with mental illness had the lowest employment participation rates than any other disability group: employment participation rate in 2003 was 28.2%. Compare this to statistics at number 1 in this list

  9. People with mental illness had the highest unemployment rate of any disability group: 19.5%. Compare to statistics at number 7 in this list

  10. 48% of Complaints to the Australian Human Rights Commission concern disability and are made against businesses

 Surprised yet?  It's pretty shocking isn't it?  I'd love to hear what you think about these statisitics, leave a comment below and keep the conversation going.

To celebrate the launch of Enabled Employment, I'm going to post a few blog articles over the next few weeks with the first one setting the scene of disability in Australia.  Some of these facts and figures you won't believe.  How is a country as advanced as Australia failing so miserably in empowering and supporting people with a disability?

One in Five People in Australia has a disability which is in the region of 4 million people.  Keeping that information in mind, the following facts should be eye-opening:

  1. There is 54.3% workforce participation for people with a disability compared to 84% for people without a disability. A separate study showed that employment levels were 39.8% and 79.4% respectively

  2. As recently as 2010, the OECD rated Australia 21st out of 29 countries for employing people with disability – the lowest in the developed world

  3. Two thirds of people with disabilities are earning less than $320 per week compared to just one third of the general population. As a consequence of that...

  4. People with disabilities in Australia are more likely to be living in poverty than any other minority group

  5. Australia recently ranked 27th out of 27 countries for people with disability living on or near the poverty line. The global average is 22%, Australia’s is over double that at 45%

  6. On average, employees with a disability are less likely to take unscheduled time off, less likely to use sick leave and when in employment, on average stay in a job longer than their non-disabled counterparts

  7. The unemployment rate in 2009 was: 5.1% for the general population and 7.9% for people with disability – being registered unemployed means those individuals were willing and able to work

  8. People with mental illness had the lowest employment participation rates than any other disability group: employment participation rate in 2003 was 28.2%. Compare this to statistics at number 1 in this list

  9. People with mental illness had the highest unemployment rate of any disability group: 19.5%. Compare to statistics at number 7 in this list

  10. 48% of Complaints to the Australian Human Rights Commission concern disability and are made against businesses

 Surprised yet?  It's pretty shocking isn't it?  I'd love to hear what you think about these statisitics, leave a comment below and keep the conversation going.

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