Submission to DEEWR on Improving the Employment Participation of People with Disability in Australia

The Business Council of Australia strongly supports the aim of increasing the employment of Australians with disability.

The BCA does not support requiring employers to report on disability employment, because it would fail to increase the employment of people with disability while imposing unnecessary costs.

The BCA considers that the best way of increasing the employment of people with disability is by:

  • improving incentives in Australia’s employment services so pre- and post-employment support and training for jobseekers with disability are more tailored and coordinated to long-term jobs that match their capabilities
  • reviewing contractual arrangements in the current DEEWR review of employment services to strengthen incentives to match long-term jobs with people with disability
  • informing employers of the benefits and best practice arrangements for employing people with disability
  • reducing complexities in Australia’s welfare and taxation system where it discourages some people with disability from seeking work because of the fear of losing benefits.

Submission on Improving the Employment Participation of People with Disability in Australia