Victoria's first economic participation plan for people with disability
Mon 26 March 2018
In February 2018, the Victorian Government launched Every opportunity – a three-year plan to enhance the economic participation of people with disability across the full breadth of the Victorian economy.
Warmly welcomed by the Australian Network on Disability (AND), the plan focuses on improving learning pathways, employment opportunities and support for business ownership and innovation. It sets out 21 practical and sustainable actions to increase the economic participation of Victorians with disability.
- Sets a target for disability employment across all Victorian Government departments of 6% by 2020 and 12% by 2025.
- Aims to build a strong focus on employment outcomes within the NDIS through funded initiatives, such as AND’s Victorian Employer Enablement Project (VEEP). VEEP is designed to develop employers’ disability confidence and support them to reap the rewards of a more diverse workforce that includes people with disability.
- Increased investment in Jobs Victoria to establish a dedicated disability employment support stream.
- A range of initiatives to support transitions from study to work, such as: leadership programs; internships; and sponsored traineeships, cadetships and graduate careers in Victorian health services.
- Development of a whole-of-government social procurement framework that takes action to enhance economic opportunities for people with disability.
Every opportunity seeks to drive change by addressing the systemic difficulties faced by people with disability. It builds on four key themes.
- Transforming attitudes and shaping inclusion.
- Using employer-led approaches that ensure employers are equipped with the right knowledge, tools and resources to help create more economic opportunities for people with disability.
- Preparing for and supporting transitions into meaningful employment.
- Using targets to achieve positive outcomes for people with disability and employers.