AND Submission on Supported Employment 2018 Discussion Paper, March 2018

The Federal Government released a Supported Employment Discussion Paper in December 2017 and called for submissions in response to it by March 2018. AND’s detailed analysis and submission is available here. We are very concerned about the quality of the Discussion Paper. The paper does not reference the history, key documents or research (including its own publications and research it has commissioned).

We strongly believe that the focus of the discussion should be on increased employment for people with disability, in particular the 460,000 Australians who will be eligible for the NDIS, rather than ensuring a strong future for Australian Disability Enterprises which currently provide services to 20,000 people with disability. 

We have recommended that the Federal Government should return to the definition of supported employment contained in its 2012-2022 Inclusive Employment Strategy: ‘ongoing support, funded by government that people with disability need in order to access and retain employment. This support is related to the nature of their disability’. The funding should also be linked to the individual, based on need and be available irrespective of employment setting. We have also made a number of other recommendations to this effect, as well as provided a summary of the history of disability policy making and key international and domestic laws.

Read: AND Submission in response to the Australian Government Department of Social Services 2018 Discussion Paper “Ensuring a strong future for supported employment,” 19 March 2018