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Disabled in Australia / Maybe, but fully fit to work

Hundreds of thousands of people on the disability support pension who have some capacity to work should be given the support and incentives they need to enter or re-enter the workforce.

And why? Because cutting people off from work – those who have the capacity to work – and not engaging them in any level of community participation, as is the case for DSP recipients, delivers nothing but isolation and misery.

There’s plenty of research about the devastating effects long-term unemployment has on a person’s health. And from Aboriginal townships in remote Australia to suburbs on the fringes of our major cities, there is abundant evidence of how welfare dependency eats away at whole families and communities.

The irony is that I seldom meet an unemployed disabled person who doesn’t want to work. If only they received the support they needed. And let’s be clear, we each have a role to play – governments, businesses and community organisations – in providing that assistance.

Australia has a miserable track record in this area. We rank 21 out of 29 OECD countries for our employment rate of people with disabilities. The federal government must give greater consideration to the support needed to encourage more DSP recipients into the workforce.

Chosen excerpts by Job Market Monitor

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2 thoughts on “Disabled in Australia / Maybe, but fully fit to work

  1. Hi, I enjoyed reading your blog post. I am a disabled woman in the USA. The same thing happens here for people with disabilities…I am a perfect example of what your blog is saying. I am also a new blogger and would love for you to follow, share or at least like my blog. keep up the good work.

    Posted by brandy197435 | June 24, 2013, 12:31 am
  2. I’m all over this with this write-up, I must say i think this excellent website needs a lot more consideration. Ill probably be again to see much more, thanks for that data.

    Posted by edward | July 23, 2013, 2:12 pm

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