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Economic benefits of employment for people with disability

Deloitte Access Economics Report for the Australian Network on Disability


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Economic benefits of employment for people with disabilityThe gap in employment outcomes for people with and without disabilities has widened in the last decade despite substantial improvements in Australia's labour market conditions overall. As at 2009, only half of the 2.2 million working-age Australians with a disability were employed, compared to nearly 80% of working age Australians without a disability.

Poor employment outcomes involve substantial costs to individuals – and to the community. This report estimates the increase in economic output that could be achieved if employment outcomes for Australians with disabilities were increased by one third –from 54% to 64% – that is to a level already achieved by New Zealand and a number of Nordic countries.

The report is structured as follows:

  • Executive Summary
  • Introduction: background
  • Disability and the labour market: prevalence of disability, labour market outcomes, government support
  • Modelling the impact of increased employment: labour market scenarios, assumptions, results
  • Conclusions.

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