The unemployment rate in the country is the highest in the world, but the number of people with a disability has remained largely unchanged in recent years.
The government has said it is committed to ensuring every eligible person with a Disability Recognition Certificate can find a job, but many people with disabilities say they have no idea how to apply.
In the latest report, from the Centre for Disability Studies (CDSS), nearly half of those surveyed said they had applied for a job that was not available, with only about one in five saying they had actually worked.
The CDSS also found that more than 40 per cent of people who were unemployed in the first six months of 2017 had a disability.
This meant almost one in three people who received a disability recognition certificate had found work.
“We know that the unemployment rate among people with disability in Australia is extremely high and we know that unemployment is a major barrier to employment and economic opportunity for people with Disability,” said CDSS president Professor Andrew Lees.
“And this shows there’s a disconnect between the Australian government’s commitment to people with Disabilities in Australia and what is happening in their lives.”
In fact, we know the unemployment rates for people who are unemployed and unemployed are at the highest they’ve been in more than 20 years.
“The unemployment rate for people aged 16-64 in Australia has been steadily increasing for the last two years.
While the number has fallen from the previous two years, unemployment among those aged 16 to 64 has risen by 15.3 per cent to 12.7 per cent.
Professor Lees said the unemployment figures also reflected the fact that Australians with a diagnosis of a mental health or physical disability had a lower rate of unemployment than other Australians.”
People with mental health disabilities have an unemployment rate of just 3.5 per cent and they have an employment rate of 7.3,” he said.”
So they’re actually actually one of the best performing groups in terms of employment.
“What we’ve found is that people with mental illness have a higher unemployment rate than people without a diagnosis.”
For example, the unemployment for people in the 15 to 24 age bracket has been trending downward over the last five years.
“That’s the most disadvantaged age group.”
When we look at disability unemployment we’ve been really focusing on those people in that age group.
“The disability recognition report also found there was a big gap between the level of disability and unemployment rates of people in Australia’s Indigenous communities.
It found that the Indigenous unemployment rate was 18.4 per cent, while the Indigenous disability unemployment rate stood at 12.1 per cent.”
We’ve found there’s this huge disparity between the rates of unemployment and disability and the rates for Indigenous Australians, with the Indigenous people of particular interest,” Professor Lees added.”
They have a much higher unemployment than the non-Indigenous people.
“He said the CDSS report showed that people were being pushed out of the labour market because they were not qualified for jobs.”
A lot of people have not been able to get the qualifications they need for those jobs,” Professor Lees said.
The report also highlighted the fact people with multiple disabilities were often not included in job vacancies because of their disability.”
The numbers are so high for people having multiple disabilities that the barriers that people have to getting into jobs that are looking for them are very high,” he explained.”
It means that they’re really out of touch with what is going on in the economy.
“Professor Le, from RMIT University, said the report was a reminder that there are still barriers to employment for people of different disability backgrounds.”
There are a lot of barriers that are in place to enable people to access jobs,” he told ABC Radio.”
Whether it’s for a disability qualification or whether it’s just because there’s so many people who need jobs, the number one barrier is that you’re not qualified.
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