Inclusive Employment 2012-2022: a vision for supported employment

Australian Disability Enterprise (ADE) Vision workshops

A recent series of national workshops for Australian Disability Enterprise (ADE) representatives provided them with the opportunity to work directly with FaHCSIA on their journey toward the Vision for supported employment. 

The workshops considered the role of supported employment and provided an interactive discussion and forum to exchange of views in and to raise questions.

Through these discussions and forums a number of documents were developed by participants:

In addition, several PowerPoint presentations were given at the workshops including:

The workshops commenced in January 2013 and were well attended by ADE representatives in VIC, TAS, NSW, QLD, ACT, SA and WA.

Inclusive Employment 2012-2022: a vision for supported employment

The ten-year Vision sets out a path for change in the way the Australian Government assists people with disability in supported employment.

The report is published in full below.

Inclusive Employment 2012-2022: a vision for supported employment  DOC [139kB]  PDF [453kB] Easy English PDF [183KB]

How was Inclusive Employment developed?

This follows the report of the independent Advisory Group appointed to provide strategic advice to the Australian Government for a ten-year Vision for people with disability in supported employment has now been released.

The report sets out the Advisory Group’s vision for the supported employment sector, underpinned by a series of principles and eleven recommendations.

It is hoped the report will provide a strong framework for the employment expectations and aspirations of people with disability, their families and carers, as well as service providers, government and the general community.

The report is published in full below.

Advisory Group: Vision for Sustainable Supported Employment   DOC [283kB]   PDF [819kB] Easy English   PDF [2.49MB] Plain English   PDF [2.49MB]

October 2011 Communique: Vision Advisory Group

The Advisory Group for Inclusion for People with Disability Through Sustainable Supported Employment completed its work, with its final report presented to the Parliamentary Secretary on 28 September 2011.

May 2011 Communique: Vision Advisory Group

The Advisory Group for Inclusion for People with Disability Through Sustainable Supported Employment met in Sydney for the final time on the 18 and 19 May 2011.

Advisory Group Chair, Professor Lesley Chenoweth, said ‘I am very pleased with the important work undertaken by the Group over the previous six months. While there have been many differences of opinion, there have also been many points of agreement. Most importantly, I believe the Group has produced a Vision that puts the rights of people with disability first and foremost, and underlines our obligations as Australians to support people with disability to take part in fairly paid, meaningful work that meets their aspirations, and a satisfying community life.’

Professor Chenoweth thanked Advisory Group members for their work in delivering a visionary future for supported employment. ‘I am confident that the Vision we’ve developed provides a good compass for the employment expectations and aspirations of people with disability, their families and carers, as well as service providers, government and the general community.’

March 2011 Communique: Vision Advisory Group

The Advisory Group for Inclusion for People with Disability Through Sustainable Supported Employment met for the second time on 9 and 10 March, 2011.

The focus of this workshop meeting was to allow time to explore ideas in a way that was thorough, candid and collaborative in order to further develop proposals for Government regarding a future Vision for Supported Employment. Whilst members shared a common ground of significant commitment to people with disability they also represented diverse perspectives. This commitment allowed members to engage in significant debate and still work together in a spirit of collaboration to draft a preliminary Vision, underpinned by a series of principles. 

The Group agreed it is critical for any Vision to connect with the broader policy environment including the significant reforms occurring elsewhere in the disability sphere. It has also acknowledged the strengths that exist in the current system, while also identifying opportunities for future change. A primary focus for the Group has been linkages to the United Nations Convention on the Rights of People with Disability; and ensuring that the person with disability, families and carers are at the centre of any system.

Advisory Group Membership

Pr Lesley Chenoweth - Chair
Head, School of Human Services
Griffith University

Dr Ken Baker
Chief Executive  
National Disability Services

Mr David Barbagallo
Chief Executive Officer
Endeavour Foundation

Ms Ingrid Landau
Research Officer
Australian Council of Trade Unions

Mr Mark Pattison
National Council on Intellectual Disability (December and March meetings only)

Ms Samantha Jenkinson

Mr Neil Preston OAM
Chief Executive Officer
Greenacres Disability Services

Consultations

Consultations on the discussion paper, Inclusion for people with disability through sustainable supported employment concluded late in 2010. Copies of the discussion paper are still available, for information only.

Over 600 submissions were received. The submissions have been used to assist the government in developing the new 10 year vision for supported employment.

Themes to come out of the discussion paper responses included:

  • concerns about wages and what can be done to improve wage outcomes for people with disability
  • the importance of the working environment for people with disability and the positive social connections formed there
  • the importance of an adequately resourced work environment for people that need ongoing day-to-day support
  • ideas and strategies for maintaining commercial viability within the sector and providing meaningful work for employees
  • the need for choice, flexibility, adequate training and career paths for people with disability, and their support workers. 

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