One of Australia’s foremost charities has pointed to Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS) data which shows a staggering increase in the number of Australians receiving the disability pension, as evidence that people with disabilities are still shunned from the workforce.
Hall says the figures highlight a need for a review of the disability support pension system to help people get back into the workforce – the key issue is a sheer lack of opportunity and training for people who want to return to work. “They're put onto this pension, it doesn't get much support to help them get back into work, and we're saying is it not time to stop and do something different to help them get back into work, if that's what they want to do,” Hall said.
Hall added that many disabled Australians have a hard time entering the workforce and issued a challenge to Australian employers. “You look at most workplaces in Australia, and I challenge people to look at your own workplace and say genuinely, 'How many disabled people are around me working', and often the answer is, 'Well not many'. "We're questioning 'why is that?'