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Chris Spicer
Chris Spicer

Employment of People with Disability STATS

People aged between 15 and 64 years with disability have both lower participation (53%) and higher unemployment rates (9.4%) than people without disability (83% and 4.9% respectively).

There are 2.1 million Australians of working age with disability. Of these, just over 1 million are employed and another 114,900 are looking for work.

Australia’s employment rate for people with disability (46.6% in 2015) is on par with developed countries. In developing countries, 80% to 90% of people with disability of working age are unemployed, whereas in industrialised countries the figure is between 50% and 70%.

34% of people with disability are managers & professionals.
Graduates with disability take 56.2 % longer to gain fulltime employment than other graduates.

People with disability aged 15-24 years are 10 times more likely to experience discrimination than those aged 65 years and over.
The source of discrimination is an employer in almost half of those instances.

Global research has found that when employee health and wellness is managed well the percentage of engaged employees increases from 7% to 55%.

73 percent of employees who say they work at a “purpose-driven” company are engaged, compared to just 23 percent of those who don’t.