The Federal Government has started a design consultation process on the role and scope for a new Disability Employment Centre of Excellence. The centre is aimed at improving employment outcomes for people with disability and increasing the capacity of employment service providers and employers.
The government has released an options paper based on consultation feedback which outlines models for consideration and a proposed approach, with suggestions the centre be a disability employment “one stop shop” for accessing information and include an evidence-based Community of Practice. It could also bring together case studies, foster best practice and outreach with employers, develop data and evidence, and mobilise networks.
Social Services Minister Amanda Rishworth said the unemployment rate for people with disability has not shifted in 30 years and while the government is committed to removing the barriers to employment, more needs to be done. “We need help from individuals with lived experience, the community, and the sector,” she said. “Giving your feedback on the options paper will ultimately help more people with disability prepare for work, get a job, keep working and progress their careers.”
Along with the options paper, new Good Practice Guidelines on the appropriate ways to engage with people with disability are also being released. The guidelines were developed in consultation with over 80 community members, including people with disability, First Nations people with disability and people from culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds with disability.
The guidelines will be published on Australia’s Disability Strategy Hub on the Disability Gateway.