Unemployment and Participation Rates for People with Disability Getting Worse

New data from a Productivity Commission report on government assistance to people with disability and their carers has shown that unemployment is rising and participation falling for people with disability, and those with a profound or severe disability are being hit hardest. 

 

Here are some key points the chapter titled Services for people with disability from the Report on Goverment Services 2017 :

Unemployment

  • The unemployment rate for people with disability is increasing.  For people with profound or severe disability aged 15-64, the unemployment rate increased from 10.3% in 2012 to 13.7% in 2015. 
  • Over the same period, the total unemployment rate for people with disability rose from 9.4% to 10.0%.  The overall unemployment rate rose from 5.4% to 5.9%. 
  • In 2015 the unemployment rate for people with disability was highest in Tasmania at 16.2%, and the lowest in ACT at 3.6%.  The State reporting the lowest rate was NSW, with 8.2%.  

Participation

  • The labour force participation rate for people with profound or severe disability aged 15-64 fell from 31.3% to 25.0%, and employment-to-population ratio decreased from 28.0% to 21.6%

  • The proportion of people with disability with an employment restriction and participating in DES – ESS rose to 8.6% in 2014-15.

  • The proportion of people with disability with an employment restriction and participating in DES – DMS was 8.4% in 2015-16.  

  • The proportion in supported employment services had fallen to 6.8% in 2014-15.  

The report should serve as a "wake up call" to government, according to disability advocates.  

To access the Productivity Commission Report, click here.