April 15, 2015

Labor welcomes today’s announcement that the Australian Human Rights Commission will undertake a National Inquiry into Employment Discrimination against Older Australians and Australians with Disability.

Labor believes that one of the best ways we can enrich the lives of people with disability is to help them find and keep work. 

For far too long Australians with disability have faced discrimination in the workplace.

Australia ranks 21 out of 29 countries for employment participation for people with a disability. That simply isn’t good enough.

That’s why in government, Labor established the new Disability Employment Services and took bold decisions to put employment services out to full tender.

Labor also created the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS), a transformative scheme that will provide people with disability the support and care they have waited so long for.

The NDIS is also an important economic reform that will create jobs and unlock the potential of thousands of people with disability and their carers. 

The NDIS will also provide more opportunities for people with disability to find work.

According to PwC, by 2050, 370,000 people with disability will find work, contributing an additional $50 billion, or 1.4 per cent, to GDP. 

The NDIS will drive greater workforce participation and ultimately support people with disability out of poverty. 

Labor also firmly rejects the notion that older Australians are a burden on society. 

Labor believes we all benefit from the immense value that older Australians add to our workplaces and our economy, not just in terms of skills, but also life experience.

Labor also created the Work Bonus, an incentive for Age Pensioners to participate in the workforce by allowing them to keep more of their pension when they have earnings from working.

In government, Labor established a new $43.3 million Productive Ageing Package that provided vital training and support for older Australians who want to stay in the workforce.

Labor will work to support the National Inquiry into Employment Discrimination against Older Australians and Australians with Disability.


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