Extract from an article by Simon Darcy and Tracy Taylor
Only 53% of Australians with disability are employed, compared to 83% of all working-age people. Australia ranks 21st out of 29 OECD nationswhen it comes to employment rates for people with a disability.
But looking at the data reveals an even darker story – complaints about disability discrimination are the largest category of discrimination reported to the Australian Human Rights Commission (AHRC), and the numbers have been steady for around 20 years.
Lower employment levels translate into Australians with disability living in poverty at the highest rates in the OECD.
The Australian Bureau of Statistics also found that the employment rates vary radically depending upon the “disability type”. Those who have a “psychological disability”, for example, have the lowest employment rate at 29%.
Employment also varies by “disability severity” (defined as mild, moderate, severe and profound). Employment decreases as severity increases. Only 26% of people with profound or severe physical disability are employed..(continues)
SOURCE: Simon Darcy and Tracy Taylor, “Three charts on: disability discrimination in the workplace”, The Conversation, 12 October 2017
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