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Increasing employment rates for Indigenous people with a disability

Posted on: 31 March, 2014
Issue: Vol 14 No 1, January 2014 – March 2014
Related to Closing the gap Disability Health services Social determinants

Closing the Gap Clearinghouse (2014)
Increasing employment rates for Indigenous people with a disability
Canberra: Closing the Gap Clearinghouse

This report assesses and summarises the evidence on the effectiveness of programs relevant to increasing employment rates for Indigenous people with a disability.

The report highlighted the following information from the 2011 Census:

  • around 29,600 (5.7%) Indigenous people reported needing help with core activities, the majority (81%) of which were aged under 65 years old
  • 6% of Indigenous Australians compared with 2% for non-Indigenous Australians under 65 years old needed help with core activities
  • disability rates increased progressively with age from 4.8% at age 35-39 to 18.5% at age 60-64 for Indigenous men, and from 3.8% at age 35-39 to 17.1% at age 60-64 for Indigenous women
  • Indigenous men and women of working age who had a disability have lower employment rates than their non-Indigenous counterparts.

Indigenous job seekers experience greater labour market disadvantage than non-Indigenous job seekers. The disadvantages include living in locations that are distant from labour markets or other disadvantaged areas, having lower levels of education, poorer health and higher rates of disability.

Abstract adapted from Australian Institute of Health and Welfare

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