Media Release by The Hon Christian Porter MP

Improving the disability employment system

People with disability, their families, carers and employers are encouraged to provide feedback on a new discussion paper aimed at developing a National Disability Employment Framework.

Minister for Social Services, the Hon Christian Porter MP, said the Framework will contribute to better job opportunities to people with disability.

“The Government wants to get more people with disability into jobs,” Mr Porter said.

“People with disability have higher unemployment rates than other Australians, and these rates have remained stagnant for the past 20 years.

“We have a range of disability employment support services, but their performance in helping people with disability find long-term, sustainable jobs can be improved.

“Only one-in-three job seekers in our Disability Employment Services programme find and keep a job for 26 weeks or more.

“A taskforce is reviewing the entire disability employment system and developing a new National Disability Employment Framework.

“The taskforce already led one round of successful consultation this year to find out what is and isn’t working with the current system, and what other methods could work.

“This consultation, along with other research, has informed the discussion paper.

“The discussion paper outlines a case for changing disability employment services and describes how disability employment policy could work in the future.

“We will be holding information sessions in capital cities to present the ideas proposed in the discussion paper, and invite more detailed feedback through an online survey.”

The consultation closes on 7 December. For a copy of the discussion paper or to find out more, visit

Information sessions

Perth, Thursday, 19 November 2015

Adelaide, Friday, 20 November 2015

Brisbane, Tuesday, 24 November 2015

Sydney, Wednesday, 25 November 2015

Hobart, Thursday, 26 November 2015

Darwin, Thursday, 26 November 2015

Canberra, Monday, 27 November 2015

Melbourne, Monday, 30 November 2015