R&IA Townsville Workshop – Initial outcomes

Rights & Inclusion Australia Townsville Workshop – 1 December 2011 – initial outcomes

The Workshop was attended by approximately 45 participants representing key stakeholders and summary reports and audio / video highlights will be posted shortly. Initial outcomes include:

  • Adverse implications of the Price Waterhouse Coopers Report on all Australian with a disabilities. OECD ranks Australia 21st out of 29 countries in employment participation rates for people with a disability, with 45% living near or below the poverty line
  • An estimated 37% of Indigenous Australians have a disability compared to the national statistic of 19%
  • Lack of knowledge and awareness about support services available to First People with a disability (FPWD)
  • Process fundamentally upside down, with indigenous agencies mainly staffed by non indigenous people
  • Key importance of respect, and the need to change mind sets of Aboriginal and Torres Straight Islanders and non indigenous people
  • Federal initiatives including the NDIS (National Disability Insurance Scheme) provide opportunities for real change, and need effective involvement of all stakeholders
  • NDIS provides important opportunities for regional and remote communities
  • Employment opportunities for FPWDs should be based on access to training, equality, job security and enjoyment
  • Federal and Queensland employment strategies, policies and guidelines for setting up a business are available, and links will be posted at www.riaustralia.org in due course
  • Creating employment requires a combination of available opportunities and innovative ideas
  • The best outcomes result from building and maintaining good partnership
  • Better outcomes for FPWDs need to be based on strong family values and effective transition to employment, education and social inclusion
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