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Mission Australia has extensive experience as a provider of Disability Employment Services (DES) and drawn on this experience to respond to the discussion paper on the Future of Disability Employment Services. We are committed to the rights of people with disability and are supportive of moves towards greater participant choice.
Mission Australia recognises the unique status of Indigenous peoples as the original owners and custodians of Australia’s lands and waters and we are committed to addressing the cultural, social and economic needs of Indigenous communities. Currently 6.63% of Mission Australia’s employees are of Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander background.
This submission to the Victorian Legislative Assembly Economy and Infrastructure Committee highlighted a range of challenges that people with disability experience when accessing and completing TAFE courses, followed by solutions to address those challenges including early intervention at school level and training to TAFE academic and non-academic staff to provide meaningful, targeted supports students with disability.
Mission Australia’s response to the inquiry focused on young people who are currently disengaged or at risk of disengaging from education. The submission highlighted the need for meaningful early intervention, and providing young people with opportunities to receive practical experience and information before they make decisions about their future career path.
Inquiry into sustainable employment for jobseekers experiencing disadvantage in Victoria Mission Australia’s submission to the Victorian Parliament’s Economy and Infrastructure committee highlighted the structural challenges to employment in Victoria and the needs of a range of people experiencing disadvantage. There is a need for the State government to focus on providing flexible, holistic and wrap-around supports to people experiencing various challenges to entering and sustaining long-term employment.
Mission Australia’s submission to the Parliamentary (Cth) inquiry into the implementation of ParentsNext highlighted our concerns in relation to the Targeted Compliance Framework (TCF). Considering the significant negative impacts of the TCF on parents with young children, Mission Australia made a series of recommendations including removing the application of the TCF and limiting the application of compulsory participation to parents with a youngest child over 4 years.
Our submission highlighted the findings from a range of Mission Australia Youth Survey reports, experience from service delivery and experiences of young people to demonstrate the need for more holistic, wrap around supports for young people to smoothly transition from education to employment. It also focused on the need for young people to have a say in decision making processes, service design and implementation.
Mission Australia’s submission highlights our ongoing concerns about the Targeted Compliance Framework (TCF) and its impact on participants in the ParentsNext program, recommending that the program be made voluntary and noting that we will continue to monitor the effects of the TCF through our services.
The Royal Commission called for submissions on employment of people with disability. Our submission highlighted the Young willing and able: Youth Survey Disability Report 2019 and focused on the need to address systemic and structural issues that impact on people with disability from gaining meaningful employment.
Employment is an integral aspect of a person’s economic independence as well as health and wellbeing. With access to the appropriate supports at the right time, many people who are currently experiencing unemployment are able to join or re-join the workforce.
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