Disability plan is good business
BUSINESSES across the Rochester region are urged to employ people with a disability under a bold new Victorian Government plan.
The State Disability Plan, which covers the next three years, includes a broad range of actions aimed at breaking down the barriers faced by people with a disability.
But the central focus is on boosting employment rates in Australia, where people with disabilities find it significantly more difficult to find work compared to other developed nations.
Murray Human Services, which supports people with a disability in the Rochester district, has embraced the plan.
Chief executive Scott Alexander said boosting employment opportunities for people with a disability would reduce reliance on government benefits.
‘‘Employment for a person with a disability brings with it benefits which include social and workplace skill building, being a contributor to and part of a team and the broader community, improved self-esteem and, of course, an income,’’ he said.
‘‘So many people with disabilities are ready and willing to work, and when given the opportunity to do so they are invariably very motivated and dedicated employees.’’
Figures show Australia ranks a dismal 21st out of 28 high income OECD countries when it comes to employing people with a disability.
Worse still, people with a disability are almost twice as likely to be unemployed compared to other Australians.
Housing, Disability and Ageing Minister Martin Foley said Victoria needed to be more inclusive.
‘‘Every Victorian deserves equality, but sadly, that’s not always the case for more than one million Victorians with a disability,’’ he said.
The NDIS is due to begin roll out in Echuca in May next year.
To view the new plan, visit www.statedisablityplan.vic.gov.au