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A Fair Go? Measuring Australia’s progress in reducing the disadvantage faced by working age adults with disabilities 2001-2016

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posted on 08.10.2020, 02:30 by Eric Emerson, Gwynnyth Llewellyn, HANNAH BADLAND, Roger Stancliffe, ANNE KAVANAGH, George Disney, Qingsheng Zhou

People with disabilities are more likely than others to face disadvantage. They are more likely to be poor, and they are more likely to be unemployed. This is why the Australian government has tried to reduce inequality faced by people with disabilities. Australia developed the Disability Discrimination Act in 1992. In 2008 Australia ratified the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities. In 2013 Australia launched the National Disability Insurance Scheme.


A Fair Go? Measuring Australia’s progress in reducing the disadvantage for adults with disabilities 2001-2016 was written by Professor Eric Emerson with contributions from Professor Gwynnyth Llewellyn, Professor Roger Stancliffe, Dr Hannah Badland, Professor Anne Kavanagh, Dr George Disney and Dr Qingsheng Zhou, from the Centre of Research Excellence in Disability and Health (CRE-DH).

The report contributes to earlier evidence reported in A Fair Go? Inequality, Wellbeing and Australian adults with disabilities 2001-2015. This report uses unit record data from the Household, Income and Labour Dynamics in Australia (HILDA) Survey. The HILDA Survey was initiated and is funded by the Australian Government Department of Social Services (DSS) and is managed by the Melbourne Institute of Applied Economic and Social Research (Melbourne Institute). The findings in this report are those of the authors and do not represent the views of either the DSS or the Melbourne Institute.

The Australian government has made several commitments to reduce the extent of discrimination and disadvantage experienced by people with disabilities.
• In 1992 Australia enacted the Disability Discrimination Act;
• In 2008 Australia ratified the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (UNCRPD). In doing so, Australia entered in to an international obligation to progressively realise the rights of people with disabilities and eliminate disability discrimination in all areas of life;
• In 2011 Australia published its National Disability Strategy to achieve ‘an inclusive Australian society that enables people with disability to fulfil their potential as equal citizens’.4
• In 2013 Australia launched its National Disability Insurance Scheme. There is, however, no formally agreed mechanism for monitoring the extent to which Australia is making progress in reducing the discrimination and disadvantage experienced by people with disabilities.

The Centre of Research Excellence in Disability and Health (CRE-DH) is hosted by the University of Melbourne and is funded by the National Health and Medical Research Council (NHMRC).


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