Disability, employment and the interface with income support policies

Marston, Gregory, Moss, Jeremy and Lantz, Sarah (2009). Disability, employment and the interface with income support policies. In: Australian Social Policy Conference 2009, Sydney , Australia, (1-11). 8-10 July, 2009.

Author Marston, Gregory
Moss, Jeremy
Lantz, Sarah
Title of paper Disability, employment and the interface with income support policies
Conference name Australian Social Policy Conference 2009
Conference location Sydney , Australia
Conference dates 8-10 July, 2009
Convener Social Policy Research Centre
Place of Publication Sydney
Publisher Social Policy Research Centre, University of New South Wales.
Publication Year 2009
Year available 2009
Sub-type Fully published paper
Start page 1
End page 11
Total pages 11
Collection year 2010
Language eng
Abstract/Summary In this paper we examine the relationship between disability and paid employment in the context of recent policy changes associated with the former government’s ‘welfare-to-work’ package. We consider the question about whether a high level of disability income provision increases or decreases the risk of people being outside the labour market. The conventional assumption in welfare reform debates is that a more generous payment rate provides a disincentive to seek paid employment. What we argue in this paper, based on international research and a qualitative study undertaken by the authors, is that the reverse is more likely to be true. A lower rate of payment increases the risk of poverty and reduces the chance that people will be able to meet the costs of seeking and maintaining employment. Lifting the employment rate of people with a disability requires a comprehensive strategy that focuses on the adequacy of the income support system, accessible education and employment and an employment services system that is able to meet a diversity of aspirations and skills.
Subjects E1
940199 Community Service (excl. Work) not elsewhere classified
160512 Social Policy
Q-Index Code E1
Q-Index Status Confirmed Code

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Created: Mon, 30 Nov 2009, 12:03:39 EST by Dr Gregory Marston on behalf of School of Social Work and Human Services