The impact of disabilities on earning or learning in Australia and the implications for career development

James A. Athanasou, Gregory C. Murphy, Elias Mpofu

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Abstract

This paper utilises the national Survey of Disability Ageing and Carers to summarise the educational disadvantages and vocational inequalities for those with disabilities in Australia. Amongst persons with a disability, there is a decidedly lower rate of school completion. Distinctly fewer persons with a disability obtain degrees. Income is markedly reduced. Labour force participation is significantly lower, and the unemployment rate in 2015 was twice that of those without a disability. Alternate duties were provided in only 2% of cases and workplace accommodation made in 4% of instances. Supported employment was available in only 2.2% of cases. A disconcerting conclusion is that, over the past decade, the unemployment rate for those with a disability has been consistently higher. Suggestions are made for career development professionals to reverse some of the disadvantages reported.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)103-111
Number of pages9
JournalAustralian Journal of Career Development
Volume28
Issue number2
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jul 2019
Externally publishedYes

Keywords

  • Disability
  • career development
  • discrimination
  • earnings
  • education
  • employment
  • labour force

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Education
  • Organizational Behavior and Human Resource Management

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