Work barrier for disabled removed

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Work barrier for disabled removed

The Federal Government is removing one of the barriers that dissuades people with disabilities from looking for work.

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The Federal Government is removing one of the barriers that dissuades people with disabilities from looking for work.

Currently, people on the Disability Support Pension (DSP) who want to look for work automatically have their benefit reviewed, which can result in a reduction of their payments.

This has been found to be the biggest disincentive for the disabled when they consider employment.

Simpler assessment

Under the new system, from September 2008, DSP recipients who wish to find employment will undertake a simpler assessment process - a ‘pre-employment referral’, which will only collect information to determine the most appropriate employment services for the individual.

‘People with disabilities who want to work should be encouraged and supported to join in the workforce as much as they are able,’ the Minister for Employment Participation, Brendan O’Connor said.

Social benefits

‘The Government recognises as well as financial benefits of employment there are significant social benefits of more people taking an active role in their communities, he said.

The simpler referral will allow the Job Capacity Assessor to identify which employment service providers are best suited to assist someone with disability back into the workforce without conducting a review of the person’s DSP entitlement.


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