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Increasing employment rates for Indigenous people with a disability

by Closing the Gap Clearinghouse

Year 2014
City Canberra
Institution Closing the Gap Clearinghouse
Date February 2014
Report number Resource sheet no. 29


This report assesses and summarises the evidence on the effectiveness of programs relevant to increasing employment rates for Indigenous people with a disability.

The report highlighted the following information from the 2011 Census:

  • around 29,600 (5.7%) Indigenous people reported needing help with core activities, the majority (81%) of which were aged under 65 years old
  • 6% of Indigenous Australians compared with 2% for non-Indigenous Australians under 65 years old needed help with core activities
  • disability rates increased progressively with age from 4.8% at age 35-39 to 18.5% at age 60-64 for Indigenous men, and from 3.8% at age 35-39 to 17.1% at age 60-64 for Indigenous women
  • Indigenous men and women of working age who had a disability have lower employment rates than their non-Indigenous counterparts.

Indigenous job seekers experience greater labour market disadvantage than non-Indigenous job seekers. The disadvantages include living in locations that are distant from labour markets or other disadvantaged areas, having lower levels of education, poorer health and higher rates of disability.

Abstract adapted from Australian Institute of Health and Welfare



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Last updated: 6 March 2014
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