Did you know that people with disability are far less likely to have a job in Australia than in any other advanced economic nation? That’s what we discovered, and we think Australia can do much better.

As part of our ongoing commitment to creating positive change for people with disability, breakthru has made a detailed submission to the Disability Royal Commission. Our submission is designed to help improve the experiences of people with disability in employment, which is done by reporting on five key themes:

  1. Literature review, which includes context setting and an overview of challenges faced by people with disability.
  2. Analysis of best practices in Australia and internationally.
  3. An overview of breakthru’s four-phase social model.
  4. Case studies where breakthru has seen success.
  5. Recommendations to the commission.

The Royal Commission into Violence, Abuse, Neglect and Exploitation of People with Disability was established in April 2019 in response to community concern about widespread reports of violence, abuse, neglect and exploitation of people with disability.

The Royal Commission will ultimately serve as a catalyst for change in Australia, from which we hope to see better protections and outcomes for people with disability. Given the wide reach of the commission, this provides a unique opportunity for people with disability, carers, service providers and other advocates to influence the supports and models of care available in Australia.

As part of this process, breakthru, our customers and carers have collectively contributed expertise and insights about what improvements can be made to create better employment outcomes for people with disability.

If you’re interested, please feel free to read our submission to the Royal Commission here.

Once all submissions have been made by the community, the Royal Commission will move to publish an interim report on findings by 30 October 2020.