breakthru Submission to Disability Royal Commission
September 3, 2020
by Joshua Cook

Breakthru Submission to Disability Royal Commission

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:

  • Literature review, which includes context setting and an overview of challenges faced by people with disability.
  • Analysis of best practices in Australia and internationally.
  • An overview of Breakthru’s four-phase social model.
  • Case studies where Breakthru has seen success.
  • 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.

About the author

Joshua Cook

Holding dual degrees in Business Marketing and Commerce Accounting, Josh brings more than half a decade of experience to his role as National Marketing Manager at Breakthru, based in Brisbane, Queensland. His life's journey has uniquely equipped him to serve in this vital position. Raised alongside his younger sister Katey, who has Down Syndrome, Josh has gained an intimate understanding of the challenges and societal stigmas associated with disabilities. This personal connection fuels his commitment to the mission of Breakthru - to empower individuals like Katey to access the resources and support they require to live fulfilling lives. Through his role at Breakthru, Josh aims to break down the barriers and dismantle the misconceptions that often surround people with disabilities.

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