Our Vision

An Australia where people with a physical or mental health injury, illness or disability have a greater opportunity to work. Get involved

The Collaborative Partnership is a national system-wide collaboration between the public, private and not-for-profit sectors. Working together we can break down barriers in our systems and culture to enable more Australians to engage in good work.

Annual social and economic impacts of work incapacity in Australia:


People unable to work due to ill health, injury or disability and received income support


People accessed employer provided leave entitlements for work incapacity


Spent on income support
in one year

Note: estimates from 2015/16

We’re driving positive change in these areas:


The time is now to make real and sustainable change, to ensure that no person is left behind.

Every Australian should have the opportunity to enjoy the benefits that working brings, to financially provide for themselves and their loved ones.

Every system, sector and leader has a role to play to ensure this happens.

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Latest News

Employers and workplaces

National scan and analysis of cross-sector services that support people with a health condition or disability participate in good work.

29 Jun 2021 11:42am

Employment services help people become job ready, find employment, return to work or stay at work – the question is, how do these services operate and perform across all sectors, schemes and systems?


Joining industry leaders at international summit

28 Apr 2021 5:10pm

Professor Niki Ellis, Expert Advisor to the Collaborative Partnership, is presenting at the 2021 All-Actuaries Virtual Summit hosted by the Actuaries Institute of Australia.

Partner updates

Partner news: National Disability Employment Strategy consultation

28 Apr 2021 5:04pm

Public consultation is now open for the National Disability Employment Strategy, an important initiative from the Department of Social Services (DSS) – a partner of the Collaborative Partnership.

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Insurance Council of Australia
Department of Employment, Skills, Small and Family Business
EML Insurance
Department of Social Services
Royal Australian College of Physicians
Australasian Faculty of Occupational and Environmental Medicine
Australian Council of Trade Unions
National Disability Insurance Scheme
Department of Health
National National Mental Health Commission
Attorney General's Department

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