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Research paves the way for improving work opportunities

New research examines employers’ behaviours and attitudes towards hiring and retaining Australians whose work opportunities are limited by injury, illness or disability.

The report is part of the Employer Mobilisation Project, one of the key programs of work under the Collaborative Partnership to improve work participation established by Comcare.

The Employer Mobilisation Report surveyed almost 2,500 employers on their behaviours, attitudes and intentions towards hiring and retaining people with health conditions that impact their ability to work.

Comcare CEO Jennifer Taylor said the research provided an evidence base for new approaches:

“Employers often have significant barriers to hiring people with ill-health or disability, but the research shows many of these issues fade with experience.”

In a trial beginning early next year, Virgin Australia Airlines, Australia Post and the Reserve Bank of Australia will use the research to design and test interventions to improve employment opportunities.

The Collaborative Partnership includes Comcare, the Department of Jobs and Small Business, the Insurance Council of Australia, the Australasian Faculty of Occupational and Environmental Medicine, the Department of Social Services, EML and the ACTU.

The Employer Mobilisation Report is available here.

Page last updated: 02 Jan 2019