Getting on with the job: The future of work for people with disability

Gaining and sustaining paid work is important to the health, wellbeing and quality of life of most people, and the adverse effects of long-term underemployment and unemployment are well documented. Numerous policy initiatives over many years have failed to reduce the high levels of underemployment and unemployment experienced by people with disability, despite their documented willingness to work.

This panel discussion will examine how meaningful progress towards improving access to secure and sustainable employment for people with disability might be made and measured. Panel members will discuss the diversity of expertise required to move forward, and the different types of policy interventions needed to effect change, from the level of policy design, through to practice to achieve a better future of work for people with disability.


  • Assoc. Professor Irma Mooi-Reci, Head of the Discipline of Sociology, Social Policy and Social Theory, School of Social and Political Sciences


  • Professor Shelley Mallett, Professorial Fellow in Social Policy, School of Social and Political Sciences will draw from the Brotherhood of St Laurence’s (BSL) Policy and Research Centre’s deep understanding of the supports and conditions at policy, system and service levels that enable people with disability to transition to employment.
  • Dr Jennifer Fitzgerald, CEO, Scope (Aust) will address the issue of turning good public policy into practice, asking ‘what does it take for a person with a disability to get a job?’.
  • Professor Keith McVilly, Professorial Fellow in Disability and Inclusion, School of Social and Political Sciences will discuss his work on a project identifying barriers and enablers to the successful and sustainable employment of people with intellectual disability in the Victorian public sector.

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