Inclusive SA

Theme Four: Learning and employment

Workforce participation is fundamental to social inclusion.

It provides economic independence and choice, social connections and friendships, value, identity and belonging. It is our aim that people living with disability have access to inclusive places of study and that education and training provides pathways to meaningful and inclusive employment and volunteering opportunities.

Priority 10: Better supports within educational and training settings

Action 32

State education and training sectors to support inclusive education culture and practices.

Status: In progress

Estimated timeframe: 2020–23

Notes: In 2021, the Department for Education introduced the Inclusive Teacher of the Year (Disability) Award as a category in the Public Education Awards. This category acknowledges teachers who exemplify inclusive education and demonstrate outstanding practice to improve outcomes for learners with disability. Additionally, the My Wellbeing Survey will be rolled out across the department and will measure staff experience of inclusivity.

Action 33

State education authorities to work in partnership with children, students, parents or carers, industries and the community to provide curriculum and learning opportunities that are personalised and tailored to the individual, and prepare for life beyond school.

Status: In progress

Estimated timeframe: 2020–23

Notes: The Department for Education is implementing a 'One in Four' reform program to establish a model of support that leads to improved learning and development outcomes for children and students with functional needs in Government of South Australia schools and preschools.

Action 34

Determine data required to measure and track the percentage of people living with disability participating and achieving in education and training.

Status: In progress

Estimated timeframe: 2020–23

Notes: DHS has completed the National Disability Data Asset South Australian pilot test case: Education to Employment, capturing and analysing data related to the pathways from education to employment for people with disability. The test case report will be shared with stakeholders in 2022.

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Priority 11: Skill development through volunteering and support in navigating the pathway between learning and earning

Action 35

Explore how pathways can be improved from education and training settings to post-learning.

Status: Ongoing

Estimated timeframe: 2020–23

Notes: The Department for Education Disability Transition Program supported 75 students in 2021, with all year 12 students completing their SACE with a clear transition pathway. Consultation has commenced with disability employment service providers to better understand the issues that impact students with disability during the post-school transition process to guide the program beyond 2022. Initial consultation identified key themes surrounding the complexities and barriers faced by students with disability and these issues will be addressed as part of a broader pathways strategy, currently under development.

The Department for Innovation and Skills has updated the Foundation Skills Guidelines to promote inclusion of people with disability, improve educator capacity and support smooth transition to further training, Vocational Education and Training, traineeships, apprenticeships and employment. All students facing significant barriers to completing their training can access Learning Support Services fee-free, individualised case management to address barriers that may be impacting on their ability to retain or complete their training.

In 2020 the National Centre for Vocational Education Research reported the following student outcomes for South Australians who participated in Vocational Education and Training and reported as having disability:

  • 54.1 per cent employed after training (up more than 5 percentage points on 2019)
  • 22.2 per cent enrolled in further study after training (slightly down on 2019)
  • 66 per cent employed after training or in further study (up more than 5 percentage points on 2019).

Action 36

State authorities to facilitate meaningful volunteering opportunities for people living with disability.

Status: In progress

Estimated timeframe: 2022–23

Notes: 70 per cent of all State authorities are facilitating meaningful volunteer opportunities for people with disability.  Further information can be found in State authorities’ DAIPs. All DAIPs can be accessed on the Inclusive SA website.

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Priority 12: Improved access to employment opportunities and better support within workplaces

Action 37

Support and promote the implementation of the Office of the Commissioner for Public Sector Employment’s Public Sector Employment Strategy across the public sector.

Status: Ongoing

Estimated timeframe: 2020–23

Notes: The Office of the Commissioner for Public Sector supports and promotes the implementation of the South Australian Public Sector Disability Employment Strategy across the public sector through the provision of tools and resources, information sharing, and supporting engagement with public sector agencies. The Office of the Commissioner for Public Sector has established working groups to promote and implement the strategy. Specific initiatives undertaken include:

  • identifying and addressing barriers to sharing disability status and investigation of alternate methods for disclosure
  • promoting employment outcomes and career development opportunities for employees living with disability
  • identifying champions of disability employment within the sector to raise awareness of disability employment
  • promoting and encouraging participation in significant events, for example, International Day of People with Disability.

Action 38

Increase employment opportunities across all levels in the South Australian public sector through the targeting of job opportunities for people living with disability under section 65 of the Public Sector Act 2009 (SA) which provides for employment opportunity programs.

Status: Ongoing

Estimated timeframe: 2020–23

Notes: The Office of the Commissioner for Public Sector Employment has included this action in the South Australian Public Sector Disability Employment Plan. Provisions exist under the Public Sector Act 2009 (SA) for candidates registered with a Disability Employment Service provider to apply for internal public sector vacancies. The Office of the Commissioner for Public Sector Employment has developed resources for public sector agencies and disability employment service providers to promote this employment opportunity program and provide advice on how to distribute information on vacancies. These resources are available on the Office of the Commissioner for Public Sector Employment website.

Action 39

Develop data measures to track the percentage of people living with disability employed and retained in State authorities.

Status: In progress

Estimated timeframe: 2020–23

Notes: DHS has completed its work on the National Disability Data Asset South Australian pilot test case: Education to Employment that looked specifically at education to employment pathways for people living with disability. The test case explored the barriers to employment. The test case report will be shared with stakeholders in 2022.

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12 Aug 2020
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