The third edition of the Australian Disability Workforce Report examines whether the workforce trends analysed in February’s report are continuing, stalling or reversing. New features include state-level analysis and two ‘spotlight topics’ - qualifications of new staff and recruitment difficulty.
The report is informed by data from 45,000 workers around Australia, collected over 11 quarters from service providers through Workforce Wizard.
The report indicates:
rapid net employment growth (13.8 per cent) in the last financial year, over five times greater than the workforce as a whole and mainly concentrated in casual employment;
employment policies diverging between larger and smaller organisations; and
some gains, possibly related to the more buoyant labour market, in permanent employment and average working hours. Among allied health workers, the long-term downward trend in working hours reversed for the first time in a year.
Just one in five new recruits in the December 2017 quarter had a disability-related qualification (Certificate III and above).