The Australian Government’s report on this national enquiry was tabled in Federal Parliament in February 2006. The Human Rights Commissioner and acting Disability Discrimination Commissioner, Graeme Innes of the Human Rights and Equal Opportunity Commission (HREOC) observed that all levels of government “must work together to create a level playing field for people with a disability in employment”.

Australian Disabled Access Consultants applauds the report’s many recommendations. These include:

1. Improved transition-to-work schemes for disabled people in the tertiary, secondary and vocational education sectors

2. Improved public sector and government funded information, recruitment and employment support services

3. Increased recruitment and retention of disabled people in the public sector.

Australian Disabled Access Consultants fully supports the HREOC and congratulates the Australian Government for agreeing to establish a one-stop shop to provide a central information point for disabled people and employers. It agrees that all governments must provide public sector employment practises and clear strategies to address employers concerns for costs and risks associated with disabled employees.