Employment for young people

    Finishing school and starting post-school life can be challenging for everybody. But as well as the usual challenges senior students often face at these times, students with disability face a range of additional barriers.

    Young people with disability generally don’t have access to education of the same quality as others, and are often segregated in special schools or excluded in 'mainstream' schools. Students with disability are also significantly more likely to face restrictive practices such as restraint and seclusion.

    During the transition out of school, people often hold lower expectations for young people with disability, and there is little tailored information or assistance available.

    CYDA conducted a national survey between November 2019 and February 2020 to collect information about the experiences of senior students with disability and their families with career planning and post-school options. 

    The survey findings supported existing evidence that career planning and other post-school transition opportunities and support for students with disability are fragmented and generally poorer than for other students. Along with low expectations around students’ capabilities and desires, this contributes to poorer long-term outcomes and opportunities for young people with disability in further education, employment and social inclusion.

    In a submission to the Education Council’s review of senior secondary pathways into work, further education and training in December 2019, CYDA made a series of targeted recommendations to:

    • address exclusion in schools
    • develop tailored support for students with disability
    • provide more information to students with disability and their families
    • deliver strong outcomes for students with disability after school.

    Advocating for greater inclusion at these times of life is a key part of CYDA’s work. Our recent submissions on the topic can be found below.

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    Resources

    Recording: Young, Powerful & Engaged: CYDA's Federal Election Forum

    News

    May 2022

    Recording: Young, Powerful & Engaged: CYDA's Federal Election Forum

    Video

    Media Releases

    April 2022

    Calls for national plan to support young people with disability into employment

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    Submissions

    August 2021

    Review of the Disability Support Pension Impairment Tables

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    Submissions

    July 2021

    Inquiry into the purpose, intent and adequacy of the Disability Support Pension

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    Submissions

    July 2021

    Social Security Legislation Amendment (Streamlined Participation Requirements and Other Measures) Bill 2021 [Provisions]

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    Submissions

    May 2021

    National Disability Employment Strategy consultation

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    Submissions

    April 2021

    Indigenous Voice Co-Design Process Interim Report

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    Submissions

    April 2021

    Victorian State Disability Plan

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    Submissions

    April 2021

    CYDA’s submission to the Senate Select Committee on Job Security Young people with disability and job insecurity

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    National Youth Disability Summit - What young people with disability said - Employment Position Paper

    Research & reports

    November 2020

    National Youth Disability Summit - What young people with disability said - Employment Position Paper

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    National Youth Disability Summit Outcomes Report Card - Employment (Plain english PDF)

    Research & reports

    November 2020

    National Youth Disability Summit Outcomes Report Card - Employment (Plain english PDF)

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    Submissions

    October 2020

    Disability Royal Commission - Response to Employment issues paper

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    Submissions

    July 2020

    Senate Select Committee on Autism inquiry

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    Senate inquiry confirms the need to review income support payments for young people with disability

    News

    May 2020

    Senate inquiry confirms the need to review income support payments for young people with disability

    Article

    Submissions

    February 2020

    Inquiry into the education of students in remote and complex environments

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    Submissions

    January 2020

    Feedback on productivity commissions mental health draft report

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    Submissions

    December 2019

    The review of senior secondary pathways into work, further education and training

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    Submissions

    September 2019

    Inquiry into adequacy of Newstart

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    Submissions

    August 2019

    Inquiry into sustainable employment for disadvantaged jobseekers

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    Submissions

    August 2018

    Future employment services discussion paper

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    Submissions

    December 2015

    Willing to work: National inquiry into employment discrimination against older Australians and Australians with disability

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    Post school transition: The experiences of students with disability

    Research & reports

    November 2015

    Post school transition: The experiences of students with disability

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