Disability and Employment in the Australian Labour Market

R Wilkins, Kostas Mayromaras, Umut OGUZOGLU, David BLACK

Melbourne Institute of Applied Economic and Social Research | Published : 2007


This research endeavoured to examine two policy questions. The first is whether workers’ compensation schemes are currently carrying the full economic burden of work-related conditions. The second is to examine the socio-economic conditions of people with disabilities and the disincentives they face in the Australian labour market. An important distinction regarding work-related disabilities is between those disabilities “caused by” work and those which “impact on” work. The disabled population is analysed as a whole, and in closer detail with the examination of some specific sub-groups.