Journal article

Transitioning Australian Disability Enterprises to open employment community hubs using the Australian legislative framework

Peter Smith, Peter Rhodes, Lauren Pavlidis, June Alexander, Keith R McVilly

JOURNAL OF VOCATIONAL REHABILITATION | IOS PRESS | Published : 2019

Abstract

The transition of sheltered workshops or Australian Disability Enterprises (ADE) as they are known in Australia, to open employment settings unlike the USA lacks the legislative driver to encourage providers to move towards the promotion of integrated employment in the community. As a result, we have witnessed a move to rebadge ADE's as social enterprises in order to change public perceptions, without changes in wage outcomes or pathways to real work in the community. ADE's in Australia present as something of a challenge for government in trying to balance the competing provider agenda, against its obligations to people with a disability underpinned by the Disability Services Act (1986), th..

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