ACT Legislative Assembly

Inquiry into the Employment of people with disabilities

The Committee is holding two public hearings. The first on 23 May, and the second on 30 May. The Committee will hear from a range of groups who made written submissions to the Inquiry. View schedule of appearances (PDF,106KB).

For further information about the inquiry please contact the Committee Secretary, Kate Harkins on (02) 6207 0524 or at

The Committee notes that the:

(a) employment rate of people with disability in the ACT Public Service is 2.2 percent as at June 2016;

(b) Australian Human Rights Commission report, Willing to Work: National Inquiry into Employment Discrimination Against Older Australians and Australians with Disability found the ACT to be the only jurisdiction with an increase in the employment of people with disability over the 2013-15 period; and

(c) ACT Government’s new Office for Disability and Disability Reference Group has been established to provide strategic policy advice on disability issues.

As such, the Committee undertakes to inquire into and report on the employment of people with disabilities, with particular reference to:

  • the implementation of the ACT Public Service Disability Employment Strategy;
  • the effectiveness of current attraction and retention programs in the ACT Public Service;
  • the effectiveness of current attraction and retention programs for ACT based private enterprise and community organisations;
  • data collection, monitoring and reporting mechanisms;
  • relevant experiences and learnings from Australian State, Commonwealth and international jurisdictions;
  • the applicability to the ACT Public Service, of recommendations and findings from the report Employing people with disability in the APS published by the University of Canberra;
  • gender related matters that intersect with the employment of people with disabilities;
  • any other relevant matter.

The Committee will report back to the Legislative Assembly before the last sitting day of 2017.

Terms of reference PDF (66.7 KB)

The Committee is currently receiving public submissions. You can make a submission before 26 April 2017. Submissions can be sent to

Please note that submissions will be made publically available, unless otherwise indicated. For any other information, please contact the Committee Secretary.

Submission 01 Rohan Goyne PDF (68.1 KB)
Submission 02 Penny Leemhuis PDF (94.8 KB)
Submission 03 ACT Government PDF (795.7 KB)
Submission 04 Lauren Brand PDF (263.1 KB)
Submission 05 JACS PDF (122.8 KB)
Submission 05a JACS Attachment A PDF (1.4 MB)
Submission 05b JACS Attachment B PDF (476.1 KB)
Submission 06 Enabled Employment PDF (1.0 MB)
Submission 07 Justin Le Couteur PDF (128.9 KB)
Submission 07a Justin Le Couteur - Addendum PDF (74.0 KB)
Submission 08 Canberra Community Law PDF (361.7 KB)
Submission 09 Volunteering and Contact ACT PDF (292.5 KB)
Submission 10 Speaking Out for Autism Spectrum Disorders (SOfASD) PDF (302.8 KB)
Submission 11 ACT Disability, Aged and Carer Advocacy Service (ADACAS) PDF (723.4 KB)
Submission 12 Kerry Snell PDF (46.7 KB)
Submission 13 RSI and Overuse Injury Association of the ACT PDF (97.8 KB)
Submission 14 Australian Network on Disability PDF (130.5 KB)
Submission 15 People with Disabilitie PDF (568.4 KB)
Submission 16 ACT Mental Health Consumer Network PDF (474.9 KB)
Submission 17 ACTCOSS PDF (541.1 KB)
Submission 18 National Disability Services PDF (477.3 KB)

View Committee transcripts.

Exhibit - Access and Inclusion Index Benchmark Report 2016 (PDF, 1760KB)

Public hearings schedule - 23 and 30 May 2017 PDF (106.2 KB) Word (214.5 KB)
Answer to QToN - ACT Mental Health Consumer Network PDF (466.9 KB)
Answer to QToN - ADACAS PDF (42.2 KB)
Exhibit - Access and Inclusion Index Benchmark Report 2016 PDF (1.7 MB) Word (292.0 KB)
Media release - Call for Public Submissions - Inquiry into the Employment of people with disabilities PDF (119.3 KB) Word (206.5 KB)


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