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Willing to Work – About the Inquiry

Disability Disability Rights
Wednesday 24 June, 2015

About the Inquiry

The National Inquiry examines practices, attitudes and Commonwealth laws that deny or diminish equal participation in employment of older Australians and Australians with disability; and makes recommendations as to Commonwealth laws that should be amended, or action that should be taken to address employment discrimination against older Australians and Australians with disability.

The Inquiry aims to consult as widely as possible with older Australians, Australians with disability and their carers and families, business, employer and employee organisations, advocacy groups and stakeholders in order to hear their views, experiences and suggestions for change.

The Inquiry will seek a wide range of views through a call for submissions and a series of consultations and roundtables to be held across Australia.

The Inquiry will base its findings and recommendations on extensive quantitative and qualitative research that it gathers through the process, as well as on academic and social policy research.

The Inquiry will report on its findings and recommendations by July 2016.


The National Inquiry will be conducted in two separate but related streams, in recognition of the differing needs, perspectives and experiences of older Australians and Australians with disability. The Commission aims to consult as widely as possible with employers, organisations, policy experts and individuals affected by employment discrimination on the grounds of disability and/or age.

The Commission has appointed three reference panels to provide counsel on the Inquiry approach and methodology, consultation mechanisms, research analysis, and findings and recommendations. The reference panels are organised around three stakeholder streams: business and employers; disability advocacy and peak groups, and policy experts; and age advocacy and peak groups, and policy experts.

The National Inquiry will involve research including a review of existing literature, reports and other inquiries; face-to-face consultations with relevant stakeholders; and a submissions process.

The National Inquiry will base its report and recommendations on the findings from the submissions, consultations and relevant research.