IGPA Disability Policy Advisory Group
Confronting the realities of disability policy in Australia
The Institute for Governance and Policy Analysis (IGPA) Disability Policy Advisory Group was formed at January 2014 to confront the realities of disability policy in Australia.
We bring together leading disability policy researchers, advocates and practitioners to discuss what critical issues, if any, require attention and in turn to consider, the extent to which (if at all), IGPA might contribute to progressing such an agenda.
A snapshot of our research projects can be found below:
Diversity, Participation and People with Disability
A new report examining diversity and participation of Australians with disability of working age was released in October, 2014.
The report highlights issues related to home and family; education and training; socio-economic well-being; participation in paid work; participation in social, community and civic activities; and transport.
Author of the report Deputy Director of the Institute for Governance and Policy Analysis Professor Laurie Brown produced the report as the first of a series of publications to mark the beginning of IGPA's new research and engagement theme of disability policy reform.
Key findings include:
- One in seven Australians of working age has a disability with over 555,000 individuals aged 15-64 years having profound or severe limitations in core activities of daily living.
- People with profound and severe disability tend to have multiple impairments, and assistance is needed or difficulty is experienced in multiple areas of activity;
- Mental illness, restriction in physical activities, intellectual disability and chronic and/or recurring pain are the four most prevalent types of disability associated with profound or severe limitations in core activities.
To download a copy of the report, please click here.
For more information about the research findings, please email Laurie.Brown.
A Fairer Hearing: Enhancing the Social Inclusion of People with Hearing Loss
Researchers and Fellows of the Institute for Governance and Policy Analysis were proud to launch the report, A Fairer Hearing: Enhancing the Social Inclusion of People with Hearing Loss in August 2014.
The report, prepared by Professor Anthony Hogan, Ms Rebecca Phillips, Ms Michele Barry MBA and Ms Sara Duncan, provides a summary of quality research demonstrating that hearing loss does indeed have a substantial social, economic and health impact which warrants policy attention.
With nearly 1 in 6 Australians being affected by hearing loss, this paper seeks to determine the changes required to understand how Australia seeks to enable people with hearing loss so they’re able to take their rightful place in our society.
This publication also considers the implications for supporting the Australian Government’s policy goals of providing equality of opportunity for all Australians to enjoy the highest possible standards of living, health, education and social justice. The research calls the Government to give deafness a fairer hearing to achieve these goals.
To download a copy of the report, please click here.
To find out more about this research, please email Professor Anthony Hogan.
To tell or not to tell: Reasons for disability disclosure in the Australian Public Service
A PhD study is being undertaken which will study reasons for disclosure of disability in the Australian Public Service.
Using the State of the Service Employee Census, conducted of every federal Australian public servant, the research aims to gain a clearer picture of the working life of people with a disability.
The PhD aims to publish four papers;
- A descriptive paper stating the current state of affairs for people with a disability in the Australian Public Service
- A paper on bullying of people with a disability
- A qualitative paper about why people have chosen not to disclose their disability and
- A paper on the engagement of people with a disability at work.
To find out more about this research, please email Ms Trish Gray
Critical Issues in Disability Policy Research Joint Roundtable
11th March, 2015
In opening a national roundtable on Critical Issues in Disability Policy Research, the Honourable Susan Ryan, Commissioner For Disability & Ageing, publicly expressed her thanks to the University of Canberra (UC), and to Professor Mark Evans in particular, for the University's leadership and support for this event. Speaking on this issue the Commissioner said she was 'very heartened by the University of Canberra's interest in this topic and for making available their expertise to assist the Commission in its work'. The photo (top right) shows the Commissioner opening the first of two roundtables table, this meeting being with policy makers and key stakeholders. Also in the photo from UC is Paul Porteous (IGPA - facilitator) and Emeritus Professor Meredith Edwards.
The photo (left) shows Paul Porteous facilitating the national disability policy research roundtable at the Australian Human Rights Commission, which was co-hosted by IGPA. The session depicted involved an interface between academic researchers, policy makers and representatives of stakeholder groups. Also in the photo from IGPA are Professor Laurie Brown (middle left of screen) and Emeritus Professor Meredith Edwards (bottom right)
The Hon Susan Ryan AO (Age and Disability Discrimination Commissioner, Australian Human Rights Commission) and Professor Mark Evans (Director, Institute for Governance and Policy Analysis, University of Canberra) have agreed to co-convene a one-day national workshop involving key researchers and disability advocates in Australia.The event will be held at the Australian Human Rights Commission office on Wednesday, 11th of March from 10.00am to 4.00pm.
The purpose of this round table is to identify the key disability social policy research issues that need to be addressed over the coming decade. In stating this we envisage focusing on the longer term agenda of securing a paradigm shift in disability services. Despite the many benefits of the NDIS, we want to focus on policy research beyond the NDIS with a view to truly enhancing the social position of people with disability in Australia. Within this context the round table represents an important next step in:
- Mapping out what research is and is not being done with regards to setting out future policy priorities for disability policy in Australia.
- Mapping out the future priorities for disability research in Australia.
- Communicating to government and key research funding entities the need for funds to cover these kinds of research.
- Acknowledging the important role that research plays in work that is undertaken by the Commission and the disability sector more broadly.
SUBMISSION OF EOIs: EOIs for this roundtable have now closed. There's still the chance to have your say in developing a national disability research policy strategy. Please email Anthony Hogan and let him know what you think are the 3 big issues to be addressed by a national disability research policy strategy and why. Please keep your response to a half page - so focus can be on the really big issues.
OUTCOME: This roundtable will determine our next steps in our research and engagement program in examining critical issues in disability policy.