Community employment partnerships

This project investigated how a successful model for promoting employment for people with disabilities, originally developed in Canada by Inclusion Alberta, could be adapted for implementation in Australia.

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Overview

This project investigated how a successful model for promoting employment for people with disabilities, originally developed in Canada by Inclusion Alberta, could be adapted for implementation in Australia in the context of the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS).  The project was conducted in partnership with Belonging Matters, and was funded by the National Disability Insurance Agency (NDIA).

The Community Employment Partnerships project involved building a collaboration with Rotary, to enhance existing social capital in the local business community.  The project brought together in conversation Rotarians in Victoria with their colleagues in Canada to explore how local businesses might benefit from focused employment strategies that fostered a match between the needs of local business and skills of people with disability in their local community.

Outcomes

The project report provides a blueprint for how such an initiative might be up-scaled for implementation across Rotary and similar community service organisations with links to the local business community.

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Project details

Sponsors

National Disability Insurance Agency - Information, Linkages and Capacity Building (ILC) Grants Program

Research partners

Belonging Matters Inc.

Project team

Dr Carmel Laregy

Prof Keith McVilly

Contact

Prof Keith McVilly