How social enterprises are building a more inclusive Australian economy

Lentil As Anything, a social enterprise in Melbourne. Shutterstock Erin I. Castellas, Swinburne University of Technology and Jo Barraket, Swinburne University of Technology Social enterprises employ twice the rates of Australians with disability and female managers as mainstream small businesses. Our study of Victorian social enterprises also found 12% of jobs are held by previously

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Individual support plans can ensure better working life for people with disabilities

shutterstock.   Maria Berghs, De Montfort University and Simon Dyson, De Montfort University In the United Kingdom, over 11 million people are living with a life-limiting condition, impairment or chronic illness. All of them are more likely than others to live in poverty, and face difficulties accessing education, employment and services. In particular, disabled people

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More carers’ leave may help Australians look after elderly parents and stay in work

Too many informal carers have to choose between giving their older mum or dad the care they need and dropping out of the workforce. Shutterstock Melanie Zeppel, Macquarie University; Lukas Hofstätter, Macquarie University; Petra Graham, Macquarie University, and Sze Ming Loh, University of Sydney Carers’ advocates are urging a rethink of the way we support

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Security of employment still remains key for many.

Notwithstanding the changing nature of the workplace and workforce, secure employment remains a key focus for many.  Whilst organisations need to embrace the change in workplace and workforce structures, organisations can still do so in a manner that recognises the value of employment and training for every individual.   Organisations should at all times avoid constructing

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