Getting on with the job: The future of work for people with a disability

Join the free webinar on improving access to employment for people with disability.

Getting and keeping paid work is important to the health, wellbeing, and quality of life of most people. The negative effects of long-term underemployment and unemployment are well documented. We’ve seen policy initiatives over the years fail to reduce high levels of underemployment and unemployment experienced by people with disability, despite their willingness to work.

Join us for this free webinar during National Social Sciences Week looking at how we can make meaningful progress towards improving access to secure and sustainable employment for people with disability.

Hear from the panel members as they discuss the diversity of expertise needed to move forward. They’ll also look at the different types of policy interventions needed to effect change – from the level of policy design, through to practice – to achieve a better future of work for people with disability.

This event is being held as part of National Social Sciences week and is a collaboration between the University of Melbourne, Scope, and the Brotherhood of St Laurence.

Event information

Date: Tuesday 8 September 2020
Time: 12:30pm to 1:30pm
Enquiries: Julie Anderson, Scope-University of Melbourne Partnership Coordinator

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  • Professor Shelley Mallett, Professorial Fellow in Social Policy, School of Social and Political Sciences will draw from the Brotherhood of St Laurence’s (BSL) Policy and Research Centre’s deep understanding of the supports and conditions at policy, system and service levels that enable people with disability to transition to employment.
  • Dr Jennifer Fitzgerald, CEO, Scope will address the issue of turning good public policy into practice, asking ‘what does it take for a person with a disability to get a job?’.
  • Professor Keith McVilly, Professorial Fellow in Disability and Inclusion, School of Social and Political Sciences will discuss his work on a project identifying barriers and enablers to the successful and sustainable employment of people with intellectual disability in the Victorian public sector.


  • Assoc. Professor Irma Mooi-Reci, Head of the Discipline of Sociology, Social Policy and Social Theory, School of Social and Political Sciences