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Australia is currently facing a labour force shortage. As part of a variety of initiatives to help ensure the maximum workforce, people with disability (who have a lower labour force participation rate compared to the general rate) are being encouraged to join the workforce.
The expected increase in workforce participation of people with disability and the employer concern about increased risk of occupational injury for this group of people meant that the extent to which they are at increased risk of occupational injury needed to be reviewed.
This project found, contrary to the common perception of increased OHS risk for people with disability, that a national study of employers in Australia found that workers with disability have a lower number of OHS incidents compared to an average employee.
In addition, the study also found that workers compensation costs and OHS costs for employees with disability are much lower compared to the average employee.