Almost one in two people with a disability in Australia lives in or near a state of poverty. Photo: Gabriele Charotte
AUSTRALIANS living with a disability have the worst quality of life in the developed world and their employment opportunities have hit rock bottom, according to a report issued today by PricewaterhouseCoopers.
Currently almost one in two people with a disability in Australia lives in or near a state of poverty while globally, Australia is at the bottom of the heap, ranked last out of 27 OECD countries, with those with a disability 2.7 times more at risk of poverty while the nation fares little better in rankings for employment opportunities, listed 21st out of 29 OECD countries in that category.
The report, Disability expectations – Investing in a better life, a stronger Australia, showed that there was a current employment rate of 39.8 per cent for people with disabilities compared with 79.4 per cent for people living without a disability….
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