Pilot: Small Business Enterprise models of employment for disabled people

External PersonnelStian Thoresen, Errol Cocks, David Gilchrist
Project FundingBankwest Curtin Economics Centre
Project StatusComplete

Project Summary

While people with disabilities are a diverse group, challenges of social and economic disadvantage are consistently encountered and often linked to poor employment opportunities and outcomes.  The project will explore small business enterprise (SBE) models of employment for people with disability and high support needs to identify the defining characteristics of SBE and good examples of enterprises. SBE refers to a range of employment options that are: a) highly individualised; b) may include ownership or control by the person with disability; and c) generates income for the person.
The study consists of three components: a) a systematic literature review of the international empirical literature; b) four case studies of existing SBE arrangements based on observations and interviews; and c) development of a descriptive SBE framework in collaboration with key stakeholders who have led the development of SBE for people with disabilities and high support needs in Western Australia. Preliminary findings were presented at the 3rd Ratchasuda International Disability Conference in Bangkok in April 2016 and future outputs include a BCEC research report and journal article.

Project Outputs

Small Business Enterprise Models of Employment Errol Cocks, Stian Thoresen, Robert Jackson, Allyson Thomson Adults with disabilities are substantially disadvantaged, economically and socially. Ample national and international comparative data indicate low labour force participation rates (just over 50%) and double the unemployment rates for persons without disabilities. This report examines an emerging small business employment model that... Read article 15 February 2018Feature Read More