Open employment is when people with and without disability work together in regular jobs.
It’s the regular job market, where people apply for jobs or set up their own businesses to earn an income and pay for the things they need.
Open employment is open to all people, including people with intellectual disability. This means that people with and without intellectual disability work together in the same workplaces.
Research shows that people with intellectual disability are less likely to get into employment when they leave school. They are also more likely to leave employment in their 30’s.
Access to open employment is a human right. There are laws in Australia that mean that employers are not allowed to treat people with intellectual disability differently to other workers. This includes how much money you earn. All workers in open employment should earn at least the minimum wage for the work they do.
The government provides supports for people with intellectual disability to learn work skills and find and keep a job.
This website explains how you and your family can access supports that are right for you.Open employment is when people with and without disability work together in regular jobs.