Y-IDES: Youth, Disability and Employment


Intervening early to enable young Australians with disabilities to transition into meaningful, sustainable work is likely to have enormous payoffs for their health and wellbeing, as well as reduce economic costs to society. To date, research about employment among young people with disabilities has focussed on the social and economic benefits of programs or policies and has ignored the health benefits. We will produce new evidence about the individual, service-related, workplace and contextual factors that contribute to successful employment and health outcomes for young people with a disability and will identify when and where it might be most cost-effective to intervene.

Research Team

The Y-IDES project is a collaboration between the University of Melbourne, Deakin University and Monash University.

Dr Allison Milner, University of Melbourne
Professor Anne Kavanagh, University of Melbourne
A/Professor Dennis Petrie, Monash University
Professor Tony LaMontagne, Deakin University
Dr Cathy Vaughan, University of Melbourne
Professor Shelley Mallett, University of Melbourne

Partner organisations include: The Brotherhood of St Laurence, National Disability Services, VicHealth and Disability Employment Australia

National Health and Medical Research Council Partnership Project, 2018-2021

Program Details


Professor Anne Kavanagh


The program of work on Disability and Disadvantage is funded through grants and research contracts provided by a variety of sources, including the Australian Research Council, National Health and Medical Research Council, Victorian State Government Health department and internal University funding.


Disability, social mobility and the well-being of people with disabilities

Discrimination and bullying against people with disabilities

Improving Disability Employment Outcomes (IDES)

Vision Impairment and Employment