Psychosocial Disability and Employment

Project Details

The focus of this study is the life circumstances of job seekers with psychosocial disability and their engagement with Disability Employment Services.

Australians with disabilities are less likely to have access to employment compared to people without disabilities (53% vs 83%). Persons with psychosocial disability have the lowest labour force participation rates (29%) and the highest unemployment rate (19%).

This study aims to explore whether and how the life circumstances of job seekers with psychosocial disability are influenced by their engagement with government funded Disability Employment Services (DES) providers. This study is taking place in the context of the DES sector reforms introduced in 2018.


Ms Alex Devine, University of Melbourne
Professor Anne Kavanagh, University of Melbourne
Dr Cathy Vaughan, University of Melbourne


Ostara Australia


PhD Scholarship through the Improving Disability Employment Study

Research Group

Disability and Health Unit

School Research Themes

Data science, health metrics and disease modeling, Disparities, disadvantage and effective health care

Key Contact

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Department / Centre

Centre for Health Equity

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