Papers, Articles, Reports & Submissions 2006 – 2010


Women With Disabilities Australia: Submission to the Parliamentary Inquiry into pay equity and associated issues related to increasing female participation in the workforce (August 2008) [HTML]  [PDF]  [Word]

On Thursday 26 June 2008 the Acting Minister for Employment and Workplace Relations, The Hon Brendan O’Connor MP, asked the House of Representatives Standing Committee on Employment and Workplace Relations to inquire into and report on pay equity and associated issues related to increasing female participation in the workforce. WWDA’s Submission to this Inquiry looks at the intersection of gender, disability and employment and highlights the obvious marginalization and exclusion of women with disabilities in the Australian labour market – a situation that has remained unchanged in Australia for over a decade. Written by Carolyn Frohmader for Women With Disabilities Australia (WWDA). Copyright WWDA August 2008.


Impact: Feature Issue on Employment and Women With Disabilities. Volume 21, No.1. – By W.Parent, S.Foley, F.Balcazar, C.Ely, C.Bremer, & V.Gaylord (Eds.) Minneapolis: University of Minnesota, Institute on Community Integration (December 2008) [Word] [PDF]

Fewer women with disabilities participate in the workforce than men with disabilities or women without disabilities. All the reasons for this difference are not entirely clear. One of the things we do know is that the expectations that people have of women with disabilities play a role in their participation in the workforce. Because having meaningful, valued work is such an important part of life, the editors hope through this Feature Issue of Impact, to encourage readers to hold an expansive vision of what’s possible for women with disabilities in the employment arena, and to offer strategies, resources, and inspiration to realize that vision. Copyright 2008.


‘Changing the Mindset: Experiences of women from a non-English speaking background with disability in business services’ – by Fay Hickson and Lel D’aegher (2008)  [Cover Page PDF]  [Report PDF]

This project examined the experiences of women from a non-English speaking background employed by Business Services in NSW. Staff, management and women employees from a NESB were asked questions about women’s participation in the decision-making processes within the organisation. They were also asked to outline training opportunities for staff and women employees and identify any issues impacting upon their service that related to the area of cultural diversity. From an analysis of the data, training recommendations were developed and then used as a basis for the development and piloting of a model of training for staff, management and employees. Copyright 2008.


From Coursework to the Workforce: Education Challenges for educators & women with disabilities – By Sue Salthouse (2008) [HTML] [Word] [PDF]

Whilst women with disabilities continue to be impacted by both gender and disability discrimination in most areas of their lives, in the education sector different dynamics seem to be at play. In education, their achievements are comparable to those of their male counterparts. However, their post year 10 participation in education is abysmal compared to that of both male and female non-disabled students. This paper was presented on behalf of WWDA by Sue Salthouse (WWDA Vice President) at the Security4Women Education & Training Working Groups Invitational Symposium, held in May 2008. Copyright WWDA 2008.


Women With Disabilities Australia: ‘The Constant Bridesmaid: Will Work Choices and Welfare to Work changes help to get more women with disabilities into the workforce?’ – By Sue Salthouse (July 2006)

A Paper presented on behalf of WWDA to the National Conference on Women and Industrial Relations ‘Our Work…Our Lives’. Queensland Working Women’s Service and Griffith Business School, Griffith University, Brisbane 12-14 July 2006. Copyright WWDA 2006.


‘The Costs of Disability and the Incidence of Poverty’ – By Peter Saunders (2006) [PDF]

This paper reviews evidence linking the presence of disability to the risk of poverty and the actual hardship using data from the 1998-99 Household Expenditure Survey (HES), and shows that where there is someone in the household with a disability, poverty rates are higher and hardship is more prevalent. It then uses the HES data to estimate the costs of disability. The size of the impact of disability on the risk of poverty and actual hardship suggests that action is required to ensure that people with a disability no longer have to confront a greatly increased risk of poverty in addition to many other challenges. Copyright 2006.