The paper "Policy and Procedure Document for Disability Relief at Workplaces" is an excellent example of a case study on politics. The word disability, simply put means a physical condition that limits the major life activities of any person. About 16% of Australians within working age have disabilities. However, only a small percentage of them are actually working to survive at any given time. Furthermore, only 6 percent of the total number of people receiving Disability Support Pension participated in an employment related program. According to ACOSS (2005), a major reason for the low employment rates of people with disability in Australia is that these people are less likely to receive any kind of help to procure a job, rehabilitation or training.
The Australian government spends very less, that is only two-thirds of the OECD average expenditure on these services provided to disabled persons. This kind of under representation of disabled persons in the labor market is bound to lead to social exclusion. The main purpose of this paper is to establish the policies and procedures for disability relief at the workplace to enable disabled people to gain employment and to give them a chance at becoming self-sufficient despite their disabilities. Disability policies face two important but contradictory goals.
The first goal is to ensure that disabled people or citizens are not excluded from society as a whole. It is to ensure that they are encouraged to participate fully in economic and social life and specifically to make sure that they get a chance to engage in gainful employment so that they are not underrepresented and excluded from the labour market.
The second goal is to ensure that disabled citizens have strong income security, to ensure that they are not denied the means to earn a decent living and become self sustained because of the disabilities that may restrict their potential to earn (OECD, 2003). The policies and procedures given in this document will aim to achieve the above two goals. Scope of the Policy The scope of this policy extends towards all employment units small, medium or large. Corporate organizations, factories and other companies engaging disabled people. The scope extends towards both private, public and government organizations. Enforcement Authority The primary enforcement authority is the Occupation Health and Safety Department, Australia.
The secondary authority includes the head of this department and the supervisors under him. They will bring into their purview all organizations that have been registered and will call in on the organizations from time to time to ensure that the regulations are being followed. They will maintain records and prepare reports to ensure the successful implementation of the policies and accurate tracking. Definition (s) Disability – In general terms disability is a condition that in some way hampers or hinders a person’ s ability to carry out day-to-day activities.
The extent to which such a condition hinders a person’ s activities varies from individual to individual and the range of disabilities varies from mild to severe conditions. Apart from this however many definitions of disability has been provided by many noted organizations and bodies.