The Stories Behind the Numbers

We know that meaningful, stable and high-quality employment has a positive impact on health and wellbeing and can increase participation in the community. Our research, though, has found that people with disabilities are more likely to be unemployed, not in the labour force and underemployed than people without disabilities. We have published our research findings in high-impact academic journals and traditional media. However, these have limited reach and the data can be difficult to understand. With this project, we aim to communicate these inequities in a direct, engaging and accessible documentaries. They will feature people of different ages and impairment types describing their experience of looking for work, securing a job and issues they face in the workplace. The videos will be embedded online alongside our results to bring our findings to life and to illustrate their lived experience.

Telling the stories behind the data and personalising the statistics will make the findings more coherent and relatable.

We are looking for people with disability to be part of our project. We want to hear about your experiences of looking for work, finding work, or what it’s like for you at work. If you would like to tell a story about your experience, read more about how to apply here:

If you have any queries, please call us on 8344 0717 or email us on


Research Team

Ms Vas Kasidis, University of Melbourne
Ms Zoe Aitken, University of Melbourne
Dr George Disney, University of Melbourne
Ms Mellissa Kavenagh, University of Melbourne
Associate Professor Allison Milner, University of Melbourne 
Professor Anne Kavanagh, University of Melbourne

University of Melbourne 2019