About Ticket to Work

Ticket to Work purpose is to improve employment opportunities and outcomes for young people with disability. The initiative grew out of research that showed participation in work and career experience during secondary school, delivered via a collaborative approach are key indicators of employment success for young people with disability.

Work is a fundamental part of adult life. It gives us a sense of purpose and a feeling of worth, shaping who we are and how we fit into our community. Because work is so essential, students with disability must not be deprived the opportunity to explore employment pathways to adulthood.

Our role is to enable and advocate for the improvement of employment opportunities for young people with disability.

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We support community based organisations, schools, families and young people to implement evidence-based practice. We do this by providing mentoring, technical support, the tools and resources based on the best available research. Through this work and our research, we build our knowledge with the aim of creating systems change: improving practice in communities and influencing and informing the policy debate, so all young people with disability and employers can benefit.

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Ticket to Work’s role


Enable collaboration, learning, and evidence informed practice


Create a positive policy and commissioning environment


Conduct research and evaluation for systemic change

Ticket to Work collaborative approach

The Ticket to Work networks:

  • Brings together disability-specific and mainstream representatives from a variety of sectors to work strategically and collaboratively;
  • Supports young people to gain access to early experiences that positively influence their views of themselves as workers;
  • Prepares young people with disability for the workplace and gives them an employment pathway that is typical of other young adults; and
  • Meets the needs of employers, with enhanced staff retention and profitability for employers

Ticket to Work Approach

Our approach focuses on building capacity, sector collaboration and student support

Graphic wheel chart visualising the ticket to work approach

It is crucial that young people with a disability receive the support required to participate in the workforce as early as possible to drive effective long-term employment outcomes and maximise the benefits of improved standards of living and social inclusion that come with employment.

Deloitte Access Economics

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