The Productivity Commission Inquiry Report - Disability Care and Support 2011 - argued that supporting youth with disability to move from school to a job in the open labour market can provide substantial savings from more expensive day support and supported employment programs over a lifetime.
International and Australian research shows that open employment for individuals with intellectual disability results in greater benefits to taxpayers and individuals compared to alternative programs (i.e. day programs and supported employment). This is due to the higher wage outcomes achieved by open employment and less expensive ongoing support.
Skilled transition-to-work and open employment services that move people through to jobs in open employment are an important means of improving employment outcomes and minimising Commonwealth expenditure.