Australia – Indonesia Disability Research and Advocacy Network (AIDRAN)

Members of AIDRAN support disability research processes and outcomes that are dynamic and engage with emerging local issues and concerns. AIDRAN’s aim is to expand the breadth of existing research to provide opportunities for inclusion and participation in the design, implementation and outcomes of Indonesian social policy.

AIDRAN’s members learn from each other’s experience as researchers, practitioners and policymakers, exchange ideas to inform innovation and inclusion and, share outcomes across Indonesia and Australia in an environment that actively supports and promotes knowledge transfer between Australia and Indonesia.

AIDRAN’s members work is conducted in partnership with Indonesian Disabled People’s Organisations (DPOs), non-government organisations (NGOs) and Indonesian government agencies. Australian members work in collaborative partnership with Indonesian AIDRAN members, sharing capabilities, knowledge and skills to further the aims of disability rights, social inclusion and economic participation.

Indonesia Development Forum 2019

AIDRAN presented a panel on the third Indonesia Development Forum (IDF) in Jakarta, on 22-23 July 2019.

IDF is organised by the Indonesian Ministry of National Development Planning (BAPPENAS) with support from the Australian Government through the Knowledge Sector Initiative (KSI). AIDRAN’s panel was entitled: “Workplace Inclusion in Australia and Indonesia: From Principles to Practice”.

AFDO supported ADRAN to organise the panel. The panel included two Australians – Ms Tricia Malowney AOM and Professor Patrick Keyzer, Head of the Law School and Chair of Public Policy Research at La Trobe University. Two Indonesian speakers – Dr Arina Hayati, Senior lecturer from the Institute for Technology Surabaya and Ms Arina from an organisation that works to promote inclusion for people with disabilities in Indonesia.

The panel discussed the experience and progress of inclusion in Australia and Indonesia by exploring how expanding employment opportunities for people with disabilities will lead independent and productive lives.

People with disabilities are entitled to experience the same kinds of participation in society as their fellow citizens.  Exclusion from the workforce not only discriminates directly against individuals, it also serves to ensure that people with disabilities are confined to the private domain where they remain unseen and unheard.  Full participation in a wide range of occupations not only engages talent and skill but empowers people with disabilities in public life more generally.  It also needs to be recognised that without meaningful access to appropriate forms of higher education, people with disabilities will not be prepared for entry into the workforce.

Having ratified UNCRPD, Australia and Indonesia are making progress in creating employment opportunities for people with disabilities starting with national law and policy.  A range of legislation in Australia in disability support and services, anti-discrimination and workplace rights serves to provide a starting point for the delivery of opportunities for those who are able to participate.

Major reform in Indonesia only commenced following ratification of the UNCRPD and the adoption of the 2016 national disability law.  This law requires the public and private sectors to meet benchmarks for provision of employment opportunities for people with disabilities. The law requires public institutions to employ those with disabilities to a minimum of 2% of their workforce and 1% for private sector. The law also requires employers to guarantee accessibility and to make reasonable adjustment to permit participation by people with disabilities. However, the movement from law to implementation remains challenging. Success will serve to demonstrate the importance of achieving real change, but it is important to explain how to identify and remove specific barriers in order to make the first steps in this process.

You can learn more about AIDRAN on their website.