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[Taken from Executive Summary] People with disability represent a significant proportion of Australia's working age population (16.6%), yet they participate in the workforce at lower rates, they are less likely to be employed when they do attempt to participate, and they will earn less if they do get a job. This has been the case for a long time and the problem is not just ongoing, it seems to be getting worse. The National Inquiry into Employment and Disability (the Inquiry) was launched on 4 March 2005 to address this important issue. The Inquiry's interim report - WORKability I: Barriers - makes it abundantly clear that people with disability face higher barriers to participation and employment than many other groups in Australian society. This final report - WORKability II: Solutions - focuses on how to address these barriers and ensure equality of opportunity for people with disability in the open workplace.