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Better support for job seekers with disability

Ministers:

The Hon Kate Ellis MP
Minister for Employment Participation
Minister for Early Childhood and Child Care

Job seekers with disability in South Australia will now receive additional support and assistance to find a job with a new employment office up and running.

Minister for Employment Participation Kate Ellis today officially opened the new Community Bridging Services (CBS) office in Warradale, one of the first of more than 500 new Disability Employment Service sites to be rolled out across the country.

Ms Ellis said the Australian Government was investing $3.2 billion over four years in significantly improving employment services for people with disability.

“One of the best things we can do to enrich the lives of people with disability is to help them find and keep work,” Ms Ellis said.

“For each and every one of us, breaking into the labour market is crucial to our sense of self-worth, satisfaction and independence.

“This is no different for people with disability – getting the right job can truly be life-changing. People with disability have a right to economic participation.

“That’s why the Gillard Government has set about reforming the disability employment system and supporting it with record investment so people with disability have the best possible shot at finding the right job.”

Ms Ellis said one of the largest reforms the government undertook was to remove caps and quotas from the disability employment system which unlocked the capacity to help more jobseekers and boost the economy.

“As a result of a major tender, job seekers with disability will benefit from a 50 per cent increase in the number of service sites across the country, bringing the total number of sites to more than 1 650,” she said.

“In addition, new specialist providers and an increased number of mental health specialists will more closely meet the needs of the community.

“The benefits that will flow from these new initiatives will build on the strong record of outcomes we’ve seen since establishing a new Disability Employment Service.

“Since Labor uncapped services for people with disability, there has been a 46 per cent increase in the number of people receiving employment support services and a 100 per cent increase in the number of job placements.

“Today is also a notable milestone - Labor’s reforms have seen more than 150,000 Australians with disability helped into a job.”

Ms Ellis said organisations such as CBS will provide high-quality services from all of its sites, including the new Warradale office.

“Through these changes, more job seekers have access to the best performing providers – providers like CBS in Warradale,” she said.

Improving Disability Employment Services is part of the Government’s commitment to disability reform and builds on the National Disability Insurance Scheme – Disability Care