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Government reaffirms commitment to assist job seekers with disability find a job

Ministers:

The Hon Luke Hartsuyker MP
Assistant Minister for Employment

Assistant Minister for Employment Luke Hartsuyker today reaffirmed the Government’s commitment to helping people with disability into sustainable employment.

On the 21st anniversary of International Day of People with Disability, Mr Hartsuyker encouraged all Australians to promote an understanding of people with disability and encourage support for their dignity, rights and well being.

"The Coalition Government values the contribution people with disability make to Australian society and believes that people with disability want to work and should be supported in their efforts to get and maintain a job,” Mr Hartsuyker said.

"The Government’s Job Services Australia network currently services almost 205,000 job seekers with disability, helping them find sustainable employment.

"The Coalition Government is committed to providing assistance to people with disability who are seeking employment.

"We believe anyone who can work should be working. That is why our election commitments, which provide incentive payments to job seekers, are so important.”

Mr Hartsuyker said the redesign of Job Services Australia in 2015 will ensure providers were responsive to people with disability.

"Meeting the needs of people with disability can be challenging, given the different individual circumstances of job seekers and labour market diversity across Australia," he said.

"International Day of People with Disability is an ideal opportunity for all of us to ensure Australians with disability have access to opportunities to fully participate in social and economic life.”