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A fair go for Tassie job seekers with disability

Ministers:

Senator the Hon Jacinta Collins
Parliamentary Secretary for School Education and Workplace Relations

Job seekers with disability in Tasmania now have better access to services to help them find work thanks to increased investment by the Gillard Government.

Senator Collins said the number of disability employment services sites has increased by more than 60 per cent in Tasmania—from 34 to 56.

"Prior to our reforms there were 13 permanent and 21 outreach locations across Tasmania,” Senator Collins said.

"Our record investment in Disability Employment Services has almost doubled the number of permanent sites to 24 and increased the number of outreach sites to 32.

"No matter where in Tasmania people with disability live, they deserve equal support and access to employment opportunities in their local community.”

Senator Collins joined Senator for Tasmania Carol Brown on a visit to Headway Support Services in North Hobart today.

Headway delivers the Australian Government’s Disability Employment Services and has provided assistance to people with disability in Hobart since 1995.

The organisation has successfully expanded its business in the recent Disability Employment Services tender and as a result is assisting more people in the Hobart region.

In addition to its main site in Hobart, Headway now offers outreach services to job seekers with disability at Cygnet, Huonville, Nubeena, Swansea, Triabunna and Mornington.

Senator Collins and Senator Brown met with participants who had benefited from Headway’s programs.

Mr Edward Gearman underwent certified training at Headway and is now working in the security services industry.

Senator Brown said Edward’s commitment to his training and work were recognised last year with a Rotary Pride of Workmanship Award.

"Edward is a wonderful example of what results can be achieved when hard work meets opportunity, and I congratulate him on being recognised with such an award,” Senator Brown said.

"Every Australian who can work should be able to enjoy the challenges, rewards and financial security that come with having a job.”

The Australian Government is investing a record $3.2 billion over four years in Disability Employment Services, with recent expansions meaning it will reach more Australian job seekers and locals than ever before.

Senator Collins said one of the Government’s most important reforms was abolishing caps and quotas from the disability employment system—unlocking the skills and abilities of Australians with disability, and boosting our economy.

Since the Government 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.

"Our reforms have seen more than 150,000 Australians with disability helped into a job,” Senator Collins said.

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

For more information:

Disability Employment Services—1800 805 260

www.deewr.gov.au/disability-employment-services.