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More than 750 job opportunities to be created for people with a disability

Ministers:

The Hon Bill Shorten MP
Minister for Employment and Workplace Relations, Financial Services and Superannuation
The Hon Simon Crean MP
Minister for Employment Participation
Minister for Early Childhood and Child Care

The  Australian Government today announced it will create more than 750 new job opportunities for people with a disability by 2015.

Minister for Employment Participation Kate Ellis today announced the Government is extending the National Disability Recruitment Coordinator (NDRC) Service - tasked with the target of creating 300 job vacancies a year for job seekers with a disability in medium to big businesses and organisations - to June 2015. 

“The Australian Government believes not matter what your circumstances are, everyone deserves the opportunity, dignity, and financial security of having a job,” Minister Ellis said.

“We have set up a dedicated National Disability Recruitment Coordinator service tasked with the target of creating 300 job vacancies a year for job seekers with a disability, and to work with organisations to help them integrate practices to recruitment people with disability into their mainstream policies.

“To continue our commitment to delivering improved employment assistance for people with disability, we are extending this service till June 2015.”

Minister Ellis made the announcement at a visit to Woolworth Oakleigh to meet employees with a disability.

“Our local Woolworths in Hotham is a great supporter of hiring people with a disability, and it’s great to see this scheme extended,” Member for Hotham, Simon Crean said.

“The model has proved to be highly successful – over the last two and a half years the NDRC has signed agreements with more than 25 large organisations and created around 1,500 jobs for people with a disability – so I know people in Hotham will continue to benefit.”

Member for Chisholm, Anna Burke MP, said that providing opportunities for people with a disability is invaluable not only for those being employed but for the businesses which employ them.

“People with disabilities are able to make a significant contribution to any workplace and it’s important for our nation’s productivity that we are opening up employment opportunities for everyone,” Ms Burke said.

“The extension of this program is great news for the local businesses who now have another avenue to find high quality dedicated staff and the people who now have a job opportunity which may not have existed before.”

Minister for Employment and Workplace Relations Bill Shorten said the service, delivered by WorkFocus Australia, will provide ongoing support and services for employers including tools and information about accessing free workplace modifications, adaptive technology, disability awareness training, and Auslan interpreting.

“We know that many employers who hire a job seeker with a disability find them to be among their best and most hardworking employees – but we also understand many employers may need assistance to optimise the workplace for employees with unique challenges,” Minister Shorten said. 

“Each employer signing up can expect to receive high quality professional assistance tailored to their organisation - and which will help their organisation’s recruitment practices in employing people with disability. I encourage all employers to take advantage of this free, high quality service.

“Those businesses that already have disability employment strategies will attest to the positive impact on business and workplace culture.

“Extending this program for a further two years will enable the NDRC to work directly with more employers to help match their workforce needs with the skills and capacities of people with disability.

“This program means for once, people with disability will be at the front of the queue,” Mr Shorten said.

The National Disability Recruitment Coordinator service facilitates the development of relationships between large employers who employ more than 100 people across different locations to make it easier for the employer to develop their knowledge of Disability Employment Services and the support that they provide to people with disability, including support in the workplace.

Employers can take the first step in accessing the range of support services provided by the NDRC by calling 1800 464 800 for more information and visiting: http://www.deewr.gov.au/Employment/Programs/DES/Employer_Support/Pages/NDRC.aspx