FAST-TRACKING JOB SUPPORT FOR PEOPLE WITH DISABILITY
13 February 2019
A WELCOME CHANGE: FAST-TRACKED SUPPORT FOR PEOPLE WITH DISABILITY SEEKING EMPLOYMENT
Queensland charity Help Enterprises has welcomed changes announced by the National Disability Insurance Agency (NDIA), who fast-track employment support for people with disability.
Help Enterprises Managing Director, Kerry Browne said "The changes were great news for people with disability because it allowed faster access to funding and support services once they found a job."
Mr Browne said "Help Enterprises alone currently has 70 jobs available for people with disability in a supported environment in Logan at our new $3.3 million Supply Chain Services distribution centre and employment hub in Crestmead, along with our other facilities at Eagle Farm, Acacia Ridge and Ipswich.
“The changes mean people with disability can access funding and employment support as soon as they are offered a position, instead of having to wait until a review is conducted,” said Mr Browne.
“Australians living with a disability should be able to experience all of the same feelings of self-worth and confidence that comes from having a job. We are committed to working through any barriers that people with disability may have in order to get them into paid employment.”
The changes are the result of a Federal Government’s National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) Participant Employment Taskforce.
There are more than 2000 students with a disability who attend schools in the Logan and Brisbane Southside area and large numbers of people living with disability who until now, have been unable to find work due to NDIS restrictions.
“We are pleased that the NDIA is listening to industry concerns and we agree with their changes,” Mr Browne said.
Help Enterprises’ Crestmead Centre of Excellence, which opened in October last year, offers access to employment and practical training in administration and supply chain roles, including forklift driving, office admin, packaging, product assembly and warehousing.
Help Enterprises has been helping people with disability for 50 years. The organisation, which is headquartered at Eagle Farm, employs more than 950 people, of which 350 have a disability.
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