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Tuesday, 3 April 1973
Page: 1029


Mr Lynch asked the Minister for Labour, upon notice:

(1)   How many handicapped persons applied for employment through the Commonwealth Employment Service during each of the last 10 calendar years.

(2)   How many of them were assisted in finding suitable employment.

(3)   How many firms were personally approached to accept the policy of employing handicapped people in each of those years.

(4)   What (a) number and (b) percentage of these appointments was successful in each of those years.


Mr Clyde Cameron (HINDMARSH, SOUTH AUSTRALIA) - I am informed that the answer to the honourable member's question is as follows:

(1)   In the calendar years 1963 to 1972 the following numbers of handicapped persons applied for employment assistance through the Commonwealth Employment Service -

 

(2)   In the calendar years 1963 to 1972 the following numbers of handicapped persons were placed in employment by the Commonwealth Employment Service.

 

(3)   Statistics are not maintained of the numbers of firms approached by the Commonwealth Employment Service concerning the employment of handicapped persons.

The policy of the Commonwealth Employment Service is to promote the employment of the handicapped and, in the main, this is done during discussions with employers about the engagement of particular individuals and through special campaigns such as that conducted between 1967 and 1972 in conjunction with the Australian Council for the Rehabilitation of the Disabled. This campaign was to encourage employers to adopt a written policy of non-discrimination against employment of the handicapped. As far as was practicable, all major employers in Australia were contacted. The numbers of firms personally approached to accept the policy in each of these years were as follows:

 

(4)   In each of the years during which the campaign referred to in (3) above was conducted the number and percentage of firms approached which accepted the policy in whole or substantially or which already had a similar policy were as follows:







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