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M e d i a R e l e a s e

IMPROVED SERVICES FOR JOB SEEKERS WITH A DISABILITY

November 20,1997 K77/97

The Federal Government will provide $13 million in 1998/99 in a new streamlined program to encourage employers to hire job seekers with a disability.

The Minister for Family Services, Warwick Smith, and the Minister for Employment, Education, Training and Youth Affairs, Dr David Kemp, jointly announced a new program combining funds from both Government Departments.

The new program, to be administered by the Department of Health and Family Services, is scheduled to start in July, 1998.

Funding of $7.5 million a year from the Department of Employment, Education, Training and Youth Affairs (DEBTYA) will be combined with funding from the Department of Health and Family Services for employer incentives for job seekers with a disability.

The new program will ensure job seekers with a disability, particularly those with a moderate to severe disability, have continued access to employer incentives following the contracting out of the Commonwealth Employment Service (CES) to private, community

and public organisations from May 1, 1998.

The program will provide employers who hire a job seeker with a moderate to severe disability with funding for workplace modifications and wage subsidies. Job seekers with a low to moderate disability will have continued access to support under the new employment service arrangements and will have access to extra funding for workplace modifications

under the new program, announced today.

"The new program demonstrates the Government’s commitment to supporting people with a disability," Mr Smith said.

"This initiative will help ensure job seekers with a disability have the best possible chance in the highly competitive labour market," Dr Kemp said.

Details of how the new scheme will be administered will be released during the next few months.

The Ministers said the program was an important part of the Commonwealth’s new integrated employment services for job seekers and employers.

Media inquiries: John Hewitt (Mr Smith’s office): 02 - 6277 7240. Michael Smith (Dr Kemp’s office): 02 - 6277 7460.

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