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Hon Dr Sharman Stone MP

Minister for Workforce Participation 01 February, 2007

Media Release

Adelaide-based company wins national employment contract

An Adelaide-based organisation has won a national contract to help encourage and support businesses to employ

people with disability, Minister for Workforce Participation, Dr Sharman Stone announced today.

Disability Works Australia Ltd has been awarded the contract for a second term to provide National Disability

Recruitment Coordinator services until 30 June 2009.

"Australia needs to increase the workforce participation of people with disability. There are often inaccurate

stereotypes about problems people with a physical or mental health related disability could experience in the

workplace," Minister Stone said.

"In fact many people with a disability are highly productive and valuable members of a workforce.

"It is important that all working age Australians, who have the capacity to work full time or part time, are given a

chance to succeed in a job.

"Disability Works Australia will provide employers with a single point of contact for advice on the employment of

people with a disability, and it will help improve the awareness of the Australian Government support available

to assist with the employment of people with a disability.

"The support includes coordinating work experience or training, offering wage subsidies to businesses who

employ a job seeker with disability, or even workplace modifications, such as ramps or special lighting for people

with disability.

"This service is an important element of the Australian Government’s Welfare to Work reforms. It encourages

and helps large private sector employers to employ people with disability.

"With skill shortages, an ageing population and strong economic growth, it is vital that employers commit to

long term strategies to employ people with disability. The NDRC service provides great support for large private

sector employers who want to improve the diversity of their work force but are not sure where to start," Minister

Stone said.

While based in South Australia, Disability Works Australia will offer a national network of services to support


large organisations.

"I congratulate Disability Works Australia on winning this competitive tender and look forward to the NDRC

expanding its role and activities in the Australian workforce."

For further information contact:

Liz Rodway 0421 587 207