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Employers awarded for commitment to job seekers.



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Minister Ludwig’s Media Contact: Joe Scavo 0413 800 757 CRS Australia Media Contact: Andrew Kemp 02 9242 4863

MEDIA RELEASE Senator the Hon Joe Ludwig Minister for Human Services Senator for Queensland

Friday 31 October 2008

Employers awarded for commitment to job seekers

Minister for Human Services, Senator Joe Ludwig, has congratulated 15 employers who have been awarded a CRS Australia ACT/NSW Employer Award for their commitment to giving all Australians the chance to work.

In all, 35 employers were nominated for the State awards in Sydney last night, for providing job opportunities to people with a disability, injury or health condition.

“I would like to acknowledge the important contribution made by these employers in providing rewarding and sustainable jobs to their fellow Australians,” Senator Ludwig said.

“Workforce participation is a key challenge for Australia, given the ageing of our population and the chronic skills shortage.”

“We can’t afford to have potential employees, who can and want to work, excluded from the workforce.”

“I’d like to congratulate all those nominated. Australia needs more employers like you, who are willing to focus on a person’s ability, not their disability.”

One of the agencies within the Minister’s portfolio of Human Services, Medicare Australia, took out the Government award.

“As the Minister for Human Services, I’d particularly like to congratulate Medicare Australia for working in close partnership with CRS Australia to place job seekers into meaningful roles.”

CRS Australia works in partnership with local business and employers to assist people with a disability, injury or health condition to find sustainable employment and contribute to their local community.

For information about CRS Australia, call 1800 277 277 or visit the website www.crsaustralia.gov.au

Minister Ludwig’s Media Contact: Joe Scavo 0413 800 757 CRS Australia Media Contact: Andrew Kemp 02 9242 4863

CRS Australia ACT/NSW Employer Award winners

Small Business Elegant Blinds and Awnings, Taree Elgas Ltd, Tamworth Leisure Inn, Pokolbin Hill Michael Wishard and Co, Warners Bay

Medium Business Holdsworth Community Centre and Services

Large Business Gosford RSL Club The Kloster Group, Newcastle Bunnings Warehouse, McGraths Hill

Government Medicare Australia

Higher Education University of Technology Sydney

Champion Award Tracey Crump, Chief Ministers Dept, ACT Loraine McKay, Lend Lease ICT Master Instruments O’Connor Ferries

Injury Prevention Award Warringah Council