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Wednesday, 15 September 1971
Page: 1397

Mr Scholes asked the Minister for Labour and National Service, upon notice:

What is the rate of placement of physically disabled persons registered for employment in (a) metropolitan and (b) non-metropolitan employment districts.

Mr Lynch - The answer to the honourable member's question is as follows:

The Commonwealth Employment Service of my Department provides special assistance for persons whom it classifies as handicapped persons. These include the mentally, as well as the physically, handicapped. Not all persons with physical impairments seeking employment assistance, however, are registered as 'handicapped' in an employment sense because some disabilities are not severe and others are of such a nature that they do not constitute an occupational handicap, bearing in mind the other characteristics, skills and qualifications of the persons concerned. A person must be disadvantaged for purposes of employment to be classified by the Commonwealth Employment Service as a 'handicapped' person.

For the financial year ended 30th June 1971, 16,341 persons classed as handicapped were placed in employment by the Commonwealth Employment Service. Of these, 13,716 placements were in metropolitan areas and 2,625 were in non-metropolitan areas, including Darwin and Canberra.

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