Helping South West people with a disability get a job

Member for Forrest Nola Marino said people in the South West with disability would receive more support in their search for a job through increased Turnbull Government funding.

Mrs Marino said more money was being provided to new and existing Disability Employment Service (DES) providers from 1 July.

“DES providers in the South West will help connect people with disability to the right job for them, and support local businesses and organisations to find talented candidates,” Mrs Marino said.

“People with disability in our community will now have more choice of provider and more say in the supports they receive.

“Work provides security and independence. It also expands our social networks, gives us a sense of responsibility and self-worth, and enables us to contribute more fully to society.

“The Turnbull Government is committed to improving employment outcomes for people with disability.”

Mrs Marino said there would be seven providers in the region, with three organisations providing the service for the first time.

More than 13 per cent of people who are of working age have a disability, however only 53 per cent are participating in the workforce, compared to 83 per cent of people without disability.

The Turnbull Government will invest more than $3 billion in DES over the next four years.

To find a DES provider or for more information, visit the Job Access website.