Ageing, Disability & Home Care

100 jobs in 90 days highlights the employability of people with disability

11 February 2014



Minister for Disability Services Minister Ajaka and Member for Oatley Mark Coure today visited Nova Employment in Hurstville to support its "100 jobs in 90 days" disability employment initiative.

Minister Ajaka urged employers and business owners in southeast Sydney to open their workplaces to people with disability and discover the benefits of a diverse workforce.

According to the latest figures released by the Australian Bureau of Statistics just 53 per cent of people with disability of working age are engaged in employment compared to 83 per cent of people without a disability.

"It is vital that we address this huge imbalance and do whatever we can to overcome the employment challenges being faced by people with disability," Minister Ajaka said.

"Organisations like Nova provide a great example of how we can overcome these issues which is why the NSW Government allocated more than $2 million this financial year to support their work and services.

"The government also provides funding to non-government organisations across the state to deliver post-school programs to help young people with disability develop the skills they need to increase their independence and participate as valued and active members of the community," he said.

Mark Coure said the "100 jobs in 90 days" campaign is a fantastic challenge which will provide life changing opportunities for people with disability.

"I encourage local businesses to get involved and employ people living with disability.

"There is a huge pool of talent that is sitting right under our noses, yet many of these people are being ignored, not because of their lack of ability or desire to do the job, but because of perceived barriers to their employment.

"It is time Australian employers realised that people with disability can add enormous valueto the workplace," he said.

Nova is a recruitment company that specialises in helping people with disability find work. Their offices in Caringbah, Rockdale, Engadine and Hurstville are all participating in the challenge.

Martin Wren, Chief Executive Officer of Nova said already 38 people have been placed in a wide variety of industries including hospitality, transport and logistics and child and aged care.

"The 100 jobs challenge is an ambitious project for us and doubles what we’ve done in the  past 20 years but I am confident we will reach our goal by 31 March," said Mr Wren.To find out more about Nova visit www.novaemployment.com.au.

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