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Benbro Electronics promoting disability employment

21 January 2014



Minister for Disability Services John Ajaka today visited Benbro Electronics in Brookvale and congratulated them on their commitment to employing people with disability.

"Benbro are an inspiring example of a thriving Australian business which recognises and enjoys the benefits of employing people with disability," Minister Ajaka said.

"This small business is making a big difference through its diverse employment practices.

"At Benbro, we can see the contribution people with disability can make in the workforce when given the opportunity."

Owners of Benbro Electronics, Steve and John Bennett,have a policy of employing around 25 per cent of its staff with disability.

"Our business benefits from our employees' skills and talents and we are keen to share our experience with other business owners," John Bennett said.

"Many employers are concerned about safety when it comes to employing people with disability, but in past 27 years, we have had no safety workers compensation claims and no days lost due to accident," Mr Bennett said.

Benbro is a specialised company which designs and manufactures electronic equipment for the communications, mining and transport industries.

The Bennett brothers want to promote change in the private sector by breaking down the barriers to employment.

Ten years ago, the brothers founded the Australian Network on Disability (AND), a member-funded, not-for-profit organisation which promotes the employment of people with disability.

The organisation now has 130 members including banks, legal companies, major retail companies and government departments.

Mr Bennett said AND members collectively employ about 10 per cent of the Australian workforce.

Minister Ajaka said the NSW Government is committed to promoting inclusive employment consistent with disability reforms currently under development and in a consultation phase.

"The Disability Inclusion Bill 2014 aims to better support the rights of people with disability and ensure people with disability can fully participate in the community.

"The draft Bill will replace the existing Disability Services Act 1993.

"I encourage people to review the bill at www.adhc.nsw.gov.au and provide feedback before 14 February," Minster Ajaka said.

For more information about Australian Network on Disability visit www.and.org.au.

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