Hon Helen Morton MLC

Hon Helen Morton MLC

Former Minister for Mental Health; Disability Services; Child Protection

    WA supports disability employment

    2/10/2013 12:00 AM
    • State Government initiative focuses on boosting employment for people with disability
    • Government commits $457,000 for WA Disability Enterprises

    The State Government has moved to provide more employment opportunities for people with disability.


    Under a new initiative, the Government has committed $457,000 over four years to appoint a Western Australian Disability Enterprises (WADE) executive officer.


    Disability Services Minister Helen Morton said the role would focus on supporting the procurement of goods and services from WADEs - not-for-profit organisations that operate as commercial businesses and provide supported employment opportunities for more than 2,100 West Australians with disability.


    Mrs Morton said the move highlighted the Government’s commitment to providing support and opportunities for people with disability.


    “This is an important initiative, providing support for the vital organisations that offer employment for people with disability,” she said.


    “It recognises the value of meaningful employment by committing to support the procurement process between WADEs and the WA Government through the creation of an executive officer role.


    “In addition to this new role, the State Government has employed a procurement manager at the Department of Finance, to work with the WADE Executive Officer, WADEs and government agencies to drive this work forward.”


    The Minister highlighted the creation of this role at a Good Samaritan Industries (GSI) event today, where three GSI staff members with disability were honoured for their combined 95 years of service.


    GSI Certificates for Length of Employment Service were presented by the Minister to Andrew Rakich, of Gosnells, who has worked at GSI in Perth for 40 years; Grant Anderson, of Bentley, who has worked at GSI in Canning Vale for 30 years; and Peta Levett, of Munster, who has worked at GSI in Canning Vale for 25 years.


    GSI is one of seven WADEs, including Activ, Goodwill Engineering, Intework Incorporated, Paraquad Industries, Westcare and Westpower.


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