- $2.7 million overall police commitment
- Australian Disability Enterprises contracts now total $21.5 million
A new cleaning contract at the Joondalup Police Academy marks a major milestone for the employment of people with disability in Western Australia.
Announcing the $1.425 million Intework contract today, Disability Services Minister Helen Morton and Finance Minister Bill Marmion said it was the culmination of five years' work to promote jobs for people with disability, through an innovative State Government procurement policy.
"Thanks to WA Police and many other organisations that use the services of registered Australian Disability Enterprises, we have now crossed the $21 million mark in total work contracts signed," Mrs Morton said.
"This support has provided increased job security to hundreds of people with disability and given them the opportunity of meaningful employment."
Since 2010, Government agencies have been allowed to engage Australian Disability Enterprises (ADEs) directly, without undertaking a competitive quote or tendering process, provided the service or product being offered represents value for money.
Government contracts awarded have ranged from ground maintenance services for the Department of Parks and Wildlife and the collation of reading packs for the Department of Culture and the Arts, to the testing of extinguishers for the Department of Fire and Emergency Services.
"The variety of agencies that have taken up the opportunity highlights just how successful this initiative has been," Mr Marmion said.
"Feedback has been very positive, confirming that ADEs are delivering quality products and services at competitive prices."
Mrs Morton joined senior police to congratulate members of the 16-strong Joondalup team from Intework, which has been contracted to clean the academy for five years.
Intework already has a five-year cleaning contract at the WA Police headquarters in East Perth.
- 27 WA Government agencies have awarded 73 contracts to ADEs since 2010
- ADEs provide supported employment opportunities to more than 2,100 people with disability
- There are eight ADE businesses operating in WA, located across the metropolitan area and in Albany, Geraldton, Manjimup, Esperance, Busselton, Kalgoorlie and Bunbury
- For more information, visit http://www.wade.org.au
Disability Services Minister's office - 6552 6900
Finance Minister's office - 6552 6800