- Western Australian Disability Enterprises contracts total $25 million
- State Government initiative boosts employment opportunities
- Supporting jobs for more than 2,100 people with disability or mental illness
Work contracts totalling $25 million have been signed between 27 State Government agencies and registered Western Australian Disability Enterprises (WADEs), marking a major milestone in the Government's policy to grow employment opportunities for people with disability.
Speaking at the WADEs annual celebration event today, Disability Services Minister Helen Morton said the growth in contracts was the result of a close working relationship between the enterprises, the Government and a wide variety of business partners.
There are eight not-for-profit WADEs operating as commercial businesses and providing supported employment across metropolitan and regional WA.
"Engaging people with disability and mental illness in meaningful and satisfying employment is what WADEs are all about and they have provided more than 2,100 people throughout WA with that opportunity," Mrs Morton said.
"I am proud of the difference this policy has made to so many people's lives since it was introduced five years ago."
Finance Minister Bill Marmion said the Government's social procurement initiatives were being driven from within the Department of Finance.
"Since 2010, government agencies have been allowed to engage with WADEs directly, without undertaking a competitive quote or tendering process, provided the service or product being offered represents value for money," Mr Marmion said.
"A key WADE priority is not just to create new jobs for people with disability or mental illness but to provide higher value and more varied employment."
- 27 Government agencies have awarded 81 contracts to WADEs since 2012
- The eight WADEs are ParaQuad Industries, Workpower, Activ Foundation, Westcare Inc, Shire of Manjimup, Intework, Good Samaritan Industries and Goodwill Engineering
- For more information, visit http://www.wade.org.au
Disability Services Minister's office - 6552 6900
Finance Minister's office - 6552 6800