Hon Don Punch BPsych BSocwk MBA MLA

Hon Don Punch BPsych BSocwk MBA MLA

Minister for Disability Services; Fisheries; Seniors and Ageing; Small Business

    Lotterywest support for Hospitality Disability Network

    14/09/2021 8:00 AM
    • Hospitality and tourism industry program will provide employment opportunities for people with disability
    • $443,563 Lotterywest grant will fund support, training and knowledge sharing for businesses
    • Opportunity for people with disability to help meet unmet demand in the hospitality and tourism sector

    An innovative program that supports Western Australia's hospitality and tourism sector in providing employment opportunities for people with disability will be boosted by a Lotterywest grant.


    Disability Services Minister Don Punch presented the $443,563 grant to Hospitality Disability Network WA yesterday.


    Hospitality Disability Network WA is a not-for-profit organisation set up to build confidence around employing people with disability in the hospitality and tourism industries.


    Founding members of the Hospitality Disability Network WA include Crown Resorts, VenuesLive (including Optus Stadium), The Marriot Group, Intercontinental Hotels Group, AHS (Chandler McLeod Group), The Hospitality Group (Best Western and Ace Cinemas) and the Australian Hotels Association.


    The Hospitality Disability Network will use the Lotterywest grant to work with employers in the sector in identifying suitable employment opportunities and to develop a 'disability confident' training package for employers to build their knowledge and provide support for sustainable employment for people with disability.


    This will include working with disability employment agencies, providing post-placement support, training and knowledge sharing on adaptation of operations to develop sustainable employment models for individual businesses.


    Since commencing in 2019, the Hospitality Disability Network has successfully facilitated 67 people with disability into employment with its hospitality sector members before COVID-19 interrupted many jobs in the hospitality sector. 


    With Western Australia's hospitality and tourism sector returning to full capacity, there is now unmet demand for roles in hospitality, particularly in regional WA.


    In-demand roles include environmental services attendants (cleaners), food and beverage attendants and supervisors, chefs, housekeeping, hotel laundry attendants, kitchen hands, dish washers, waiters and spa attendants. 


    Comments attributed to Disability Services Minister Don Punch:


    "Hospitality employers are seeking innovative ways to meet their labour needs, but many businesses lack the capability to introduce their own model for employing people with disability. 


    "Hospitality Disability Network WA is doing outstanding work in filling that gap - and the potential for the sector to make a difference in the lives of people with disability is enormous.


    "This Lotterywest funding will support the hospitality sector to become the leading industry employing people with disability, while also addressing the labour and skills shortages impacting hospitality and tourism businesses in the process."


    Minister's office - 6552 6900