Pilot program aims to boost not-for-profit employment
The WA Minister for Disability Services launched a pilot program this week to increase employment of people with disability.
GIFSA is one of 10 participating service providers taking part in the pilot, which is aimed at lifting employment of people with disability in the not-for-profit sector.
The State Ministerial Advisory Council on Disability is leading the program with the full endorsement of the Disability Services Minister Stephen Dawson. It will complement the recently announced State Disability Plan, which is in the consultation phase.
The program will see a range of providers, including GIFSA, committing to an increase in meaningful and sustainable employment for people with disability in the sector.
All participating disability organisations will be accountable for increasing employment within their own organisations. It is expected the project plan will be finalised in February, 2019 with each organisation committing their own funds and time.
As the minister has pointed out, “Employment provides a sense of purpose and a sense of independence, as well as contributing to our self-esteem”.
What is important about this unique pilot program is that it shows a strong commitment by not-for-profit organisations to the employment of people with disability. The fact is that in WA, only 56 per cent of people with disability are participating in the workforce, in contrast to 85 per cent of the population without disability. It is anticipated the State Disability Plan, when fully developed and implemented, will set the direction for the next decade and we know employment is a key element now and in the future.