Removing employment barriers in the disability sector

IntoWork Australia has announced Interact Australia will join the national employment company. Working to promote social inclusion, equality, health and well-being in the disability sector, Interact is the first disability focused business to join the growing IntoWork network this year.

With IntoWork’s services now expanding to assisting people with disabilities find work, its commitment to reducing barriers to employment in all communities continues to be recognised across the country.

For 25 years, Interact has excelled in enhancing lives through participation, opportunity and choice. This not-for-profit organisation is committed to providing the highest quality services to people with disabilities and by joining IntoWork, recognition of these services will strengthen.

Both IntoWork and Interact are leaders in community participation, working with Government, Corporate and Not-for-Profit sectors to create meaningful opportunities for individuals.

IntoWork Group CEO, Poul Bottern says there needs to be more focus on people with a disadvantage in finding employment.

“In 2015, there were 4.3 million Australians (18.3% of the total population) with disability and out of this, only 27% were in full-time employment*. People with disability are more likely to be unemployed due to discrimination in the workplace and a lack of community support and services. IntoWork aims to assist in building Interact’s valuable services and also  increase the number of employment opportunities for people with disability,” said Mr. Bottern.

As a registered disability service provider, under the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS), Interact has always been a strong supporter of giving people with a disability a voice in the community.

Interact CEO, Andrew James says joining a national group with the same goals and views is a good fit.

“IntoWork assists people that may not have access to all the resources they need to find a job. As a longtime supporter of the NDIS and now part of a national group, I am excited about the benefits we can bring to people with disabilities in the Victorian and Queensland markets where our offices are based but also across Australia,” said Mr. James.

The NDIS will provide about 460,000 Australians under the age of 65 with a permanent and significant disability with the necessary supports they need to live an ordinary life by investing in their future**. The NDIS will deliver individualised funding directly to people with a disability towards their support, which people will then use to access services through organisations such as Interact. .

Through innovative programs and services, IntoWork and Interact will work towards reducing discrimination or unfair treatment of people with disability in the workforce.  Interact will also continue to provide its valuable support services to people with disabilities across Victoria and Queensland.

For over 30 years, IntoWork has provided expert services in employment, training and recruitment to a high number of individuals and businesses. Chaired by Hon Alan Brown, IntoWork has a primary focus of placing people into employment and thrives at addressing skill and workforce shortages in the community. Through its businesses, IntoWork Australia has been making a positive difference across Australia to the people and communities it works with, through integrated services and business expertise.

*Source: ABS Disability, Ageing and Carers, Australia: First Results Report, 2015

** Source: www.myplace.ndis.gov.au