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Disability Employment Australia ready for the next step in the NDEF development, following release of the Discussion Paper - 11 November 2015

Disability Employment Australia commends the Department of Social Services (DSS) Taskforce on its National Disability Employment Framework (NDEF) Discussion Paper.

The Disability Employment Taskforce was established to review the disability employment system and develop a new NDEF to boost employment rates for people with disability.

On Monday the Taskforce released the Discussion Paper. This builds on the principles and feedback collected from the first round of consultations conducted earlier this year. Disability Employment Australia is very encouraged that our representations on behalf of members and the DES sector can be read through the Discussion Paper.

We are committed to continuing this strong representation in the second round of consultation. Next week, in Brisbane, Disability Employment Australia members will gather at our biannual National Leaders’ Forum. The core topic will be the Discussion Paper’s policy proposals, and the direction of the NDEF. This includes a keynote address from John Riley, who heads the DSS Taskforce. We will have panels and other speakers to drill down into the Discussion Paper details. We will also hear from Dr Garth Bennie offering a New Zealand perspective.

Disability Employment Australia CEO Rick Kane says that he is heartened by the approach DSS has taken to consider a new disability employment framework. He welcomes the new Minister, The Hon Christian Porter’s involvement and decision to maintain the core principles to build the new Framework.

As the pre-eminent peak body for the DES sector, Disability Employment Australia will be bringing our member’s substantial ideas and questions to the second round of consultation.

The National Leaders’ Forum will take place on 19 November 2015 at Hotel Jen, Brisbane. A summary of the event, and a program, can be found here: http://disabilityemployment.org.au/events-and-training/leaders-forums/  

Media queries contact Sharlie Wise on 03 9012 6000 or 0422 761 429, sharlie.wise@disabilityemployment.org.au