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THE HON KATE ELLIS MP
Minister for Employment Participation
22 March 2012
Final week to have a say on Disability Employment Services procurement
The Australian Government is calling on interested organisations and individuals to take the opportunity to provide feedback on purchasing arrangements for Employment Support Services delivered through Disability Employment Services.
Minister for Employment Participation, Kate Ellis today encouraged stakeholders to take up this final opportunity to have a say, with consultations sessions having taken place around the country over the past three weeks.
"The decision to tender for these services was made with the interests of people with disability at the very centre of the Government's thinking," Ms Ellis said.
"I firmly believe that as we invest more than ever before and unveil more programs and assistance - we should also demand that people with disability have access to the very best possible services."
In the 2011-12 Budget the Australian Government announced unprecedented investment in these services and confirmed a competitive tender process for Disability Employment Services-Employment Support Service would be undertaken.
The Employment Support Service is designed to provide immediate access to tailored services for job seekers with disability to help secure suitable employment.
Ms Ellis said that putting Disability Employment Services out to tender is an open and transparent way of ensuring that the best possible providers are delivering the most effective services to job seekers with disability.
"I have welcomed the Australian Federation of Disability Organisations and other disability consumer organisations support for our Government's approach," Ms Ellis said.
"Our Government is committed to helping people with disability find meaningful and sustainable work, and one of the best ways we can do that is by making sure they are linked with the best possible Disability Employment Services providers.
"This pathway forward will deliver more stable and higher quality services - and ultimately, outcomes - for job seekers with disability."
Stakeholders are encouraged to provide feedback on the Exposure Draft by 5.00 pm Canberra time, Thursday 29 March 2012 by emailing: firstname.lastname@example.org or by calling 1300 733 514.