Media Release by Senator the Hon Jan McLucas

Capital grants for Australian Disability Enterprises

The Australian Government has awarded more than $500,000 to 27 organisations providing supported employment to people with disability to help strengthen their businesses.

Parliamentary Secretary for Disabilities and Carers, Senator Jan McLucas said that the Capital Fund for Australian Disability Enterprises would encourage broader skill development and wider career options for people with disability, and provide an opportunity for these businesses to expand into new business lines.

“Australian Disability Enterprises give people with disability the chance to participate in work, to experience the sense of fulfilment and satisfaction that employment offers, to meet new friends and to become more financially independent,” Senator McLucas said.

“We want every Australian, including people with disability, to achieve their best in life, to develop skills and gain experience, and to have the confidence to dream big and believe in themselves.

“These organisations provide the opportunity for people with disability to do just that.”

The Capital Fund delivered a strong outcome for Australian Disability Enterprises in regional and remote Australia employing fewer than 100 people.

Successful organisations will use the funding for machinery for green waste disposal, commercial laundry and kitchen equipment, specialist food processing technology and other items.

Australian Disability Enterprises employ about 20,000 people with moderate to severe disability throughout Australia. They provide products and services across a wide variety of industries, including design, printing and packaging, manufacturing, laundry and landscaping.

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A list of recipients is below.

State Organisation Name Amount of Capital Fund
NSW Challenge Southern Highlands Inc $20,000
Challenge Tweed Inc $15,650
Glen Industries $18,600
Katia Project Inc $19,699
Lambing Flat Enterprises $20,000
Macleay Options Inc $19,700
Multi-Task Human Resource Foundation Limited $20,000
Ningana Enterprises Inc $19,100
NOVA Employment and Training Program Inc $12,011
The Ascent Group $16,100
The Westhaven Association $20,000
Tulgeen Group $20,000
Valmar Support Services Limited $20,000
Willing & Able Foundation Ltd $20,000
Qld Bundaberg Skills Centre Inc. $17,991
South Burnett CTC Inc $20,000
SA Finding Workable Solutions Inc. $20,000
Tas Plane Tree Studio Incorporated $20,000
TADPAC Print $14,099
Vic ASTERIA Services Inc $20,000
Christie Centre Inc $16,752
Moonya Community Services Inc $20,000
Murray Human Services Inc (Swan Hill) $17,000
Vantage Inc. (Item 1.) $16,000
Vantage Inc. (Item 2.) $4,000
Bendigo Access Employment Inc $20,000
Colac Adult and Community Education Inc (Item 1.) $11,325
Colac Adult and Community Education Inc (Item 2.) $7,500
Wimmera UnitingCare – The Uniting Church in Australia Property Trust (Victoria) $20,000