Media Release by The Hon Jane Prentice MP

Supported employees should register for the BSWAT Payment Scheme

The Hon Jane Prentice, Assistant Minister for Social Services and Disability Services, is calling for eligible supported employees to register for the BSWAT Payment Scheme before registrations close on 30 April 2017.

“People with an intellectual impairment who worked in an Australian Disability Enterprise (ADE) and had their wage calculated under the Business Services Wage Assessment Tool (BSWAT) between 1 January 2004 and 28 May 2014 should register for the BSWAT Payment Scheme,” she said.

“About 10,000 supported employees, including some former supported employees, could be eligible for a one-off payment of $100 or more.

“I urge everyone who may be entitled to a payment to register for the Scheme.”

Mrs Prentice said there are now more than 180 ADEs with 283 outlets across Australia employing more than 20,000 people with disability.

“They are unique enterprises which contribute positively to their local communities and indeed to society at large,” she said.

Mrs Prentice visited Makeables today – a Multicap ADE in Tingalpa, Brisbane delivering a range of services including packing and assembly work.

“It is wonderful to see the hard work of the supported employees at Makeables. They are reliable and loyal employees and clearly love what they do,” she said.

“ADEs play an important role in supporting people with disability, allowing them to enter the workforce more easily, connect socially with others and have a sense of independence.”

To find out more information and to register for the BSWAT Payment Scheme, visit or call the BSWAT Payment Scheme Hotline on 1800 799 515.