Media Release by The Hon John Cobb MP

Minister visits Devon Industries

Devon Industries, a division of Devonfield Enterprises, has been receiving funding to support people with disabilities in the workforce since October 1992.

The Minister for Community Services, John Cobb, accompanied by the local Federal Member for Braddon, Mark Baker, today visited the service, which employs 91 people with disability in the Devonport community.

‘Devon Industries receives Australian Government funding through Disability Employment Assistance of $878,199 to support the employees with disability to fully participate in the workforce.

‘The organisation creates packing crates, survey pegs, repackages home concrete packs, furniture joinery and components.

‘Devon Industries also does sewing, labelling, packaging and assembly work, as well as having a fully commercial kitchen in place for catering.

‘The Disability Employment Assistance Programme provides funding for services which assist people with disability, who need ongoing support to gain and maintain employment.

‘The Australian Government funds a network of around 400 business service outlets across the country to provide supported employment assistance to almost 18,000 people and Devon Industries is a fine example of such as service, supporting people with disability to enter and engage in the workforce,’ Mr Cobb said.