Media Release by Senator the Hon Kay Patterson

Online BizAbility

For the first time access to an online catalogue of products and services offered by disability business services across Australia is available.The Minister for Family and Community Services, Senator Kay Patterson, today officially launched a new disability business website(, at Ozanam Industries in Stanmore, Sydney.

“The BizAbility website will link individuals, communities, businesses and government to existing business services’ websites and will eventually include provision for online transaction,” Senator Patterson said.

“The website, supported by the Howard Government, aims to extend the market reach of 230 independent business services operating in 390 locations throughout Australia, through the promotion of their products and services online.

“It will provide Disability Business Services with a way to advertise as well as help improve their viability by giving them access to a larger market.

“Disability Business Services evolved from sheltered workshops and today are viable commercial enterprises providing employment opportunities for around 17,500 people with moderate to severe disabilities.

“Ozanam Industries, run by St Vincent de Paul, is just one business service using the new website to offer products and employment opportunities for people with a disability.

“Ozanam Industries epitomises the resourcefulness of the disability business services sector with a broad range of activities including manufacturing and supplying Communion Hosts to parishes and religious suppliers nationally, as well as packaging and mail services.

“BizAbility is a great example of the Howard Government’s commitment to bringing together individuals, business, government and the community.

“I look forward to seeing how this website will expand the positive role these services play, in local communities, and across Australia,” Senator Patterson said.

For more information on the range of products and services available visit or contact 1800 138 225.