FEDERAL member for Leichhardt Warren Entsch said today that Max Solutions and Advanced Personnel Management will help people in Cairns with disability to find jobs as part of a $300 million per year Government programme.
Mr Entsch said the Government had this year opened up to competitive tender the 47 per cent of Disability Management Service (DMS) currently delivered by CRS Australia.
DMS provides specialist assistance to job seekers with a temporary or permanent disability, injury or health condition.
“The non-government sector has shown it can effectively deliver these services, which is why it’s been opened up to a competitive tender process,” Mr Entsch said.
“As a result, I’m pleased to announce that both Max Solutions and Advanced Personnel Management will receive Commonwealth funding to deliver help people with disability in the Leichhardt electorate to find and keep a job.”
“Improving job opportunities for people with disability is a major priority for the Australian Government and I’m pleased that these two companies will be working to do just that in our local community,” Mr Entsch said.
“The open tender will give job-seekers with disability confidence that their DMS provider has a demonstrated ability to achieve high quality employment outcomes, and that they therefore have the best chance possible of finding and keeping a job,” he said.
“This is a great outcome for job seekers with disability in Leichhardt.”
Assistant Minister for Social Services Senator Mitch Fifield announced 47 successful tenderers will receive 202 separate offers to deliver services in 97 Employment Service Areas across the country.
Mr Entsch said the tender results across the country are a good outcome for regional Australia, with more than half of the successful tenderers having their registered address located outside the capital cities.
The new contracts will take effect from March 2015 and will be offered until March 2018.
More information about the successful DES-DMS tenderers can be found at www.dss.gov.au/DES/DMStender