Australian Disability Enterprises (ADEs) are facing a threat to their viability and their future. They are fighting a case at the Fair Work Commission (FWC). If the FWC decides to change the way wages are determined it will compromise the capacity of supported empl
oyment organisations and threaten the jobs of up to 20,000 people with disability.
ADEs are not for profit organisations whose primary purpose is to enhance the lives of employees with a disability. These diverse workplaces offer a wide range of practical tasks and jobs as well as basic employability skills. For some this could lead to mainstream employment, however many choose remain working in a supported employment enterprises.
Most importantly, for people with disability ADEs provide a place to make friends and build relationships. They give them not just an income, but self-esteem, independence and time away from family and carers. This also gives families and carers respite, reduces social isolation, and enables them to work or undertake independent activities.
You can support local ADEs by attending the Rally in the Crown St Mall, Wollongong at 12:15pm on Tuesday 26th September (details attached), and hearing from local ADEs like Greenacres, Flagstaff and Th
e Disability Trust.
You can also support ADEs by contacting the relevant Ministers (Christian Porter MP, Minister for Social Services firstname.lastname@example.org and Jane Prentice MP, Assistant Minister for Social Services and Disability Services email@example.com) to tell them you do not support the position that the Government’s Supported Wages System (SWS) should be the only wage assessment system used by Disability Enterprises.