To be clear: no-one is forced to work in our (or any) disability enterprise. Most or even all who already have choice and control with an NDIS package are still choosing to work in disability enterprises even when presented with a range of other options. Our disability enterprises are not segregated workplaces. We have people without disabilities working alongside people with disabilities the same as every other workplace.
All of our supported employees are paid wages based on awards and in accordance with rules set by Fair Work Australia, the same as every other worker in the country. This includes full entitlements to sick leave, annual leave, long service leave, superannuation, and training the same as all other Australian workers. However, we openly encourage discussions around wages in the sector and we agree that more discussion needs to be had. We also throw our full support behind efforts that improve incentives for businesses to employ people with an intellectual disability. We know that engagement and awareness-raising within the wider business community is key to progress and, with our many partners, continue to work towards educating those beyond our sector on the importance of inclusion and accessibility in the workforce and beyond.
We openly invite anyone who wishes to visit our disability enterprises. We would love to show you the community we have fostered and to let you see the work people do to achieve their goals each and every day.
If you would like to visit us, please contact us on (03) 9731 9200 or via firstname.lastname@example.org