• Another step in the right direction for WA Disability Enterprises

    Government has shown its support for the Western Australia Disability Enterprises (WADE) by committing funding to appoint an executive officer.ADE launch - Minister Morton

    Disability Services Minister Helen Morton announced the commitment in front of nearly 300 representatives including the seven WADEs on Wednesday 2 October. This initiative throws further support behind WADEs and employment opportunities for WA people with disabilities. There are 2100 people with a disability employed by WADEs.

    The executive officer, along with the WADE procurement manager at the Department of Finance, will assist agencies with the procurement of goods and services from WADEs.

    Mrs Morton said: “This is an important initiative, providing support for the vital organisations that offer employment for people with disability”.

    “It recognises the value of meaningful employment by committing to support the procurement process between WADEs and the WA Government through the creation of an executive officer role.”

    The event was held at Good Samaritan Industries (GSI), where Minister Morton acknowledged three of GSI’s staff for their length of service in the industry. She presented certificates to Andrew Rakich, Grant Anderson and Peta Levett on their 40, 30 and 25 years of service respectively.

    Department of Finance Director General Anne Nolan accepted a certificate to show the appreciation of agencies work with WADEs. The Department of Education, Corrective Services and the State Library of WA also received certificates.

    GSI is one of seven WADEs, including Activ, Goodwill Engineering, Intework Incorporated, Paraquad Industries, Westcare and Workpower. If you’d like to see first-hand how these enterprises operate, the Department is running a program of visits, but numbers are limited.

    For more information on WADEs please visit www.wade.org.au or for information about the procurement requirements of agencies and the site visits go to ADE site visits

    Published date: 22 October 2013