2 October 2013

Wall wants more indigenous and disabled people in the ACT PS

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The Liberals’ Andrew Wall is taking up cudgels for people with a disability and/or indigenous backgrounds:

The Canberra Liberals have raised concerns that ACT Labor is ignoring its own employment strategies after the Government failed to employ the targeted number of people with a disability as well as those from an indigenous background, Shadow Minister for Disability Andrew Wall said today.

“The 2012-13 State of the Service report shows that there were only 384 people with a disability employed in the ACT public service. That’s well short of the 2013 target of 506. Indigenous employment numbers are also short of the targeted 283 people,” Mr Wall said.

“The Government is quick to advocate for a quota based approach to employment, but has failed to achieve the targets for its own policy. It’s well short of the objective to double the number of people with a disability working in the ACT public service.

“Furthermore, this year’s report shows there’s only been a half a percent improvement on the 2011 target for disability employment and the indigenous employment figures continue to lag behind.

“Canberrans deserve to know why the Government’s own targets aren’t being met. A review of the Disability Employment Strategy is needed to see what’s gone wrong, and how improvements can be made,” Mr Wall concluded.

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