In 1967, the Commonwealth Sheltered Employment (Assistance) Act provided funding to non-profit organisations to establish and equip sheltered workshops and supported accommodation. The Act gave many organisations across the country access to capital works funding (for buildings and other infrastructure), which meant they no longer had to rely so much on fundraising and bequests.
(Speech given on 7 September 2012)
Employment of people with disability and particularly Australian Disability Enterprises (ADEs) are the favourite part of my portfolio. The two things I most enjoy doing as a member of parliament are visiting schools and visiting ADEs. It doesn't matter how cynical or world weary I feel. That all washes off me when I visit a school or an ADE.