Jobs for people with a disability employed under the
Commonwealth government's open employment services program
increased by 48%, from 4,736 to 7,027, during 1995, according to
data presented in a report by the Australian Institute of Health
and Welfare to be released next Wednesday.
The report, Open Employment Services for People with
Disabilities 1995: The First Year of NIMS Data, presents data
for 1995 on open employment services for people with disabilities
funded by the Commonwealth Department of Health and Family
This is the first year that comprehensive data on these services
have been collected under a new system funded by the Department,
and managed by the Australian Institute of Health and Welfare in
co-operation with an industry representative.
'At the end of 1995 over 18,000 clients ranging in age from 15
to 64 years were assisted by nearly 250 services in the open labour
market', the senior author of the report, Dr Phil Anderson,
'Clients had a range of disability types. Over one-half were
people with an intellectual/learning disability; 18% had a
psychiatric disability and 12% had a physical disability.'
Other findings in the report include:
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Further information: Dr Phil Anderson, ph. 02
6244 1125 or 04 1923 9581 (mobile).For media copies of the report (137pp., summary
9pp.): Chris Finnegan, ph. 02 6244 1032 or 02 6244 1044
(fax).Availability: Check the AIHW
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