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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 Services.
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, said.
'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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