This measure provides an increase of $2.7 million in 2001-02 to the Employment Assistance and Other Services item to supplement funding to help people with a disability access and maintain employment. Recurrent grants to providers of employment assistance and other services will be increased in 2001-02.
The provision of this funding will ensure the continued capacity of Commonwealth funded disability services that are provided primarily through community based organisations. In total approximately 1000 outlets will have their grants increased in 2001-02.
Advice on the capacity for further efficiencies within the industry will be provided to Government as part of the planned report on disability funding reform in the 2002-03 Budget.