Australian Disability Enterprises

Australian Disability Enterprises (ADEs) are part of a continuum of employment opportunities for people with disability and act as a link, helping them gain training and experience to confidently step into open employment or to continue in supported employment if they choose.

ADEs support people with moderate to severe disability to engage in a wide variety of work tasks such as packaging, assembly, production, recycling, screen printing, plant nursery, garden maintenance and landscaping, cleaning services, laundry services and food services.

ADEs offer similar working conditions as other employers and an opportunity for people with a disability to contribute and connect to their local community

For more information about ADEs see

The Future of Supported Employment

The Australian Government wants to hear ideas on how we can work together to ensure a strong and vibrant future for supported employment.

In December 2017, the Government published a discussion paper that describes the future landscape for supported employment and asks how the sector can position itself to transition to the full scheme of the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS).

As part of the consultation process, the Government will also be conducting consultation workshops in a number of states and territories.

People with disability and their families and carers, Australian Disability Enterprises, employers of people with disability, peak bodies and other interested stakeholders are invited to make a written submission on any or all of the questions raised in the discussion paper, and/or to register their interest in participating in a consultation workshop.

Submissions to the discussion paper are open until 5:00pm Friday 9 March 2018 (AEDT). All submissions will be considered in future policy development.

The discussion paper and information on the schedule and location of the workshops can be found at engage.dss.gov.au. You can also upload your submission on the same website.

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