Southern JobsABILITY Coalition

Hobart, Tasmania –Members of the Southern JobsABILITY Coalition today met to discuss how people with disability can help address workforce shortages within growth industries in Tasmania.

The first Southern JobsABILITY Coalition was attended by representatives from the Tasmanian Chamber of Commerce and Industry, the Tasmanian Hospitality Association, Tasmanian Small Business Council, Local Government Association Tasmania, Tas ICT, Tasmanian Farmers and Graziers Association and the Tourism Industry Council of Tasmania. Along with Disability Employment Providers including; APM, Blueline Employment, Wise Employment and Lifestyle Solutions.

By coming together in a collaborative way, the aim of the coalition is to find ways to link employers requiring staff to federally funded disability employment providers that can offer work ready candidates and ongoing staff support to businesses.

The coalition aims to build awareness throughout the business community of the potential benefits of employing people with disability. In addition the coalition focuses on identifying and supporting opportunities to increase employer confidence in recruiting and retaining people with disability.

The first Southern JobsABILITY Coalition meeting was attended by 22 representatives from across Tasmanian industries, state government and the disability employment sector. Outcomes from the meeting included the development of the JobsABILITY website and strategies to build employer confidence in disability employment. In addition a number of workforce opportunities were identified in various industries where people with disability were encouraged to apply.

The Southern JobsABILITY Coalition will resume early next year; for further information on the Southern JobsABILITY Coalition; please contact JobsABILITY.