Over 65% of Queenslanders of working age with vision impairment are unemployed.
Each year Vision Australia runs a training program funded by the Palaszczuk Government's Skilling Queenslanders for Work Program.
I had the pleasure of presenting Scott with a Skilling Queenslanders for Work Graduation Certificate.
Event better than presenting a graduation certificate, Scott greeted me in his new job as a receptionist. He was polite, professional and enthusiastic. As I waited for my meeting Scott told me that he had never had a job. Now he loves working, is saving up to move out of home and is able to spend more time socialising with his friends and girl friend.
We are at a time of severe labour shortages. This is a great opportunity for people with disability to move into the workforce. The reality, with a little support, people with disabilities can make a massive contribution in any organisation.
Vision Australia places trainees on the Skilling Queenslanders for Work Program with employers for a period of several months. They are always looking for more employers. Many of the graduates from the program end up working with the organisations where they do a placement. Vision Astralia can assist businesses and organisations to make their workplace accessible with funding available to do this. I'd encourage all organisations to consider sponsoring a trainee from the Vision Australia Skilling Queenslanders for Work Program.
The Palaszczuk Government is so proud of the record low unemployment rates. One of the key drivers of this has been the investment our Government has made in the Skilling Queenslanders for Work Program. It is genuinely assisting all Queenslanders to get a job.