Supported Employment ( Australian Disability Enterprise)
Australian Disability Enterprises are commercial businesses that provide employment opportunities for people with disability in a ‘supported' work environment. 'Supported' means assistance is given, where necessary, so that each person can do their job successfully. For example, a person with restricted mobility may need the height of their workbench adjusted so they can reach their tools. Or a person with learning difficulties may need regular reminders from their supervisor about doing a task.
ADE's were previously called 'Business Services', however in 2008 the Australian Disability Enterprises name, logo and an Australian Disability Enterprise Business Directory was launched. The new name brings together all Australian Disability Enterprises under a unified national brand.
ADE's employ people with a 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 receive funding from the Australian Government Department of Families, Housing, Community Services and Indigenous Affairs (FaHCSIA) to assist in providing support to its employees.
Intework's Australian Disability Enterprise's differ from the typical ADE service model as it is based upon the concept of enclaves and work crews. Our ADE's work in partnership with companies to provide competitive business solutions through the development and matching of its current range of services. Currently these include packaging, land care and industrial labour hire and services to meet the business' challenges. Our services range from regular on-site teams, off-site and mobile teams and temporary or fixed term arrangements to suit the needs of the businesses we work with.
Intework is currently providing supported employment within our ADE's for over 230 individuals across our 5 regions in the North, Metro, East, South East and South West area's. Our supported employees receive a wage, superannuation, set hours of work, leave entitlements, skills development training and opportunities for career development as in the general workforce.