Helping people with a disability into education, work and training
14 Jun 2013
Twenty organisations across Australia have been chosen to help people with a disability find a path to university or training, and from there onto a job.
Minister for Higher Education and Skills Sharon Bird today announced 20 National Disability Coordination Officer (NDCO) organisations, whose officers will be funded to work in 31 regions across Australia.
NDCOs are a central point of contact for local organisations, employers, schools, universities and training providers. They help ensure local groups work effectively together to provide the best service possible for people with a disability.
The Labor Government will invest more than $13 million in the NDCO program over the next three years.
"Everyone with the interest and ability should be able to attend university or get some training- disability should not be a barrier," Minister Bird said.
The program seeks to remove barriers that prevent people with disability from accessing tertiary education and meaningful employment, delivering a more promising future for them.
The NDCO program has been operating since 2008. A 2011 program evaluation made several recommendations to strengthen the program model, which are being implemented over the next three years.
More information on the NDCO program and a full list of the successful NDCO organisations is available at www.innovation.gov.au/ndco.
Media contacts: Minister's Office 02 6277 7370
The new contract holder for Outer South East Melbourne & Gippsland is SkillsPlus Ltd.
The new contract holder for Northern Victoria and Riverina & ACT is Wodonga TAFE.