Labor jobs plan for people with a disability

HUMAN Services Minister Rebecca White yesterday announced plans to introduce a rebate of up to $2000 for private sector employers who hire a person with disability.

The rebate was one of four initiatives included in state Labor's new policy to boost employment participation for Tasmanians living with disability.

Ms White said a Labor government would invest $1 million over four years for the rebate, and would develop a targeted disability employment strategy.

"Through a new disability recruitment action plan we will lift the number of people living with disabilities in the public sector," she said.

"And we will provide an exemption to allow state government agencies to purchase goods and services from Tasmanian disability employment organisations without the need for a competitive process."

Ms White said about 113,000 Tasmanians lived with disability, or 23 per cent of the population.

"Already half of Tasmanians with disability and around one quarter of Tasmanians with severe or profound disability participate in the workforce," she said.

"We want to help more people with disability get into work."

Oppositions spokesman for workplace relations Jeremy Rockliff said it was "simply too little, too late".

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