NSW Nationals Member for Myall Lakes Stephen Bromhead is encouraging local employers to hire more people with a disability and promote inclusion in the workplace.

“Participation and leadership are themes of this year’s International Day of People with Disability and that should extend to the workplace,” Mr Bromhead said.

“We see many positive examples of people with disability achieving their career goals in our community but we want to do everything we can to see more people with disability in stable jobs.”

The rollout of the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) in NSW is opening up more opportunities for people to find meaningful work.

The NSW Nationals in Government are investing $3.3 billion in the NDIS in 2019-20. There are more than 108,000 NDIS participants in NSW with the latest quarterly report from the National Disability Insurance Agency demonstrating positive results for inclusion.

In Mr Bromhead’s electorate employer Valley Industries have been employing and providing support for over 150 people with varying levels of disabilities since 1971, giving them an opportunity for meaningful employment.

Data from the September 2019 quarter shows 17 per cent of participants aged 15 to 24 and 26 per cent of participants aged 25 and over have a paid job.

Minister for Families, Communities and Disability Services Gareth Ward said people with disability can bring different perspectives, opinions and ideas to a range of businesses and be invaluable employees.

“There are 1.3 million people living with disability in NSW and many of them want to contribute to our society through paid employment,’’ he said.

“Research shows staff and customers are more loyal to businesses that value diversity and inclusion. In addition, workers with disability often have lower rates of absenteeism and stay in their job for longer.”

The NSW Government is working towards doubling the proportion of people with disability employed in the public sector by 2025.