Walking the talk on inclusion and diversity

For more than two decades the Department of Human Services has ensured employment opportunities for Canberrans with disability, through its partnership with Koomarri.

Koomarri JobMatch is a Canberra-based
service provider supporting people with disability to get and keep a job, and
actively participate in their community.

Department
of Human Services General Manager Hank Jongen said International Day of People
with a Disability on 3 December was the perfect time to recognise the valuable contribution
people with disability are making.

‘Our
working relationship with Koomarri has brought about a greater appreciation for
the talent and experience that people with disability bring to the workplace,’
Mr Jongen said.

‘We are
committed to workforce inclusion and diversity and have recently recognised the
important work Koomarri do for us by signing a contract to extend our
partnership.’

The new
three year contract will see the department and Koomarri’s relationship reach a
milestone of 25 years working together by 2022.

‘The
Koomarri team provides important administrative support to business areas
across our Department,’ Mr Jongen said.

‘Diversity
brings new ideas, new perspectives and new approaches, making us stronger and
ensuring we continue to be adaptable and responsive to the needs of the
community,’

Koomarri
CEO Nadine Stephen said the partnership highlighted the value that people with
a disability are delivering.

‘Everyone
in our community has skills, talents, strengths and absolutely has the ability
to contribute productively,’ Nadine said.

‘Our
employees regularly tell me how much they enjoy working at the department and
the benefits it gives them so this really is a win-win relationship.’

Koomarri
employees work alongside department staff, with some employees being involved
in the program for more than 20 years.

‘This contract
recognises the contribution that people with a disability make and the
meaningful relationships that are created,’ Nadine said

‘I thank the department for its leadership and commitment to developing a diverse workforce and we’re really looking forward to the next three years.’

Media contact:   DHS Media Team on 1800 531 991.

Department of Human Services General Manager Hank Jongen and Koomarri Chief Executive Officer Nadine Stephen with Koomarri employees.