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Martin Wren - CEO Nova Employment
Martin Wren - CEO
Nova Employment
Wednesday, November 25, 2015

I posted a bulletin last week about the inspiring National Disability Employment Framework Discussion Paper. I was excited about the potential the proposed changes to Australian Disability Enterprises (we used to call these sheltered workshops) flagged in the paper.

Why excited?

Because we still get stories like the one retold to me today: 'Fred' (name changed to respect his privacy) left school approximately 6 years ago and entered a sheltered workshop. After 5+ years his salary had advanced to a princely $4ph (just under $160 a week).

NOVA staff placed 'Fred' in a suitable role for his skills where he remains employed full-time at an hourly rate of $22.50 or $213.75 a day.

What makes Fred so valuable to his employer?

He can do the job at a rate that enables the business to make a profit..

What made Fred so valuable to his previous employer?

You can be the judge.

In the interests of transparency NOVA operates an ADE in Walgett in the far north west of New South Wales - average wages for workers are the 2nd highest in Australia at $13.50ph. NOVA uses the Supported Wage System to measure productivity

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