A new partnership between the Department of Defence and Endeavour Foundation will see employment for people with disability receive consistent support, mentoring, and training across ten Defence sites nationally.
From January 2023, Endeavour Foundation will take responsibility for the Defence Assistance Program (DAP), providing access to meaningful employment at Defence bases nationally.
“We are excited to partner with the Department of Defence in its ongoing commitment to providing employment opportunities to people with disability,” said Endeavour Foundation CEO David Swain.
“This new partnership with Defence is based on our shared goals to ensure people with disability can achieve their career aspirations and it goes to the heart of Endeavour Foundation's purpose: making possibilities a reality.”
Since the program began in 2014, DAP teams have effectively integrated into local Defence bases across the country.
Under the program, employees undertake a variety of administrative tasks, enabling Defence personnel to focus on the Defence mission of defending Australia and its national interests.
“DAP employees are our top priority, and we intend for all existing staff to remain employed under DAP as contracts transition to Endeavour Foundation,” said Mr Swain.
“It’s fantastic to see Defence taking a leading role in including people with disability in their workforce and we hope the continued success of DAP will encourage more employers to follow their example.”
Endeavour Foundation will be directly responsible for delivering DAP at Defence sites in QLD, NSW and VIC, and will work with key partners to run day-to-day operations in ACT, WA, SA and NT.