The Liberal Member for Northern Victoria Wendy Lovell has expressed concerns about the ongoing COVID-19 restrictions on the operation of disability business enterprises in her electorate and the affect they are having on their clients.
Ms Lovell raised the matter during the adjournment debate in the latest sitting of State Parliament and called on the Minister for Disability Luke Donnellan to remove the barriers preventing clients from attending disability business enterprises.
Victoria is blessed with many organisations responsible for providing a wide range of services to enhance the lives of our disability sector. Business enterprises provide training and build pathways into employment, providing access to jobs and prioritising equality in the workplace for the disability sector.
Ms Lovell said it was concerning that disability business enterprise operations have been suspended due to the Government’s COVID-19 prohibitive restrictions implemented in regional Victoria, where no COVID cases have been recorded at all in the past 28 days.
Ms Lovell said she was recently contacted by a constituent whose son is a regular at Yooralla’s business enterprise program and is missing the enjoyment and fulfilment he experiences when attending the program.
Comments attributable to Member for Northern Victoria Wendy Lovell:
“DHHS have determined that suspended disability business enterprise programs will not recommence until Victoria reaches COVID Normal status, but this is unfair for disability clients in regional Victoria where we have already reached this threshold.
“The Minister must remove the barriers preventing clients of disability business enterprises in regional Victoria from attending work and allow them to experience the dignity and enjoyment that comes with working in these environments.”
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