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My job counts
The Supported Employment Services Award is undergoing a review, and Australian Disability Enterprises and workers around the country are awaiting a decision when the issue comes before the Fair Work Commission in February.
Christen Dittmer has enjoyed working as a supported employee for Greenacres in Wollongong for five years.
The 25-year-old, who has mild cerebral palsy and mild intellectual disability, said her job has given her new skills in administration, industrial sewing and training others, while providing a supportive work environment. She has also made many new friends.
“If I didn’t have my job, I would be lost. I think I would really struggle to get work in open employment so I would probably spend my days sitting at home, bored and alone,” Christen said.
Christen is one of hundreds of supported employees from the Illawarra region of New South Wales who attended a My Job Counts campaign rally in Wollongong recently, to voice their concern for their jobs and their futures.