Champions of equal opportunity

Published on LEUT Will Singer (author)

Topic(s): HMAS Stirling

HMAS Stirling has received a community award that celebrated the growth of employment and training for people with disabilities and mental illness. (photo: Unknown)
HMAS Stirling has received a community award that celebrated the growth of employment and training for people with disabilities and mental illness.
HMAS Stirling has received a community award at an annual event that celebrates the growth of employment and training for people with disabilities and mental illness.
 
The certificate of appreciation was awarded by the Minister for Disability Services - the Honourable Stephen Noel Dawson, MLC, and recognised the delivery of great results for the employment of people with disability and mental illness in Western Australia.
 
Accepting the award, Stirling’s Commanding Officer Captain Brian Delamont said that Navy was passionate about providing people with disability the opportunity to engage in meaningful work.
 
“People with a disability are under-utilised in the labour market and we are committed to creating a work environment that values, respects and is inclusive to all,” Captain Delamont said.
 
“It was a nice result, topping out community awards for our implementation of the Disabled Administrative Assistance Program further embedding a culture of diversity and inclusion in Navy.
 
“It has been great working the Disabled Administrative Assistance Program kids, co-ordinator Eoin McConnon and the carers are exceptional.
 
“The social side through the Chaplains’ off-watch barbeques and others has been a big success.
 
“We’re looking to grow the program even further,” he said.
 
The Disabled Administrative Assistance Program is a partnership with Western Australian Disability Enterprises that enhances Defence capability with services from administrative tasks to cooking the sausages at the barbeques for hungry sailors in Stirling.
 
Western Australian Disability Enterprises are a collection of eight like-minded organisations operating across a diverse range of industries providing first-class quality products and services.
 
“Between us, we provide employment opportunities for more than 2,000 Western Australians with disability and mental illness in a supported environment,” Mr McConnon said.
 
“The whole team greatly appreciate the support and uptake of services that we have received since commencing on base in June 2016,” he said.
 
Further details about services provided by the Defence Administrative Assistance Program can be found on the Defence website.