The Australian Royal Commission into Violence, Abuse, Neglect and Exploitation of Disabled people is currently examining working conditions of people working in the ADE, previously known as sheltered workshops.
Disabled people are being paid as little as $2.37 per hour for work in laundry, packaging and gardening.
With approximately 20,000 people currently working in ADE’s some of which are in multi-million-dollar businesses you have to wonder who is responsible. Most employees are employed under Supported Employment Services Award 2020 where the decision is made how much an employee is paid.
Where else in Australia would any person accept a job where they are paid such a rate? This is clearly abuse of vulnerable at-risk people. With minimum wage currently at approximately $20 per hour there is a massive, short fall. These people do not always have the intellectual capacity to stand up for themselves, so it is our job to ensure they are not abused or taken advantage of.
Government officials are paid huge salaries to address, manage and improve conditions for all Australians.
They are titled the Right Honorable and yet they are not Honorable at all they just take their big pay packet and change nothing.