We are pleased to announce that the Defence Administrative Assistance Program (DAAP) has now begun!
The DAAP began with a requirement for Department of Defence to provide administrative assistance for its members with disability. Defence is committed to supporting all its members with a disability, and does so through programmes, reasonable adjustments, assistive technology, and networks such as mentoring and disability champions. One of these programmes, known as the Defence Administrative Assistance Program (DAAP), is delivered across Australia by Australian Disability Enterprises.
This initiative began service delivery out of Gallipoli Barracks in Queensland in September 2014. Tasks performed by employees include, but are not limited to, photocopying, shredding, mail-outs, packaging, compiling and other administrative tasks.
Since then, Defence has established a DAAP team at Enoggera and a similar team has been operating in Canberra. DAAP teams have also been set up on an additional 6 Defence establishments across Australia. In WA, this programme is operating from Garden Island, off Rockingham.
The DAAP is a focus that the Head of People Policy and Culture. Senior disability champion, Richard Oliver, believes has the potential to revolutionise what people with disability can achieve in the workplace.
‘The nature of disability is widely misunderstood and there are a variety of misconceptions about disability and people with disability’, Richard said.‘Not only can our staff continue to achieve at work if their circumstances change, but we have recruitment programmes that provide meaningful employment for those with disability.’
‘The programme plays a significant role in alleviating some of the administrative pressures for Defence employees…while at the same time providing a valuable employment opportunity to people with disability’, Richard said.
The services carried out by the DAAP team are delivered from offices provided and located on Defence establishments. The Services delivered are of a routine nature, with a low level of complexity and will be delivered to internal Defence business areas, units or to Defence contractors.
A DAAP team is comprised of:
- A DAAP team coordinator to support the DAAP team to have a self-sufficient operating model;
a minimum of one Disability Support Officer to work with the team on site every day; and
3 – 6 Supported Staff Full Time Equivalent (FTE) positions.
Workpower tendered and was successful in securing this contract. As of 20th June, our team began work on Garden Island to ensure the project is up and running for its commencement date in July 2016.
To ensure that we maximise the opportunity this contract presents, Eoin McConnon has been seconded to the project until January 2017 and will act in the role of Coordinator/Manager during the implementation phase. Good luck, Eoin!
That has left a hole in the Packaging and Warehousing division, and I am pleased to announce that Mel Martino was successful in her application for the role of Acting Business Manager. Congratulations to Mel on your new appointment, and to the team on Garden Island for their role in this innovative project!