CDU supports Disability Awareness Week 


Charles Darwin University (CDU) is a proud supporter of the 2006 Disability Awareness Week, which features a number of education and awareness activities including an Employers Breakfast on Thursday 17 August at SKYCITY.

CDU based Regional Disability Liaison Officer NT, Liz Reid, says CDU has a strong commitment to increasing the opportunities of Territorians with disabilities in post secondary education, training and employment.

“One of our major projects for 2006 is the ‘Graduates to Employment’ initiative and we have been working closely with the Chamber of Commerce NT, local businesses, Industry Associations and the Job network providers,” Ms Reid said.

“We are keen to raise the profile of job seekers with a disability and therefore it was a good opportunity to organise an Employers Breakfast, in association with the Chamber of Commerce NT, as part of Disability Awareness Week.

“Workers with disabilities have a proven record in the workforce as being particularly reliable, productive and loyal.

“When businesses open their doors to workers with disabilities they will find there are many benefits including higher retention rates, which saves money on recruitment and training, and they have better than average productivity and above average attendance records,” Ms Reid said. 

Guest speakers at the breakfast include Mark Bagshaw, Manager IBM Australian/New Zealand Human Ability and Accessibility Centre and Maurice D’Arrigo a local Territory employer who operates four KFC outlets in Darwin and was one of two NT winners of the 2005 Prime Minister’s Employer of the Year Award.

Disability Awareness Week 13 – 18 August 2006

Upcoming events include:

  • Employers Breakfast at SkyCity - Thursday 17 August, 7am
  • Sailing Day at the Darwin Sailing Club - Thursday 17 August, 10am - 12.30pm
  • Career Orientation Day at Tiwi Campus of Carpentaria Disability Services - Friday 18 August, 9.30am - 12.30pm

Media and Editors – Mark Bagshaw, Maurice D’Arrigo and Liz Reid are available for interviews. Please contact Liz Reid direct on mobile 0414 525 206.