New Defence contract provides more opportunities for people with disability

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The Hon Matt Keogh MP

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21 October 2022

Defence is proudly building on its approach to inclusion today, announcing the Endeavour Foundation as the new service provider for the Defence Administrative Assistance Program (DAAP) contract. 

Over three years, the $23.7 million contract will provide more Australians living with disability the opportunity for meaningful work, while contributing to Defence’s overall capability.

Minister for Veterans’ Affairs and Defence Personnel, Matt Keogh said a diverse workforce supported by an inclusive culture is essential to Defence’s capability and effectiveness.

“We know that finding a job and building a career is really important to many people with disability,” Minister Keogh said.

“The program provides Defence access to a pool of talented people in our communities, providing them with meaningful employment within Defence. This initiative highlight’s the Albanese Government’s commitment to building a capable and diverse workforce.”

Since the program began in 2014, DAAP teams have effectively integrated into local Defence bases and have demonstrated a high capacity to undertake a variety of administrative tasks to support the Defence mission.

The program will employ approximately 105 full-time equivalent positions at Defence sites across Australia. 

“The work these teams are undertaking to support Defence personnel, providing administrative services, is invaluable and provides employees with an opportunity to learn and develop their own skills for future career prospects,” Minister Keogh said.

“I would like to thank the previous DAAP contactors for their significant contributions to Defence.”

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