Thursday, 16 March 2017

Apply for, or register for, BSWAT payment by 30 April 2017

BSWAT Payment Scheme
Dept Social Services, 27 February 2017

Thousands of people with intellectual impairment are entitled to a one-off payment through the Australian Government’s BSWAT Payment Scheme. 
Between 2004 and 2014, the Business Services Wage Assessment Tool (BSWAT) was used to assess the wages of many supported employees of Australian Disability Enterprises (ADEs). 
In 2012, the Federal Court determined that the BSWAT indirectly discriminated against two ADE employees with an intellectual disability. 
The Australian Government has set up the BSWAT Payment Scheme ... read the full page of information and links here


Note:
* If a person is not ready to apply, they can register for the scheme by 30 April 2017. They then have until 30 November 2017 to apply for a payment. It's quick and easy to register for the scheme using this online form. Or, people can call 1800 799 515 or send an email.

BSWAT Scheme Newsletter, Issue #1, 9 March 2017

Not everyone will receive payments the size of this one, but it is worth applying for a payment if you meet the criteria:

Jessica Black, The Courier, 11 March 2017
An intellectually disabled Grampians man has been compensated by the Commonwealth after being paid as little as $2.52 an hour in government funded workshops.

The man, who cannot be named for legal reasons, received $26,000 in back pay after he was paid between $2.52 and $3.23 an hour at Australian Disability Enterprises (ADE), lawyer Kairsty Wilson said ...

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