New opportunity for Catholic Welfare to aid most disadvantaged

The head of Catholic Welfare Australia Mr Frank Quinlan yesterday welcomed the news that his organisation has secured Government contracts to provide more services to the needy.

Speaking at the release of the Government's latest round of successful tenders for the Welfare to Work process, Mr Quinlan said the Catholic Welfare's successful tenders affirm the organisation's track record in helping some of Australia's most marginalised people to find meaningful employment.

The Government's Welfare to Work scheme includes Job Network, Disability Open Employment Service (DOES) and Personal Support Program (PSP).

"These new contracts acknowledge and recognise our expertise in working with some of the most disadvantaged people in the community," Mr Quinlan said.

"We welcome this development in our partnership with the Government to help improve the quality of life for this vulnerable group of people."

Mr Quinlan said that Catholic Welfare has increased its business by 30 per cent through this latest round of tenders. Successful agencies for the PSP contracts include Centacare Wagga Wagga.

He said that a new Job Network contract on the Sunshine Coast was a positive result for Centacare Brisbane, given the competition for these contracts.

Centacare also won six of its seven tenders for the DOES. Successful agencies include Centacare Canberra and Goulburn, Sydney and Port Macquarie.

"The Government continues to show confidence in Catholic Welfare Australia as a leading provider of contracted human services to the community," Mr Quinlan said.

New contracts focus on the most disadvantaged Australians (Catholic Welfare Australia 30/3/06)

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Catholic Welfare Australia
Centacare Employment
Centacare Employment (Archdiocese of Brisbane)
Job Network
Disability Open Employment Services
Personal Support Programme

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31 Mar 2006