ON-Q stands firm despite Federal funding cuts
FUNDING cuts to the employment organisation ON-Q Human Resources, have not melted the resolve of staff members who have vowed to "stand by" their employers and jobseekers.
The federal government has axed funding to its Employment Support Services Program.
"Firstly we want to reassure our local community that there is no way we are withdrawing our support or services from them," said ON-Q's marketing manager Sharon Ruddleston.
"For the past 24 years we have provided workplace support for employers and jobseekers and this is not going to change.
"We are and will always be advocates for people with an illness, injury or disability.
"In fact our resolve has been strengthened by this decision and now more than ever we are dedicated to delivering the best possible support to local employers and job seekers.
"We want the community to know we are still there for them, in whatever capacity they need."
ON-Q Human Resources was one of many disability employment service providers that had to re-tender for their contract as part of the federal government's budget cuts.
Ms Ruddleston said the government chose to fund the larger, more national "one-stop-shop" providers over the smaller, local organisations, such as ON-Q.
"While we were disappointed not to be chosen, we are excited about the prospect of accelerating our approach to better meet market demand and finding innovative ways to deliver our services," she said.
"In fact, unlike those funded by the government, we are able to individualise our approach without being confined by certain constraints.
"While other providers are coming to terms with how they must meet government requirements, ON-Q is free to get on with the business of meeting our customer's requirements."