HISTORIC VICTORY FOR WORKERS WITH DISABILITY
Justice North from the Federal Court of Australia approved today the settlement of the class action between the Commonwealth and employees of Australian Disability Enterprises (ADEs) whose wages had been assessed under the Business Services Wage Assessment Tool (BSWAT).
The decision is worth $100 + millions of dollars that will benefit employees with disability working in ADEs around Australia.
Our warmest congratulations to Tyson Duval-Comrie, the chief litigant in the class action who took the Federal government to court where he represented the 10,000 workers with intellectual disability in ADEs whose wages were assessed using the BSWAT (a wage assessment tool).
The class action settlement approved today means that these workers will be eligible to get 70% of the money owed to them by the government through a law that passed in both Houses of Parliament – the Business Services Wage Assessment Tool (BSWAT) Payment Scheme.
This case is the culmination of years and years of hard fought advocacy work by AED Legal Centre (an organisations funded by DSS through the National Disability Advocacy Program) with support from DANA, PWDA, Inclusion Australia & Maurice Blackburn Lawyers.
We collectively encourage all eligible employees of ADEs to register under the BSWAT Payment Scheme. This scheme provides a one-off payment to eligible ADE employees.
For information on the BSWAT Payment Scheme, you can call the AED Legal Centre on (03) 9650 2533 and leave a message or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
It very important that as many people as possible register for the BSWAT Payment Scheme.
This can be done in a number of ways, by:
• Visiting the website at: https://bswat.dss.gov.au/
• Phoning the BSWAT Hotline on 1800 880 052
• Emailing email@example.com
• Phoning AED Legal Centre on (03) 9639 4333 - leave a message or email firstname.lastname@example.org
AED Legal Centre is recognised by the federal government as a provider of legal advice once an offer has been made.
[Image; a group of 11 people standing in front of the Federal Court in Melbourne. They are wearing business clothes. In the centre is chief litigant Tyson Duval-Comrie - he is wearing a suit and sunglasses. Photo from AED Legal Centre.]