The Defence Administrative Assistance Program (DAAP) is a partnership with local Australian disability enterprises to provide people with disability the opportunity to engage in meaningful work.
Australian disability enterprises are, generally, not-for-profit organisations providing supported employment opportunities to people with disability. They are registered with the Department of Social Services and adhere to an independent quality assurance system.
Defence currently has DAAP teams in Gallipoli Barracks and RAAF Amberley, Queensland, RAAF Edinburgh, South Australia, and HMAS Stirling, Western Australia.
By the end of 2016, there will also be teams at Victoria Barracks Melbourne, Victoria, Holsworthy Barracks, New South Wales, and Lavarack Barracks, Queensland.
At a recent DAAP launch, the Secretary of Defence, Mr Dennis Richardson, acknowledged the capability that these teams provide Defence.
‘Defence achieves its strategic aims through a lot of people working together’, he said.
'Through providing this service, staff time that would otherwise be taken up with fulfilling administrative duties becomes available for core tasks.’
Cody from DAAP Gallipoli said he loves being part of the team.
‘The people here are some of the nicest I have ever met and I feel like I’m helping out Australia in some way by working for Defence’, he said.
Tyler and Andrew from DAAP Stirling said it was a dream come true to work at Garden Island in Western Australia.
‘A year ago we never thought we’d have the opportunity to work in such an exciting place’, they said. ‘We are increasing our confidence and see a genuine pathway to open employment.’
‘This feels like a real job.’