A group of employees with a disability at the Flagstaff Group are providing faster easier access Opal Card Day Passes.
The Unanderra based disability enterprise was recently awarded the contract to build and distribute the web-based ordering portal for Opal Card Day Passes.
Parliamentary Secretary for Transport and Infrastructure Mark Coure launched the new service that provides six people living with disability in the Wollongong area with supported employment at Flagstaff.
The ordering portal went live on October 8 and allows government departments, charities, tourism groups and not-for-profit organisations to easily access the purchase and supply of Opal Card Day Passes.
Previously the purchase of such passes had a turnaround time of eight weeks.
This new system using the team of six people with a disability at Flagstaff has significantly reduced the timeframe.
Ordering and delivery of Opal Card Day Passes now only takes five working days.
The six supported employees at Flagstaff completed the whole process of picking, packing and delivering the Opal passes.
Flagstaff Group chief executive Roy Rogers said it was exciting to think about what opportunities might come as a result of the social enterprise in Wollongong being awarded the contract.
“This project differs from regular work that is carried out by disability enterprises,” Mr Rogers said.
“I am proud that we are leading the way in trying different and innovative approaches to provide support and employment for people with a disability whilst servicing the community with such an important government contract.
“It shows Flagstaff’s versatility in delivering tailored products and services to the government sector”.
Flagstaff has been working with a number of partners to deliver the project and day passes on time.
The include the government, Westpac Bank and Wollongong based web company Internetrix.
Internetrix managing director Daniel Rowan was among many guests for the launch of the landmark opportunity for employees with a disability in the Illawarra.