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ON-Q merger with BUSY At Work brings brighter future for QLD and NSW

Wednesday, June 21, 2017

The merger of two of the South East Queensland and Northern NSW region’s most trusted disability and apprenticeship employment services will create a brighter future and greater opportunities for clients in the region.

Nationally acclaimed BUSY At Work, based on the Gold Coast, has merged with ON-Q Human Resources and Disability Employment Services, which operates throughout northern New South Wales.

CEO of BUSY At Work, Paul Miles, said the Boards of the two organisations had approved the merger because it would give clients better services and improved access to specialist skills.

“BUSY At Work is already well known as one of Queensland’s largest and most trusted not-for-profit Australian Apprenticeship Network Providers and Employment Services organisation,” Mr Miles said.

“By combining our strength and capability with the knowledge and skills ON-Q has demonstrated in the disability employment sector, we will create a powerful force for providing outstanding service levels to clients.”

Mr Miles said ON-Q would continue to operate as a stand-alone brand, servicing its existing clients in current locations, but while drawing financial and organisational strength from The BUSY Group and contributing specialist knowledge.

“Behind the scenes, ON-Q will now be administered under the successful administration systems that BUSY At Work has developed over many years to help its interactions with clients and regulators.

“We believe this is a win for consumers, who will see a more rigorous governance structure applied to the already high level of service they enjoy.”

ON-Q Human Resources CEO Lisa Smith, who will continue in her role under the new structure, said she believed the two organisations would work together well, building on their proven strengths to deliver better services for clients.

“The discussions of the past couple of months have convinced us that we share very similar values. I am confident ON-Q will be a very comfortable fit within The BUSY Group.

“This new partnership will add size and strength to ON-Q’s market-leading knowledge of the disability services sector, and create a powerful force for servicing our valued clients.”

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MEDIA CONTACT: Leanne Macnamara, Public Relations Coordinator
0438 173 960 leanne.macnamara@busyatwork.com.au

About BUSY At Work:

BUSY At Work is the largest Queensland based Apprenticeship Network Provider and is Gold Coast based. It is a not-for-profit organisation providing apprenticeships, employment and community programs and is supported by the Australian Government.

BUSY now has over 40 offices located in Queensland, New South Wales, Victoria and Western Australia and have provided services to approximately 40,000 employers.

About ON-Q Human Resources
ON-Q Human Resources (ON-Q) is a successful not-for-profit provider of disability employment services in northern NSW and south east Queensland and has been supporting people with a disability for almost 30 years.

ON-Q is one of the few employment service providers with accreditation against both the National Standards for Disability Services and ISO certification as well as a provider of supports under the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS). ON-Q specialises in providing employment support to young people with disability who are transitioning from school into employment.

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