If you have an ongoing disability or an illness, you may be eligible for workplace adjustments to help you meet the inherent requirements of your job. These adjustments will be negotiated with your supervisor to ensure that you have the support you need to minimise the impact of your disability or illness on your job.
Workplace adjustments are changes introduced into the workplace that take account of your disability or illness. An inherent requirement is something that is ‘essential’ to the position. Inherent requirements are more than the primary task of a role; they include all of the core duties that fulfill a position.
Workplace adjustments could include:
- specialised equipment
- job redesign
- changes to working hours
In order to make a request for adjustments you will need to complete a Request for Workplace Adjustments (doc 575k) form and lodge it with your supervisor. You can ask your supervisor to assist you with this or contact Staff Services for further information and support.
If you are not comfortable lodging the request with your supervisor you may lodge the request with your supervisor’s manager or with Staff Services.
Once the request has been received a Workplace Adjustment Management Plan (doc 577k) will be developed in consultation with your supervisor and a recommendation for adjustments will be made.
If there is a concern raised about the ‘reasonableness’ of the adjustment request by either party, the matter should be referred to HR by your supervisor.
If you feel the process has not been carried out fairly, or you are dissatisfied with a decision you may contact the Equity and Diversity Unit to discuss your concerns.