Health & Healthcare

Removing barriers to disability employment with the Employment Assistance Fund

20 Apr 2017, by Informa Insights

JobAccess is the Australian Government’s national hub for disability employment, and includes the Employment Assistance Fund for workplace modifications and support. This vital service provides wide-ranging assistance, is easier to access than you might think, and has helped thousands of people with disability to get a job, keep a job or progress a career…

Wide-ranging assistance

A specially designed broom for a one handed cleaner. Disability awareness training for a workplace. Flexible start and finish times for a person with a mental health condition. These are just some of the many varied ways the Employment Assistance Fund (EAF) has helped to remove barriers to disability employment within a workplace.

JobAccess advisors are fully qualified, health professionals who can talk with people with disability, employers and service providers about managing disability in the workplace and provide tailored suggestions. This includes coordinating a national panel of assessors to conduct free workplace assessments and advising on workplace modifications and support which may be eligible for reimbursement through the EAF.

It’s important to remember it’s not only equipment which the EAF can fund. For example, you can get access to disability awareness training and AUSLAN interpreting to support managers or workmates. Many adjustments are also no or low cost – they may simply be adjustments to work routines or duties which can be easily implemented in the workplace to help employees with disability perform at their best.

Easy to access and free

Assistance is free of charge and provided via a dedicated call centre (1800 464 800) and comprehensive website. Callers can speak directly with a range of health professionals, including psychologists and occupational therapists, from anywhere in Australia. EAF guidelines and applications are available online.

The JobAccess team has years of accumulated knowledge about the best ways to remove workplace barriers for people with disability, ensuring the right modifications and adjustments are made quickly and efficiently to allow people to get on with their job. But don’t forget – many people with disability do not require modifications in their workplace – and for many others accommodations can be quite simple.

Helping people with disability get, keep and progress careers

Since its inception in 2006, JobAccess has received over 257,000 enquiries and facilitated over 35,000 applications for the EAF, removing direct barriers in the workplace for thousands of people with a broad range of disabilities. For more information on JobAccess including the EAF, visit the JobAccess website or speak with a JobAccess Advisor on 1800 464 800.

JobAccess is the national hub for workplace and employment information for people with disability, employers and service providers. It is funded by the Australian Government Department of Social Services and delivered by WorkFocus Australia.

dss-jobaccess-logo-basic-tag-rgbJobAccess brings together a wide range of employment tools, resources and services including a website, contact centre, the Employment Assistance Fund, and Employer Engagement Team which partners with employers. It also incorporates the Complaints Resolution and Referral Service and the National Disability Abuse and Neglect Hotline.

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