Disability

We are committed to providing an inclusive working environment for all staff. As part of this commitment, the University seeks to ensure equal opportunity for staff with disability and enables them to perform the genuine and reasonable requirements of their role by making appropriate and reasonable adjustments to the staff member’s workplace.

What is disability?

Disability is an aspect of human diversity. Disability may be permanent, temporary or fluctuating, and may have a minimal or substantial impact on a person's life. Disability does not just refer to a person's health or wellbeing. It involves the interaction between the unique features and functions of a person's body and mind and the environment and socio-political context in which they live.

Disability may include:

  • physical impairments
  • medical conditions
  • intellectual disabilities
  • learning disabilities
  • mental health conditions
  • neurological conditions
  • vision impairments
  • hearing impairments
  • mobility impairments

How to seek workplace adjustments?

Monash supports staff with disability to work safely and productively and to be treated fairly at work in line with Victoria’s Equal Opportunity Act (2010) and the Federal Disability Discrimination Act (1992). This includes making reasonable workplace adjustments when required.

Workplace adjustments refer to the changes made to almost any aspect of work to ensure that staff with disability have an equal opportunity to achieve their full potential as employees. Adjustments may include the provision of support services, accessible facilities, assistive technologies and software and/or the application of flexible work practices so as to facilitate the performance of work by an employee with a disability.

Many staff with disabilities do not require any adjustments in the workplace to carry out the genuine and reasonable requirements of their job and some may only need minor changes at minimal costs.

Staff with disability requesting reasonable workplace adjustments should discuss this with their supervisor or HR Business Partner or refer to:

What external assistance can you access?

The Employment Assistance Fund is a Federal Government initiative which provides employers with financial help for work-related equipment, modifications and services to appropriate adjust the workplace for staff with disability

Funding may be available for:

  • Workplace modifications and equipment
  • Assistive software and technology
  • Communication equipment
  • Auslan interpreting services for job interviews and work-related activities
  • Disability awareness training for existing staff.

An application for funding can be completed with the support of your supervisor and/or HR Business Partner.

Where to go for support?

For support and assistance speak to your supervisor or HR Business Partner.

Free, confidential counselling is available for you and your family through the Employee Assistance Program.