The government can help you to support employees with ill health or disability.
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Disability Employment Services
Disability Employment Services (DES) is the Australian Government’s employment service that helps people with disability find work and keep a job.
DES is delivered by a mix of large, medium and small, for-profit and not-for-profit organisations that support people with disability. DES providers can also work with employers to help them develop practices that support the employee in the workplace.
Modify your workplace to support people with disability
The Employment Assistance Fund (EAF) can help to eligible people with disability and mental health conditions and employers to buy work related modifications, equipment, workplace assistance and support services. The EAF is available to eligible people with disability who are about to start a job, are self-employed or who are currently working.
The EAF can cover more than just physical changes to the workplace. Other items often covered under the EAF include communications technology, Auslan (Australian Sign Language) interpreting, disability awareness training for staff, and specialist support for people with mental health
IncludeAbility is an initiative of the Australian Human Rights Commission to increase meaningful employment opportunities for people with disability, and to close the gap in workforce participation between people with disability and people without disability.
IncludeAbility is designed to support:
employers to create meaningful employment opportunities and accessible and inclusive workplaces for people with disability
people with disability seeking employment, developing a career or considering self-employment.
For more information on IncludeAbility, and to access a range of free resources and support, visit the website.