EAF support increased to bridge disability employment gap18 April 2023
Image: a woman communicates using sign language.
Employers and people with disability may be eligible for increased funding support through the Employment Assistance Fund (EAF).
The EAF provides financial help for work-related modifications. It includes funding for accessible equipment, disability awareness training and Auslan interpreting.
Minister for Social Services Amanda Rishworth recently announced changes to EAF caps. It is the first change to EAF caps since 2010.
Under these changes, the yearly funding for Auslan Level 1 interpreting has doubled from $6,000 to $12,000.
Additionally, the requirement to apply for Auslan interpreters to be present at job interviews or work-related activities has changed. Employers can lodge these five business days post-interview or work activity. It will ensure Deaf employees and employers don't miss out on Auslan support in the workplace.
The building modifications cap has also increased from $30,000 to $60,000. It includes installing accessible facilities, such as lifts, washrooms, ramps and automatic doors.
Indexation will apply to all capped components of the EAF from 1 July 2023.
These announcements show the Government's commitment to improving funding available through the EAF. It will enable people with disability to access the support they need to get work, keep working and progress in their careers.
Visit the JobAccess website for more information about the EAF.