At any time, you and your employer may agree to changes that will allow you to do your job better. This might mean making physical changes to your work area. It might mean changing the way you approach your job or how you are supervised.
Examples of changes to a work area or the work premises
a desk that can be adjusted for height if you are using a wheelchair
relocating filing cabinets to allow access if you have mobility issues
increasing lighting if you have vision impairment
provision of clear markings and colour contrasts on steps or pathways
a parking space close to the work premises if you are using a wheelchair
building modifications to allow access to bathroom facilities if you have mobility issues.
Examples of extra equipment or services that can be provided
lifting equipment if you cannot safely lift heavy objects
telephone typewriter (TTY) phone access if you are deaf, have hearing loss or have a speech impairment
screen-reading software if you have vision impairment
disability-specific equipment such as Braille equipment
access to Auslan interpreters if you are deaf or have hearing loss.
Examples of changes to work methods
written instructions, task lists, labels, prompts or reminders if you have memory problems
clear and constant daily routines if an intellectual disability affects your organisational skills
modifying the duties involved in the job
exchanging duties with a co-worker.
Financial help with changing the workplace
If you and your employer agree to make changes to help you do the job, you can tell your employer about the Employment Assistance Fund (EAF). Your employer may be eligible for funding under the EAF to cover the costs of modifying the workplace or purchasing special equipment.
If you work for a larger company or organisation, staff in the human resources department may be able to support you in discussions about changing your work area and methods.