Reasonable adjustments

Reasonable adjustments can provide you with the opportunity to perform to the best of your ability and be as effective as possible in your role.

Common reasonable adjustments

Some of the more common reasonable adjustments in the workplace are:

  • providing flexible working hours, such as working part-time or starting and finishing later
  • moving a person with disability to a different office, shop or site closer to their home or onto the ground floor, or allowing them to work from home
  • moving furniture, widening a doorway or providing a ramp so that a person using a wheelchair or other mobility aid can get around comfortably and safely
  • redistributing to other team members some minor duties (ie not inherent requirements of a job) that a person with disability finds difficult to do
  • allowing a person with disability time off during working hours for necessary appointments
  • providing extra training, mentoring, supervision and support
  • buying or adapting equipment. For example, voice activated software for someone who is blind or has low vision, a phone that can be amplified for a person who is hard of hearing, or a digital recorder for someone who has difficulty taking written notes
  • structuring tests and interviews so a person with disability can prove their ability to do the job
  • providing Auslan interpreters for a person who is Deaf, or readers who read documents for someone who is blind or has low vision.

Staff requiring a reasonable adjustment

You have identified as having a disability and require adjustments to your work environment so that you can work to your full potential.

Your responsibilities

As a staff member with a disability, you should discuss the following with your supervisor as soon as possible:

  • how your disability/ illness or medical condition affects your work
  • what adjustments you require, including:
    • changes to physical work environment
    • changes in the way you conduct your tasks
    • amendments to your working hours.
  • how this has worked in previous employment and what you can bring to the workplace for setting up (this could include specific software programs that you would set up through DOI).

Note: If you are unsure of the adjustments you require, your supervisor can arrange for an assessment of your work environment to determine your needs:

  • meeting regularly to review the new arrangements and amend if necessary
  • whether your work colleagues should be advised of the adjustments that will be put in place. If necessary, you can choose to do this yourself or have your supervisor discuss it
  • complete an Employment Access Agreement (EAA) that outlines the above.

    Note: When signing off on the agreement, you will consent to who can access this information if you change roles within the University or you get a new supervisor. This will be outlined in the agreement. Your supervisor will give you a copy of the agreement and one will be kept on your personal file in a confidential envelop accessible to HR and those you have authorised to have access.