How To Find Work In Australia When You Have A Disability

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How To Find Work In Australia When You Have A Disability

Disabilities come in all shapes and sizes. Some may prohibit you from working at all whereas others may only require slight modifications in order for you to maintain a career. And of course, there are a thousand other scenarios in between. 

Unfortunately, being physically and mentally able to work is just one part of the issue. Finding and maintaining a job can be a whole other challenge entirely. So, if you are living with a disability and have been struggling to find work. Here are a few things that might help – How This is how to find work in Australia when you have a disability.

Know your rights

As much as we’d like to think that all employees and hiring managers are fair and well educated about the limitations (or lack thereof) of a person with a disability; this isn’t always the case. Whilst many employers are supportive and understanding, some are ignorant and prejudiced.

To make sure you are not discriminated against because of your disability, you need to know your rights. You don’t have to be aggressive or defensive about the issue. Just explain what your situation is, how it will (or won’t) impact the workplace and what modifications (if any) you might need if you get the job.

A lot of the time, employers simply don’t know what is possible. And may choose to employ another candidate with the same amount of knowledge and experience as you just because they think it’s easier. However, in many cases, employers may be eligible for a wage subsidy by employing someone with a disability as well as ongoing support, so it’s worth knowing this information so that you can calmly explain everything and allow them to make an educated choice.

Ask for help

Depending on your disability, finding work may be difficult or you in a variety of ways. But there are organisations out there who specialise in employment services in Australia for those living with disabilities. These organisations are able to help you from the start of the process right through to providing support once you’re in the job.

These organisations can help you to figure out what you want to do and how you’re going to do it. They can also connect you with potential employers and job opportunities as well as help you to write a resume, prepare for an interview and adjust to the workplace. When it comes to finding a job, there is no reason you should have to do it alone. There is plenty of guidance and support out there for you so make sure you use it.

Use the NDIS

The National Disability Insurance Scheme has all sorts of helpful programs and initiatives that could benefit you. For example, if you’re a year 12 student thinking about the next step. The NDIS School Leaver Employment Supports (SLES) can offer individualised support. To help you build the skills you need to transition from school to employment.


There’s a lot of support available out there for workers and job seekers with disabilities. The key is being informed about all of the resources and organisations that are available to you. Also knowing exactly how and when to utilise them. If you’re a little overwhelmed and confused about the whole process. We suggest that you contact an employment provider who specialises in working with people with disabilities. As experts in the field, they will be able to connect you with various other organisations and give you access to all the information and support you need to succeed.

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Craig Evans

Hi, my name is Craig Evans. I am a finance fanatic and tech junkie based in Sydney, I frequently write articles related to Business & Marketing and am expanding my niche of writing by experimenting with different content.

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