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Workplace Equipment

What if I don’t know what equipment I need at work for my disability? 

A free workplace assessment through the Employment Assistance Fund (EAF) is available to help you work out what modifications or equipment will best meet your needs and help you do your job. This is called a Workplace Modification Assessment.

Do I have to disclose my disability to my current or future employer? 

You have no legal obligation to tell your employer about your disability unless it is likely to affect your job performance or ability to work safely. In some situations, it may be practical to tell them, for example, if you need changes made to the workplace to help you work safely and productively.

What sort of extra equipment or services can be provided through the Employment Assistance Fund (EAF) to help me do my job?

Some examples of workplace changes or extra equipment or services to assist you at work include:

  • increasing lighting if you have vision impairment
  • provision of clear markings and colour contrasts on steps or pathways
  • building modifications to allow access to bathroom facilities if you have mobility issues.
  • 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.

Does my employer have to pay for me to undergo a workplace assessment to see what extra equipment I may need?

No. A free workplace assessment through the Employment Assistance Fund (EAF) is available to help work out what modifications or equipment will best meet your needs and help you do your job. This is called a Workplace Modification Assessment. The assessment is done by a qualified professional. The Assessor will look at your workplace and any barriers that may exist; and talk with you and your employer to find solutions to make your workplace more flexible and accessible.