Disability and workforce modifications

An inclusive workplace requires a few changes. However, the benefits from disability and workforce modifications are worth it.
MatchWorks is here to assist employers in preparing to welcome and retain an employee with a disability.
Contact us to discuss how to make your workplace accessible for everyone.

Mobility

The first step in the process for disability and workforce modifications is to audit your workplace to ensure it is accessible for people with a disability.

Most newer buildings should comply with the Disability Discrimination Act’s minimum accessibility requirements.  However, older premises may need updating.

Works may include but are not limited to:

  • installing access ramps
  • widening doors and passageways
  • accessible toilets
  • accessible kitchenettes
  • upgrading handrails
  • Tactile tiles
  • braille options for signage
  • hearing loops
  • lifts

Assistive and adaptive technology

MatchWorks supports employers to introduce assistive and adaptive technologies to improve communication, mobility and productivity in the workplace.

  • Adapt existing equipment to suit the needs of an employee with a disability.
  • Acquire new software or equipment to help your employee complete their job tasks with better ease and/or independence.

To with us about available funding to support this equipment for eligible staff.

Policies and procedures

Review current workplace policies and procedures.

  • An employee with a disability may need flexible working arrangements.
  • Amend position roles to transfer minor duties not central to the job which a person with a disability may find hard to perform.
  • Train staff in disability and mental health awareness to increase their knowledge and understanding of people with a disability.

Job in Jeopardy assistance

If you have an employee whose illness, disability or medical condition is impacting their performance at work, MatchWorks may be able to assist you to support your employee in their current position.

  • We work with you and your employee to identify funding opportunities or other support
  • Job in Jeopardy is a no-charge service. Your employee doesn’t need to receive Department of Human Services payments or have an Employment Services Assessment.

Support may include:

  • allocating a specialist consultant to your workplace
  • conducting workplace assessments
  • providing advice about job redesign
  • offering training to support job retention
  • providing specialist equipment.

See also: Department of Human Services – Job in Jeopardy Assistance

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