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Reasonable adjustments

For: Claimants Advocates

Reasonable adjustments, sometimes known as workplace adjustments, provide assistance to reduce any barriers to work. Reasonable adjustments can involve a change to a work process, practice, procedure or environment.

About reasonable adjustments

The Disability Discrimination Act (DDA) 1992 requires employers to make reasonable adjustments so a person with a disability can perform the inherent requirements of the job, unless this would cause ‘unjustifiable hardship’.

Workplace alterations, aids and appliances are also provided for under the Safety, Rehabilitation and Compensation Act 1988.

Benefits of reasonable adjustments

  • Supports you to stay at work or return to work and perform your role safely
  • Supports participation, independence and social inclusion.

Examples of reasonable adjustments

  • Flexibility in working hours
  • Moving location of work or allowing work from home
  • Redistributing minor duties
  • Providing additional training, mentoring, supervision and support
  • Providing equipment, such as speech recognition software for someone with vision impairment.

My role in reasonable adjustments

You can discuss adjustments that will support your recovery and return to work with your rehabilitation case manager at any time.

You can also provide feedback on the effectiveness of any adjustments to your rehabilitation case manager.

More information

For more information on reasonable adjustments and rehabilitation, see Return to work process for claimants.

The Australian Human Rights Commission has developed a website that has resources for employers and people with a disability seeking employment. For more information, visit IncludeAbility

Page last reviewed: 10 November 2021

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Date printed 21 Apr 2024