People living with a disability or long-term medical condition
It can also be harder for people with a medical condition who encounter barriers from employer attitudes, the work environment, and the physical environment.
RMIT offers support to students with a disability to help them obtain and maintain employment.
Career counselling appointments
Booking a careers consultation appointment allows you to discuss any topics regarding career opportunities and your own abilities in a professional and confidential space. In this appointment you may wish to discuss:
- Career planning
- What job opportunities your program can lead to
- Job interview practice
- Resume and cover letter writing assistance
- Key Selection Criteria response writing help
- Further study possibilities
- Job searching tactics
Visit the career consultant booking page to book an on campus appointment.
For more detailed information or to ask questions you can email the team on firstname.lastname@example.org or call Tel. +61 3 9925 2655
Finding employers who value diversity
Finding an employer that values diversity can impact on your experience as an employee.
The Australian Network on Disability is a member-based organisation that supports employers who welcome people with disability as employees and customers. Their members web page provides a downloadable document that lists these employers.
The Australian Network on Disability facilitates the Stepping Into program, a paid internship scheme that matches university students with with disability with leading employers. There are many internship opportunities listed on their website. If you would like assistance with your application you can book a careers consultant appointment.
The GradConnection website provides a list of graduate employers that are ‘disability friendly’.
Jobs on Campus
Jobs on Campus provides paid employment opportunities on campus for students living with a disability. Roles are available on the RMIT CareerHub and vary from entry level positions to high level industry specific roles. For assistance with a Job on Campus application book a career consultation.
Connecting with a mentor is a valuable opportunity to receive guidance, encouragement and support in your professional life.
The Australian Network on Disability facilitates the PACE Mentoring program to connect job seekers with disability to mentors from leading Australian businesses. By joining the PACE Mentoring Program you will engage in a four month long commitment where you can set goals, discuss experiences, receive resume help, practice interviewing, among many other opportunities.
RMIT Mentoring connects students with industry professionals to receive career guidance, explore opportunities and expand your industry network. Mentoring options within the program include:
- Industry Mentoring
- Women@RMIT Mentoring (for females entering male dominated industries)
- PRIDE Mentoring
- Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Mentoring.
The legal definition of disability stated in the Disability Discrimination Act (1992) is complex, but simply put:
A disability may be visible or hidden, may be permanent or temporary and may have a minimal or substantial impact on a person’s abilities. The term disability also refers to people who have a medical condition, such as mental illness, diabetes, epilepsy or HIV AIDS. The majority of disabilities are invisible.
(Western Sydney National Disability Coordination Officer Program, 2009)
If you can identify how your medical condition might impact your ability to carry out a particular job, you and your employer can figure out the best way to negotiate your working environment and conditions.
To find the right career, everyone needs to identify and understand their skills, interests, values and personality. If you have a disability, you may also need to identify any barriers that might be posed by the work environment and job requirements. Depending on the nature of the medical condition, these barriers could range from working with people to negotiating stairs.
The way you address these issues, and if you’d like to involve your employer, will depend on whether you choose to disclose your medical condition.
Disclosing a medical condition to an employer can be a difficult decision, particularly if your medical condition is not visible. If your medical condition is obvious to others, it will probably be a question of ‘when’ to disclose rather than ‘if’ to disclose. If you decide to disclose a disability, it’s important to think about the timing, what you will disclose and how you will disclose.
If you’d like to know more about disclosing a disability or medical condition, read Choosing your path - disclosure: It's a personal decision and How to disclose disability to an employer through Jobaccess.
Knowing your rights and responsibilities is particularly important in relation to discrimination. Legally, direct discrimination is only applicable if an individual has disclosed their medical condition.
There are, however, instances of indirect discrimination, which is possible if an individual has not disclosed their disability. The Disability Discrimination Act (1992) protects people with a disability from discriminatory treatment in employment, particularly in recruitment processes and conditions of employment.
Reasonable adjustments are changes to a job to enable you to work effectively and carry out the inherent requirements of the job.
When you assess whether your medical condition may have an impact on a particular job, you’ll need to consider the degree of impact, and how best to determine the type of reasonable adjustments needed.
The Jobaccess workplace adjustment tool is a useful interactive resource that can help you get ideas about modifications to a job or workplace.
Reasonable adjustments may be needed through the entire recruitment process, right through to the end of employment. You might need extra time in recruitment tests, flexible work hours or different office furniture.
It’s important for your employer to understand that reasonable adjustments won’t prevent you from carrying out the inherent requirements of your job.
- Australian Employers' Network on Disability
- Broaden Your Horizons
- Choosing Your Path – Disclosure: It's A Personal Decision
- Disability Employment Services
- Job Service Australia
- My Career, My APS
- WISE Employment
- Job requirements and possible solutions
- Get ready for study and work
- Spinal Cord Injury Network of Professionals
- Wage Subsidy Scheme
- Toozly (Australia's largest job search website for people with disabilities)
- Public Transport Victoria (Access Travel Pass)
- City of Melbourne (Parking for people with disabilities)
National Disability Insurance Scheme
Information on what supports the NDIS will fund in relation to employment and how to determine whether a support is funded by the NDIS or the employment system.
NDIS - Mainstream interface: employment (PDF)