We are proud to announce we have been short listed for a National Award
The National Disability Awards recognise the achievements of people and organisations that have improved the lives of people with disability.
Griffith University has been nominated for the National Disability Employer of the Year 2016.
The Awards are a major part of the Commonwealth Government's celebration of International Day of People with Disability (IDPwD).
IDPwD on 3 December is an opportunity to make positive changes to the lives of 4 million Australians.
Griffith University is committed to equal opportunity and to encourage and support a diverse workforce. The University aims to be a place where people want to work and study. We have a number of plans and policies that reflect this commitment to not only meet our obligations under legislation such as the Disability Discrimination Act (1992) and the Disability Standards for Education but also to genuinely improve the access, participation, retention and success of staff and students
Staff with Disabilities
Griffith is committed to Equal Opportunity. A key priority of the University Equity Committee is to create an inclusive environment for students and staff.
We welcome applications for employment from people with disabilities.
New and existing staff are encouraged to provide their EO Information via the Griffith Portal. Provision of information helps the University to measure the results of strategies implemented, identify further needs and also helps us to meet Government reporting requires.
- Griffith Portal > Employment > Equity and Diversity > Equal opportunity information
Reasonable adjustments for staff
A reasonable adjustment is a term often used to refer to the removal of barriers and/or to changes made to work and/or the workplace to ensure that staff with a disability have an equal opportunity to achieve their full potential as staff members. Adjustments may be temporary or permanent depending on the nature of the disability, and the requirements of the individual staff member.
Staff who require adjustments to their workplace because of a disability or impairment (separate from those relating to Workers Compensation) will be provided with assistance, in line with the Disability Discrimination Act and the University's commitment to equal opportunity. Staff requiring an adjustment to their workplace, or managers requiring an adjustment for a new member of staff, can contact firstname.lastname@example.org in the first instance.
Adjustments may include:
- assistance to ensure there is no barrier in the selection process
- supply or modification of equipment, furniture or software
- adjustment to work arrangements
- training or retraining
- provision of information in suitable formats.
Students with Disabilities
At Griffith, we are always seeking ways to remove barriers to the participation of people with disabilities in higher education and improve access to the learning environment. Student Services provide a range of support to future and current students with disabilities as well as Griffith staff dealing with disability-related issues.
For further information on Students with disabilities, please see the Students with disabilities webpage.
What is a Disability?
Disability is a broad term used to cover a wide range of conditions and illnesses which can be temporary or permanent and may or may not restrict everyday activities. The definition of disability in the Disability and Discrimination Act 1992 includes:
- Neurological, and
- Learning disabilities, as well as
- Physical disfigurement, and
- The presence in the body of disease-causing organisms
- Have now,
- Had in the past (for example: a past episode of mental illness)
- May have in the future (eg: a family history of a disability which a person may also develop),
- Are believed to have (for example: if people think someone has AIDS). (Extracted from Disability and Discrimination Act 1992)
Note: this information was taken from the Australian Human Right's Commission's 'A brief guide to the Disability Discrimination Act'. To read the full guide, see the link below.
- EO Policy
- Human Rights Commission - A brief guide to the Disability Discrimination Act
- Job Access Australia - Help and workplace solutions for people with disabilities, including information regarding financial assistance offered by the Commonwealth Government to employers of people with disabilities.