Disabilities

Staff with Disabilities

Western Sydney University is committed to creating an equitable and inclusive employment environment for staff with disabilities.

Staff may have an existing disability (predating employment) or an acquired disability of a temporary or permanent nature. Staff with a disability who require some adjustment to their work should discuss this with their supervisor or seek advice from Equity and Diversity.

Staff with disabilities have the right to:

  • apply for and be fairly considered for jobs on the basis of merit
  • equal opportunity for promotion and career development
  • equitable access to the full range of University employment conditions and the full range of University services
  • reasonable workplace accommodations where their disability does not prevent them fulfilling the inherent requirements of the job.

Western Sydney University has the following policies, services and resources to assist staff with disabilities:

Students with Disabilities

The Disability Service Unit of Student Support Services provides advice and support services to students with disabilities.

The Disability Service also provides advice to teaching staff who work with students with disabilities. (Requires staff login).

Student and Staff Carers

Carers play an essential role supporting vulnerable members across our community, and often do so while also managing demanding study and/or work responsibilities. The University recognises that this can cause considerable disadvantage to carers in their study and career progression. Western Sydney University also understands that the impact of carer responsibilities has tended to affect women predominantly, creating a major driver of gender inequality. To help build equal opportunity for those with carer responsibilities, the University encourages student and staff carers to request consideration of their carer role and access to support arrangements.

Western Sydney University supports carers as defined within the meaning of the Carers (Recognition) Act 2010 (NSW) (opens in new window).  The University considers a carer to be an individual who provides ongoing personal care, support and assistance to any other individual who needs it because that other individual:

  • is a person with disability within the meaning of the Disability Inclusion Act 2014 (NSW), or
  • has a medical condition (including a terminal or chronic illness), or
  • has a mental illness, or
  • is frail and aged.
Support Available at Western Sydney University

Students
Information on supports available to students can be found on the Western Sydney Students, Services and Facilities, Student Carers web page.

Additionally, connection can be made with the Disability Collective (opens in new window) which aims to support people with disability and carers of people with disability in removing barriers and discrimination.

Staff
The University can support staff who are carers with workplace reasonable adjustments to assist removing barriers in the workplace. For example, workplace adjustments for staff who are carers can include arrangements such as:

  • access to relevant leave
  • flexible working hours,
  • working remotely, and/or
  • personal support through the Employee Assistance Program (opens in new window)

Also, carers of family members experiencing domestic or family violence, are entitled under the enterprise agreements (opens in new window) to request flexible working conditions.

Flexible working arrangements and other reasonable adjustment requests for carers will be considered in conjunction with the inherent requirements of a carer’s work role, the care responsibilities of the staff member, and local operational requirements.

Further University information on workplace supports for carers includes:

External Supports Available

Department of Social Services/Carer Gateway

The Department of Social Services provides services and supports to carers. For more information about services for carers you can contact Carer Gateway on 1800422 737 or visit the website www.carergateway.gov.au. Carer Gateway provides a range of information that can help carers in their role, from practical advice and resources, to help finding support services.

Australian Human Rights Commission

The Australian Human Rights Commission provide guidance for carers in the workplace. Further information can be found at the Australian Human Rights Commission website (opens in new window)

The Human Rights Commission also has a Supporting Carers in the Workplace Toolkit (opens in new window) with resources to support unpaid carers.

Carers Australia

The Carers Australia website has further valuable resources for carers in the workplace including a Carers  Fact Sheet  (opens in new window)

National Carer’s week is acknowledged one week in October. Dates can be found on the Carers Australia Website (opens in new window)

Carers NSW

Carers NSW (opens in new window) can be contacted on 1800 242 636 for emotional support, information and resources.

Employee Assistance Program

EAP is a professional, confidential coaching service for employees and their immediate family members (spouse, partner, parents, parent’s in-law, children, etc), paid for by the University. It is free for you and your family.

EAP is a short-term, solution focused program aimed at assisting with personal or work related issues that may be impacting on quality of life or sense of well-being. It can be accessed 24/7, and includes face-to-face sessions, or telephone assistance.

This service is provided by an independent company called AccessEAP counsellors are all qualified, experienced professionals who have extensive training in coaching, counselling and workplace consulting.

Further information can be found at https://www.westernsydney.edu.au/whs/whs/health_and_wellbeing/employee_assistance_program or call  1800 81 87 28.

Supports available for those being cared for

Aged Care

If you are caring for someone who is elderly and requires ongoing supports to live independently at home, the myaged care website may provide advice on services available and an application for supports can be made through the website https://www.myagedcare.gov.au/ or by calling 1800 200 422.

Disability

If you are caring for someone with a disability, they may be eligible for support through the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS). For further information on the NDIS and eligibility requirements call 1800 800 110 or check out their web site www.ndis.gov.au.

The NDIS can also provide support for young children with disability and also young children who would benefit from early intervention support due to delays in meeting milestones under Early Childhood Early Intervention (ECEI) https://www.ndis.gov.au/understanding/families-and-carers/how-ecei-works-step-step-process. For further information, contact the NDIS directly.

Domestic Violence

There are a number of organisations that can provide support to someone experiencing domestic or family violence. Further information can be found at Equity and Diversity Rights and Protections.

National Disability Coordination Officer Program (NDCO)

Western Sydney University is funded by the Australian Government to establish and run the National Disability Coordination Officer Program in two Western Sydney regions, Western Sydney and South Western Sydney.

The NDCO program works to:

  • Establish better links between schools, universities, TAFEs, training providers and disability services providers so that they can work together to provide the best possible assistance for people with a disability.
  • Improve transitions for people with a disability from their school or community into post-school education, training and subsequent employment.
  • Increase participation by people with a disability in higher education, vocational education and training and employment.

For more information on the program, please visit the NDCO Regions website (opens in new window).

External Sites