Recruit Ability logo and Australian Network on Disability logoThe department is committed to supporting the employment and career development of people with disability. Our participation in the APS RecruitAbility scheme means that we will progress an applicant with disability to a further stage in the recruitment process (usually interview), where they opt into the scheme and meet the minimum requirements for the vacancy.

How do I opt into the RecruitAbility scheme?

You will be asked to indicate if you wish to opt into the RecruitAbility scheme in the Diversity section of the application form. You must tick the ‘opt in’ box to participate in the scheme. Simply declaring that you have a disability will not automatically include you in the scheme.
More details about the RecruitAbility scheme can be found at the Australian Public Service Commission’s website.

What do we mean by disability?

For the purposes of the scheme, ‘disability’ is based on the Australian Bureau of Statistics definition and is a current limitation, restriction or impairment, which has lasted, or is likely to last, for at least six months and restricts everyday activities. This includes:

  • loss of sight (not corrected by glasses or contact lenses)
  • loss of hearing where communication is restricted, or, an aid to assist with or substitute for hearing is used
  • speech difficulties
  • shortness of breath or breathing difficulties causing restriction
  • chronic or recurrent pain or discomfort causing restriction
  • blackouts, fits, or loss of consciousness
  • difficulty learning or understanding
  • incomplete use of arms or fingers
  • difficulty gripping or holding things
  • incomplete use of feet or legs
  • nervous or emotional condition causing restriction
  • restriction in physical activities or in doing physical work
  • disfigurement or deformity
  • mental illness or condition requiring help or supervision
  • long-term effects of head injury, stroke or other brain damage causing restriction
  • receiving treatment or medication for any other long-term conditions or ailments and still restricted
  • any other long-term conditions resulting in a restriction.

The two parts of the definition are the presence of a limitation, restriction or impairment which restricts everyday activities; and the expected longevity of the condition (6 months or more). This also includes episodic conditions if they are likely to recur.

You do not need to provide evidence of your disability to opt into the scheme, but you are making a declaration to the APS that you meet the definition.

Reasonable adjustments and accessibility

The department is committed to providing a flexible, accessible and inclusive work environment, removing barriers and providing reasonable adjustments such as access, equipment or other practical support at relevant stages of the recruitment process. Please ask us if you need any adjustments made by emailing

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