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South Eastern Sydney Local Health District
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Disability Employment

SESLHD embraces diversity and encourages applications from people with disability. We are committed to making reasonable adjustments to provide a positive, barrier-free recruitment process and supportive workplace.

If you are applying for jobs within SESLHD and have support or access requirements, let us know through your application or hiring manager. We will work with you to identify the best way to assist you.

Applying for a Job

South Eastern Sydney Local Health District (SESLHD) is committed to ensuring an inclusive workplace that is welcoming to people from all backgrounds including people with disability. A career with us offers you the opportunity for challenging and rewarding work with NSW Health.

We employ over 11,000 staff and offer a wide range of positions across many different types of work. These include administration, customer service, clinical positions and domestic services.

How do I apply for a job with SESLHD?

Jobs are advertised online at I Work for NSW. You can filter jobs on this page by all agencies and select 'Health' and then select organisation name and select "South Eastern Sydney Local Health District" to find SESLHD jobs and apply for positions online.

Make sure you attach an up-to-date resume and separately address each of the selection criteria in the advertised position otherwise your application cannot be considered.

It is recommended that you contact the nominated person on the advertisement to find out more about the position prior to submitting your application. This allows you an opportunity to introduce yourself and may assist you in preparing your application
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How do I seek adjustments to the recruitment process?

If you require adjustments to the recruitment process including interviews, please contact the recruiting manager as soon as possible. A range of adjustments may be provided depending on individual requirements and could include:
  • Auslan interpreting
  • Additional time to complete assessments (where these are required)
  • Presence of a support person at the interview
  • Assistance completing your application

Targeted Positions and Confirmation of Disability Status

A targeted position is one in which applicants with disability will be preferentially considered over mainstream applicants.

Applicants may be required to provide verification that they are a person with disability that is long term and likely to last for more than 12 months. Verification would only be required if the person’s disability was not apparent. In this case, the following would be acceptable mechanisms:

  • Confirmation that they are a client of a Disability Employment Agency or Service
  • Confirmation in writing from a medical practitioner or provision of a report by relevant health professional

Workplace Adjustments

There are many different kinds of disability and activity limitations. These can result from accidents, illness or genetic disorders. For example, disability can affect a person’s mobility, learning, vision, hearing, speech, mental health, dexterity and capacity to learn. Other examples include narcolepsy, epilepsy, dyslexia, autism spectrum disorder and Aspergers. People with disability may experience barriers in the workplace which prevent or make it difficult for them to do their job.

What are workplace adjustments?

A workplace adjustment is a change to a process, practice, procedure or environment that addresses any barriers that exist. It enables an employee to do their job and ensures a job applicant can compete in a level playing field with other applicants.

Examples of reasonable workplace adjustments include:

  • Adjustable office equipment and/or furniture
  • Auslan interpreters, visual alarms and special software or telephones for people who are deaf
  • Modified screen or screen reading software for people with vision impairment
  • Additional time for an interview with a person who uses a speech generating device
  • Allowing a support person to be present for an interview with a person with intellectual disability
  • Modification of the physical workplace and access to the workplace
  • Flexible working arrangements if a person relies on a carer to get them ready in the morning
  • Assistance with completing their application

Are there any limits to workplace adjustments?

We have a duty to provide workplace adjustments to staff with disability unless it can be demonstrated that doing so would cause unreasonable hardship for the organisation, for example, if the cost is so high that the organisation could not accommodate it. We are only required to provide an adjustment if this will enable the person to do their job.
 

Disability Employment Services (DES)

Disability Employment Services (DES) provides a range of services, including:

  • helping you to prepare for work, including training in specific job skills, job search support such as resume development, training in interview skills and help you with looking for suitable jobs
  • support you when you are initially placed into a job, including on the job training and co-worker and employer interaction and ongoing support in a job if you need it
  • the purchase of vocational training and other employment related assistance,
  • access to help with workplace modification and support services
  • Auslan interpreting in the workplace.

JobAccess

JobAccess is the national hub for all things disability employment. JobAccess is funded by the Australian Government department of Social Services. JobAccess provides information on, for example:

  • Financial support
  • Workplace modifications
  • Help with finding and changing jobs
  • Creating flexible work environments
  • Links to career advice and training courses
  • Connecting with employers, providers and peak bodies
  • A range of other tools and resources for people with disability, employers and service providers

Click here to access JobAccess site