Factsheet: RecruitAbility

The Department of Infrastructure and Regional Development is committed to supporting the employment and career development of people with disability and will be participating in the APS RecruitAbility scheme for the Department's 2017 Graduate Development Program. This means that applicants who identify as having a disability, who opt into the RecruitAbility scheme, and who meet the minimum requirements of the vacancy will be progressed to the next stage in the recruitment process.

Details about the RecruitAbility scheme can be found at the Australian Public Service Commission's website.

How do I opt into the RecruitAbility scheme?

In the application form for the 2017 Graduate Development Program you will be asked to indicate if you wish to opt into the RecruitAbility scheme. To participate in the scheme, you must identify as a person with disability and say yes in the 'opt in' box. Simply declaring that you have a disability will not automatically include you in the scheme.

What does 'minimum requirements' mean?

Minimum requirements refers to applicants meeting all the eligibility requirements for the RecruitAbility scheme (see below) and meeting a minimum score in their application. This score will be determined by the applications received for the 2017 Graduate Development Program.

To be eligible for the program, candidates must:

  • be an Australian Citizen;
  • be eligible to obtain a security clearance;
  • have completed at least a three year undergraduate degree by January 2017;
  • have achieved a credit average; and
  • be prepared to relocate to Canberra.

What information do you need about my disability?

You are not required to share details of your disability with us. It is helpful if you let us know if you require any reasonable adjustments for us to support you throughout the recruitment process.

Entrusted parties such as the recruitment panel or the Graduate Development Program Manager may be made aware that you have opted into the scheme for the purposes of support and reasonable adjustment/s.

Reasonable adjustments

We provide reasonable adjustments to people with a disability such as access, equipment or other practical support at relevant stages of the recruitment process. Please let us know if you need any adjustments by contacting the Recruitment Programs Coordinator on 02 6274 6161 or entrylevel@infrastructure.gov.au. Reasonable adjustments are also made on the job for people with disability. What do we mean by disability?

For the purposes of the RecruitAbility 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.

RecruitAbility is about self-disclosure; 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.

For more information on RecruitAbility in the Department's Graduate Development Program please contact the Recruitment Programs Coordinator on 02 6274 6161 or entrylevel@infrastructure.gov.au.

For information and support for people with a disability in the Department visit Diversity: Sharing Our Stories or contact the diversity officer 02 6274 8100 or diversity@infrastructure.gov.au.

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Last Updated: 4 March, 2016