Workplace arrangements

Some people with disability need specific arrangements to work, such as working part time, flexible leave or other supports. The majority do not.

Employed people

Most (88%) employed working-age people with disability do not require additional support from their employer to work. Of those who do:

  • 44% need special equipment
  • 24% need a special support person to assist or train them on the job (applies to salary or wage earners only)
  • 22% need to be allocated different duties (Table 1).

Table 1: Employed working-age people with disability(a) who need specific arrangements from employers to work, 2015 (%)

Employer arrangements needed

%

A special support person to assist or train on the job

23.9

Provided help from someone at work

14.8

Provided special equipment

43.7

Modified buildings/fittings

9.8

Provided special/free transport or parking

*3.2

Provided training/retraining

*7.3

Allocated different duties

22.0

Other

12.9

* Estimate has a relative standard error of 25–50% and should be used with caution.

(a) Aged 15–64 with disability living in households.

Note: More than one arrangement may be reported.

Source: ABS 2016; see also Table S1.

Most (83%) employed (salary or wage earning) working-age people with disability do not need time off from work because of their conditions. Of those who do, the most common arrangement is to work:

  • casual or part-time hours (54%)
  • flexible hours (22%) (Table 2).

Table 2: Employed working-age people with disability(a) who need specific leave arrangements from employers because of disability to work, 2015 (%)

Leave arrangements needed

%

Sick leave

12.3

Flexible hours

21.8

Recreation/annual leave

*3.8

Leave without pay

10.4

Casual/part-time hours

53.6

WorkCover/worker's compensation

6.2

Other

8.3

* Estimate has a relative standard error of 25–50% and should be used with caution.

(a) Aged 15–64 with disability living in households who earn wages or salary.

Note: More than one arrangement may be reported.

Source: ABS 2016; see also Table S2.

Unemployed people

Most (80%) unemployed working-aged people with disability do not require additional support from their employer to work. Of those who do:

  • 40% would need to be allocated different duties
  • 38% would require special equipment
  • 27% would require training or retraining (Table 3).

Table 3: Leading arrangements for unemployed working-age people with disability(a) who need specific arrangements from employers to work, 2015 (%)

Employer arrangements needed

%

Allocated different duties

39.6

Provided special equipment

38.2

Provided training/retraining

27.1

Provided help from someone at work

*20.8

Other

*17.9

* Estimate has a relative standard error of 25–50% and should be used with caution.

(a) Aged 15–64 with disability living in households.

Note: More than one arrangement may be reported.

Source: ABS 2016; see also Table S1.

References

ABS (Australian Bureau of Statistics) 2016. Microdata: disability, ageing and carers, Australia, 2015. ABS cat. no. 4430.0.30.002. Canberra: ABS. AIHW analysis of TableBuilder.