Employment Assistance Fund

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Provides workers with a disability with funding for any workplace modifications, equipment or services required for them to perform their job.

Who can apply:

At a minimum, the worker must:

  • have an ongoing disability that has lasted (or is likely to last) for at least two years. The disability must limit, restrict or impair their ability to work
  • be an Australian resident
  • be employed for a minimum of eight hours per week, for at least 13 weeks.

Other eligibility criteria may apply.

Deadline to apply:

Applications may be made at any time.

Contact information:

1800 464 800

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Overview

The Employment Assistance Fund (EAF) helps people with disabilities and mental health conditions to buy work related modifications and services.

The EAF is available to people with disability who are about to start a job or who are currently working, as well as people who need help to find and prepare for a job. It is also available to people with disability who are self-employed, and jobseekers who need Auslan assistance, or special work equipment to look for and prepare for a job.

The EAF provides funding for work related modifications and services including:

  • the cost of modifications to the physical work environment
  • modifications to work vehicles
  • special equipment for the workplace
  • information and communicaiton devices
  • Auslan interpreting
  • specialist services for employees with specific learning disorders and mental health conditions
  • disability awareness training
  • deafness awareness training
  • mental health first aid training.

Eligibility criteria

To be eligible for the EAF, the person with disability must:

  • be an Australian citizen or permanent resident
  • be currently in a job that is expected to continue for 13 weeks or more
  • be working at least eight hours per week, or 20 hours per week if self-employed
  • have an ongoing disability that has lasted, or will last at least two years. Your disabilty must limit, restrict or impair your ability to work.

An EAF application can be submitted by:

  • an employer of a person with disability
  • an employee with disability
  • a self-employed worker with disability
  • a job seeker who requires Auslan Level 2 assistance or who requires work related assistive technology or special work equipment to look for and prepare for a job
  • a Disability Employment Services provider, jobactive provider, or a Community Development Programme provider on behalf of their participant or participant's employer.

A person may also apply for EAF assistance on behalf of someone with disability as their nominee.

Find out more about the eligibility criteria at Employment Assistance Fund.

How to apply

A person with disability that meets EAF eligibility can submit an online application. If you are the employer of a person with disability, you may also work with them to submit an application.

Find out more about how to apply at Employment Assistance Fund.

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