Employment and education

Returning to work

Return to work advisers are available to visit anyone with a disability at any stage of their return to work process. This can be in a hospital, home or community setting. They will provide assistance in areas such as resume writing, interview skills, workplace assessments and post-employment support.

There may be opportunities for you to return to your previous employer. The return to work adviser will discuss your needs and negotiate necessary contract amendments and workplace modifications with your employer. The adviser will also provide transitional and ongoing support to both you and your employer.

Return to work advisors are available from www.jobaccess.gov.au or contact the JobAccess Advisors on 1800 464 800 or contact SCIA Workforce Employment Service.

Employment services

  • EmployAbility, part of Spinal Cord Injuries Australia, is an employment service that offers advice, support and assistance as you make your way through the maze of programs and systems available to you.  Funded by the Department of Education, Employment and Workplace Relations (DEEWR), EmployAbility helps job seekers by providing services from pre-employment training, including job search training and career planning, through to post-employment support. Read more.
  • Disability Employment Services providers are a mix of large, medium and small, for-profit and not-for-profit organisations that are experienced in supporting job seekers with disability and experienced helping businesses to put in place practices that support the employee in the workplace. Look for a provider here.
  • PBF Australia are committed to helping people build the skills and confidence to move forward after a spinal cord injury. Through their offices in Perth and Brisbane, they provide employment opportunities for more than 40 paraplegic and quadriplegic working members in administration, public speaking and peer support roles. As a not for profit organisation, they appreciate that their success and reputation is built upon the dedication and professionalism of its employees, and wherever possible PBF Australia seek to provide employment opportunities for people living with a spinal cord injury. If you are interested in working with PBF Australia please contact them on 08 9388 3366 / 1800 809 780, This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it or visit the website.

Financial assistance for employers

JobAccess is a free information and advice service about the employment of people with disability. JobAccess helps people with disability, employers, service providers and the community to access information about services, financial assistance and workplace solutions. You can find useful information about reasonable adjustments, disclosure of disability, disability employment case studies, tools and checklists.

Job Access provides the Employment Assistance Fund, which is a fund to help people with disability to improve their access to work. It can help with the costs of installing accessible doors, ramps, adjusting heights of switches, assistive technology, Auslan interpreting and disability awareness training. For more information go to the Job Access website.

Education and training

The Australian Disability Clearinghouse on Education and Training provides information about inclusive teaching, learning and assessment strategies, accommodation and support services for people with disabilities. Supporting the work of disability practitioners and teachers the Australian Disability Clearinghouse on Education and Training (ADCET) provides post-secondary education, training and employment information and resources for people with disability or ongoing medical conditions.

The myfuture website is Australia's national career information and exploration service, helping people to make career decisions, plan career pathways and manage work transitions. On the website you will find:

  • My Guide, a career exploration tool. You can personalise My Guide to help you choose a career direction and plan your future
  • detailed career information about occupations, industries, education and training providers, courses and programs
  • information about career development, choosing school subjects, getting a job, starting your own business, working overseas and many other topics.


If you are not sure about your ability to hold a job or want to experiment with new skills a good way to start is through volunteer work. Websites dedicated to volunteering opportunities include www.volunteer.com.au, www.volunteers.org.au, and www.govolunteer.com.au.

Law relating to employing people with disabilities

The Australian Human Rights Commission has a very informative employment page setting out your rights under the law. 

For further information on this or any other topic please call SCIA by phone on 1800 819 775 or email  This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it  or visit the SCIA Library.

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