The Australian Disability Discrimination Act describes disability, which includes physical, intellectual, psychiatric, sensory, neurological and learning disability, physical disfigurement and the presence in the body of disease-causing organisms.
Australia Awards encourages the disclosure of disability as early as at the awards application stage, where there is an opportunity to share this on the application form. Disclosure of disability facilitates the provision of adjustment support during interviews and mobilisation for those who require this. For those who do not require adjustment support, it opens a space for discussion on managing the disability in a new environment (Australia) if they are awarded a scholarship. The disclosure of disability does not disadvantage an individual as a non-discrimination policy is in place to ensure merit and that privacy and confidentiality are respected.
A Disability Access and Equity Fund is in place to help overcome obstacles that persons with disabilities may face across the awards cycle, where possible. Reasonable accommodation is put in place to enable persons with disabilities to participate on an equal basis with others.
Disability inclusion outlines Australia Awards ongoing commitment to include people with disabilities both as participants in and beneficiaries of the program, and aims to:
- Enhance the participation and empowerment of persons with disabilities as contributors, leaders and decision makers
- Reduce poverty among people with disabilities and improve equality for people with disabilities in all areas of public life, including in education and employment
For more information, view the Australian Government’s Strategy for Disability Inclusion.