Disability and Recruitment

RecruitAbility scheme

Austrade participates in the APS RecruitAbility scheme to support employment of people with a disability.

About the scheme

Austrade’s participation in the APS RecruitAbility scheme means we will progress an applicant with disability to a further stage in the recruitment process, where they opt into the scheme and meet the minimum requirements for the position. Only A-based roles are included in the APS RecruitAbility scheme (recruitment of OEE roles are not covered by the scheme).


Under the scheme, applicants will be automatically progressed to further assessment stages if they:

  1. identify as having a disability
  2. choose to opt into the scheme
  3. meet the minimum job requirements.

Simply declaring that you have a disability will not automatically include you in the scheme.

What do we mean by disability?

For the purposes of the scheme, ‘disability’ is: a limitation, restriction or impairment, which has lasted, or is likely to last, for at least 6 months and restricts everyday activities, including:

  • loss of sight not corrected by glasses or contact lenses
  • loss of hearing where communication is restricted or an aid is required to assist with, or substitute for, hearing
  • 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 being restricted
  • any other long-term conditions resulting in a restriction.

The are two parts of the ‘disability’ definition: the presence of a limitation, restriction or impairment which restricts everyday activities; and the expected longevity of the condition (6 months or more). This also includes episodic conditions.

Selection process

If you choose to opt in to the scheme when submitting your application for an A-based role you may skip certain steps or progress in the selection process. This provides you with a better opportunity to demonstrate your skills and experience for a role.

We continue the standard selection process to choose the most suitable applicant for the vacancy.

To read more about the RecruitAbility scheme.

If you would like more information or have any questions, please email recruitment@austrade.gov.au.

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