Disability is an umbrella term that covers:

  • impairments
  • activity limitations
  • participation restrictions.

Disability is not just a health problem: it is complex and reflects the interaction between features of a person’s body and features of the society in which they live. It can be both visible and invisible to others.

UQ is committed to:

  • supporting and promoting the right of people with disabilities to contribute and work on an equitable basis with other members of our community
  • developing and maintaining an environment that is accessible to people of all abilities.

Our initiatives for staff:

  • a best-practice Disability Action Plan provides an operational framework for UQ's commitment to ensuring our environment is accessible for people with all abilities
  • policies, based on relevant legislation, ensuring the inclusiveness and fair treatment of people with disabilities at UQ
  • support services, such as the Employee Assistance Program (EAP)
  • reasonable adjustment for people with disability, and for supervisors who manage staff who have a disability
  • training programs to educate and inform staff, particularly supervisors, of the challenges and barriers that persons with disability may face, and strategies for how they can assist staff members with disability by removing these barriers
  • resources and programs to develop and maintain an informed and inclusive culture within the UQ community
  • accessible facilities, resources and services that are of a high standard.

Access to facilities and parking

To find out about physical accessibility at UQ:

If any temporary barriers are required on campus, these are communicated through staff emails and the UQ Safe Zone app.

Accessible parking is available for staff who have a disability (PWD) or temporary mobility impairment.

The Library provides support services for staff with disability accessing the Library.

Adjusting your work environment

If your work environment needs to be adjusted to help you fulfil your work requirements, talk to your supervisor about what you need. Supervisors should work with HR staff to make reasonable workplace adjustments.The Ergonomics and Rehabilitation Advisor can also help with workstation set-up and ergonomics.

JobAccess is an Australian Government service that provides free information and advice about workplace solutions for employers and employees with a disability, including reasonable adjustments, disclosure of disability, disability employment case studies, tools and checklists.

Where possible, workplaces should implement universal design practices to ensure that all people can access and fully participate in the workplace.

Staff development and guides

UQ Disability Inclusion Group (UQ DIG)

The UQ Disability Inclusion Group provides a consultative mechanism for the development and implementation of disability inclusion initiatives across UQ.

Support services

We provide a range of mental health support services for staff and managers, including the Employee Assistance Program (EAP).

Staff or supervisors seeking support for staff for mental health concerns should contact their HR team. HR can refer the staff member to the Workplace Psychologist.

Disability active researchers across UQ

The UQ Disability Inclusion Group (UQ DIG) draws from a wide range of world leading scholars across UQ who advance ability equality and promote the full realization of all human rights and fundamental freedoms for all persons with disabilities.  UQ researchers are engaged in innovative and significant interdisciplinary research projects alone and collaborating within Schools and Faculties, and across School and Faculty boundaries on disability issues including:

Operation of law and public policies on managing disability

Persons with disabilities and their right to education

Persons with disabilities exercising their right to work

The capacity of persons with disabilities to exercise their right to live independently

Persons with disabilities participating in recreation and sport

Living with a disability

Stigma experienced by persons with disabilities

The above list of disability related experts at UQ is far from comprehensive. A full list of UQ researchers can be found on UQ Experts under ableism, disability or neurodiversity at work.

Web accessibility

The Web Content Accessibility Guidelines 2.0 Level AA (WCAG) provide guidelines of how to ensure a website is accessible. Compliance with these guidelines is recommended by the Australian Human Rights Commission and is adhered to by all government websites.

Our web publishing guides include a section on our responsibilities and obligations as a university in regards to web accessibility.

In-built functions in Microsoft Word and Adobe Acrobat allow you to test the accessibility of your document, and provide tips on how to fix any issues.

Travelling for UQ Work

The UQ Staff Disability Travel Fund (PDF, 503.8 KB) provides funding to cover the additional costs associated with disability when staff with disability are travelling for work-related purposes, as per the University Travel Management Policy and other relevant policies. The Travel Fund may be used for a diverse range of reasonable supports, including:

  • a travelling companion or in-location carer/guide;
  • a person to assist with communication in-location;
  • assistive mechanisms, such as a wheelchair; and/or
  • hiring medical equipment in-location.

To apply for the Travel Fund, staff should submit an application via email to their local decision maker or directly to Workplace Diversity and Inclusion in situations where non-disclosure of the disability is preferred which:

  • confirms their eligibility to access the Travel Fund;
  • outlines the nature of the travel and impact on career outcomes;
  • outlines how the Travel Fund will be used;
  • an itemised account of intended costs;
  • includes any other relevant information.

Please see the UQ Staff Disability Travel Fund (PDF, 503.8 KB) for further information and for any additional questions, please don't hesitate to contact Workplace Diversity and Inclusion at ideals@uq.edu.au