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Affirmative measures – Disability

This affirmative measure allows a particular job in the Australian Public Service (APS) to be open only to persons who have a disability, or a particular type of disability. This affirmative measure is designed to support the employment of people with disability in the APS. Candidates who apply under this affirmative measure need to meet minimum benchmarks to progress through the assessment stages.

Eligibility of applicants

Subsection 27(2) of the Australian Public Service Commissioner’s Directions 2016 provides that the agency head or delegate must ensure that only persons with a disability are eligible. Applicants who are shortlisted to the face-to-face stage of the recruitment process will be required to provide evidence of disability.

Evidence of disability

Evidence of disability does not need to include information about the type of disability, unless the vacancy itself has been restricted to persons with a particular type of disability.

Suitable evidence of a disability includes:

  • a certificate or letter from a registered medical practitioner
  • a letter from a Disability Employment Service provider; or
  • a letter from a secondary or tertiary institution disability services unit in relation to a recent student.

For further information on affirmative measures for recruiting people with disability, visit the Australian Public Service Commission’s website.


A vacancy advertised under RecruitAbility offers applicants an opportunity to progress to the next stage in the assessment process if they opt in to RecruitAbility and meet the minimum requirements of the role. Merit remains the basis for engagement and promotion.

Job applicants are advanced to a further stage in the selection process if they:

  • opt into the scheme
  • declare they have disability, and
  • meet the minimum requirements of a vacancy advertised under the scheme

Applicants with disability can opt in by ticking the RecruitAbility box when applying. Regardless of whether or not an applicant opts into RecruitAbility, they will have access to reasonable adjustments.

Ordinarily, only highly suitable applicants are shortlisted for further consideration by agencies for job vacancies. In contrast, applicants under RecruitAbility can progress to the next stage in the process if they meet the minimum requirements of the role.

Applicants who are assessed as not meeting the minimum requirements for the job, regardless of their participation in RecruitAbility, are not shortlisted for further consideration.



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