Job Support Fund
The Government anticipates employers will make reasonable accommodation when employing people with disability, and provides funding to cover any additional costs an employee has as a direct consequence of their disability, when undertaking the same job as a person without a disability.
More information about 'reasonable accommodation' is available here.
Job Support funding is available for, but not limited to:
- workplace assessments to establish the level of workplace support required
- modifications to a workplace
- job coaching (generally short-term) to assist the disabled person learn a new job, if their disability means they require extra assistance or a different format for learning the role
- purchase of additional physical support necessitated by the demands of the job (including on-the-job physiotherapy or attendant care)
- NZ Sign Language interpreter services - for Deaf or hearing impaired people
- special equipment to accommodate a person's disability
- additional costs of transport and parking, over and above the costs that a person without a disability would have
- a support person to provide on-the-job guidance and instruction to the employee
- Productivity Allowances that can cover any shortfalls in productivity related to a disabled person's disability. Each Productivity Allowance is tailored to the individual's needs
- induction training that is required because of the person's disability, or assistance with your standard induction programme to make it accessible to a new disabled employee
- disability awareness training for colleagues to promote a smooth entry into the workplace for both the disabled employee and other employees.
Modification Grants are administered by Work and Income. Modification Grants provide financial assistance to disabled people to help them gain or retain open employment, by removing barriers.
Open employment is defined as a job that is available to anyone in the community and meets the minimum terms and conditions of employment.
What can Modification Grants help with?
Modification Grants are paid to employers or suppliers to fund, or help fund, the following:
- modifications to the workplace, such as ramps and handrails
- adaptation of equipment, such as cordless phones where the equipment will remain with the employer should the employee leave
- purchase of specialised equipment necessary to take up or retain work, such as visual aids or computer equipment where the equipment will remain with the employer should the employee leave.
How does my employee apply?
Applications for Modification Grants can be made through Workbridge or Work and Income.