If you’re working or looking for work, visit our employment page for information and advice on job-seeking, telling your boss and/or colleagues about your epilepsy, as well as managing your epilepsy in the workplace.
To increase your chances of landing the job you want, there are some things you can do:
- Focus on your abilities and strengths
- Emphasise your accomplishments (for example, in previous jobs or volunteer roles)
- Understand how/if/when you need to tell your employer about your epilepsy
- Know your rights.
There are laws that protect young people’s rights in the workplace, including the National Employment Standards. The standards cover things like hours, pay, and leave. To make sure that you are not being treated unfairly in the workplace, it’s good to understand what your rights are. Lawstuff have plenty of resources for understanding the law in your state, including discrimination in the workplace.
There are also several employment rights legal centres, legal aid services, and youth law organisations that can provide free information and referrals for young people about their employment including:
Australia-wide and/or interstate:
Australian Capital Territory:
New South Wales:
- Legal Aid New South Wales (all ages)
- Legal Services Commission of South Australia (all ages)
- Northern Territory Legal Aid Commission (all ages)
While you might not identify as having a disability, the broad legal definition of ‘disability’ helps ensure that you are protected from unfair treatment. If you need some free legal advice for your situation, you can contact a local disability legal service.