I have a question for all the Public service Riot readers out there. Is working for the APS really equal opportunity in regards to having a disability? More specifically a mental illness? A friend of mine is attempting to gain employment as an APS 1 or 2 but she is not sure whether to disclose the fact that she suffers from General Anxiety Disorder.
I have advised her not to because I work for a certain company that is part (local, ACT gov) government owned, like my friend I also suffer from a condition. I made the mistake of disclosing it to my employer quite a while ago (lower level manager) and it has just made my job a lot harder due to discrimination and just simple misunderstanding. In my previous jobs I never disclosed my problem and it just made things so much easier. I never thought that I would be treated the way I have when my performance is good and customer service delivery is great, especially from such a large apparently ‘PC’ organisation.
So honestly, should my friend disclose it on the application or not? Will they look at the application and just throw it away because it may mean she *might* be a little bit extra trouble in regards to needing the occasional help from HR? Any help would be appreciated…