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What does ‘inherent requirements of the job’ actually mean?

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What does ‘inherent requirements of the job’ actually mean?

Assessing the ‘inherent requirements of the job’ involves an objective test as to what is actually required of that position. In the High Court case of X v The Commonwealth [1999] HCA 63, it was held that inherent requirements of a job means the essential elements of the job which does not typically include remote or peripheral tasks. This is not limited to physical ability or skill of an employee, and the assessment should contemplate the way the job is performed as well as terms of appointment. In this sense, position descriptions, contracts of employment and the nature of the business are particularly useful to determine the inherent requirements.

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