Students with disabilities


Is Disability Services confidential?

Disability Services provides a confidential service. Personal information supplied will not be disclosed outside of the Disability Service without your permission and no indication of you using Disability Services will appear on your academic record.

No information about your disability or medical condition is passed outside the University without your explicit consent unless there is a legal requirement to do so.  Legal obligations to disclose personal information can occur as a result of a Duty of Care or a court Subpoena.  

What's a 'disability' or 'health condition'?

The definition of 'disability' in the Disability Discrimination Act is very broad and includes disabilities that are physical, intellectual, psychiatric, sensory, neurological, and related to learning. These may be permanent, fluctuating or temporary conditions.

Medical conditions may include, among other things, epilepsy, asthma, diabetes, kidney disorders, cystic fibrosis, cancer, hepatitis, chronic fatigue syndrome (CFS), and HIV/AIDS.

Mental health conditions, including depression and anxiety also come under the Disability Discrimination Act.

How do I register with Disability Services?

Disability Services requires supporting documentation from your treating practitioner (doctor, psychologist, psychiatrist, or physiotherapist) to determine eligibility and provide information on the impact on your learning to ensure that appropriate support can be provided. Ask your practitioner to write a letter and bring it to your first appointment with a Disability Adviser.

To book an appointment, call Campus Central toll free 1300 301 703

What is an Access Plan?

An Access Plan is a document prepared by the Disability Service for students with disabilities, mental health or medical conditions. The Access Plan does not contain personal medical information, but outlines the impact of your condition on your studies and some recommended adjustments including exam arrangements.   The Access Plan is a tool to negotiate academic adjustments with staff.

The adjustments which are negotiated and the information contained in the Access Plan are based on information provided by the student's treating practitioner.

To arrange an Access Plan you should contact the Disability Service.  

Who do I contact to organise my study program?

If you are finding it difficult to decide which units you should enrol in or if you have the necessary prerequisites you should contact your Program Director or school.  

What is special consideration? How could it help me?

If you believe your performance in an assessment item was adversely affected by illness, or other special circumstances, you may apply for special consideration. Applications are considered by Course Coordinators. For more information contact Campus Central or download the Application for Special Consideration form from Student Forms. Note that the application must be lodged at Campus Central no later than five (5) working days after the scheduled examination date or deadline for submission of the final assessment.  

What is a deferred examination?

A student who, due to exceptional circumstances beyond the student's control, is unable to attend an examination at the prescribed time may apply for a deferred examination. If approved, the student will be permitted to sit an examination in the secondary exam period. For exam timetable dates, see the exams website. For more information contact Campus Central or download the Application to Defer Final Assessment or Examination form from Student Forms. Note that the application must be lodged at Campus Central no later than five (5) working days after the scheduled examination date or deadline for submission of the final assessment.

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