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Legislation, policy and privacy

Important legal obligations underpin our services

Your right to access learning on the same basis as any other student is protected by law.

Definition of disability

The Disability Discrimination Act 1992 recognises that disability may be permanent, intermittent or temporary; acquired or lifelong; visible or invisible.

The Disability Discrimination Act 1992 defines disability to include:

  • deafness/hearing impairment
  • blindness/vision impairment
  • physical disability
  • specific learning disability
  • psychiatric/psychological disability
  • acquired brain injury
  • chronic medical conditions
  • temporary disability.

What are reasonable adjustments?

As set out by the Disability Standards for Education (2005), we are required to make reasonable adjustments to ensure students with disabilities have equal access to education.

That means we are responsible for ensuring an even playing field for all students, whether that be in relation to enrolment and admission, academic performance, or use of university facilities and services.

In defining what’s reasonable, we look at:

  • your disability
  • your views or the view of your associates
  • the impact of the adjustment – including how it affects your independence and your ability to achieve learning outcomes and participate in courses
  • the impact of the proposed adjustment on anyone else affected, including the University, staff and other students
  • the costs and benefits of making the adjustment.

We also consider whether there are any other reasonable adjustments with the same benefit that would be less disruptive and intrusive.

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