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Progress and achievements

Our key milestones to date

We want to be Australia’s leading tertiary education provider for all students. Here is a snapshot of the progress we’ve made since 2003, towards improving access for people with disabilities. 

Key milestones and achievements

  • JFR access improvements made

    2003-08: Construction of the Jane Foss Russell Building and the pedestrian bridge across high-traffic City Road; includes a new lift and accessible ramp.
  • Eastern Avenue upgrades

    2008: Significant improvements were made to the accessibility of Eastern Avenue, the most densely populated part of campus.
  • Online accessibility guidelines introduced

    2009: Creation of an accessibility assessment service to ensure websites, applications and online resources are compliant with Web Content Accessibility Guidelines (WCAG).
  • WCAG integrated

    2009: Digital content now uses templates and working practices to satisfy an AA rating for web content accessibility.
  • Improved lecture accessibility

    2009: Live remote captioning in lecture theatres is introduced for students with profound deafness. The introduction of Lectopia allows lecturers to record their lessons and upload them to WebCT.
  • Disability Consultative Committee established

    November 2013: A committee of university staff is established to review the Disability Action Plan four times each year.
  • Laffan Fellowship established

    Fellowship is made available to researchers who have (or recently experienced) a disability for a significant period of time. Recipients granted $60,000 in research funding over two semesters.
  • Disability awareness training

    Human Resources introduce new training and processes to increase staff awareness of disability within the university community.
  • Blackboard Learn launches

    The existing online student portal WebCT is replaced with a better system that addresses long-standing accessibility issues.
  • Assistive Technology Room opens in Fisher Library

    2010: Specialist computer hardware and software is made available, through which students can access course content and other materials.
  • Physics, Edward Ford and Institute buildings upgraded

    2010-12: New lifts, ramps and accessible bathrooms are installed in multiple buildings across campus.
  • Accessible Environment Plan priority list finalised

    2013: Campus Infrastructure and Services commences an audit of 170 buildings and campuses to review completed projects, and identify a future master plan for accessibility. A priority list is made for 2013 – 2017.
  • Launch of Disability Awareness Week

    2014: The launch of Disability Awareness Week which is now an annual event raising awareness about disability, changing attitudes, and developing a disability confident University.

Disability Action Plan 2013-18

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