To access our Disability Support services register now with the Disability Support Unit or contact us as early as possible to request a service.

Support services

To access these services:

  • register now with the Disability Support Service.
  • contact us as early as possible to request a support service.

Requests for services are assessed individually. Access to some services can take up to four weeks.

ServiceWhat we do

Advocacy

Contact us if you need help negotiating reasonable adjustments for lectures, tutorials and assessment tasks.

Assessment support

Talk to your lecturer first and, if needed, we can help you negotiate flexible assessment due dates and alternative assessment arrangements.

Auslan or signed English interpreters

We can arrange interpreters to support students in lectures and tutorials as well as in some assessment contexts.

Computer access

This may include providing a large computer screen or screen enlargement software or the provision of an accessible desk in a computer lab. It may include one-on-one training on how to use an adaptive software program or a trackball pointing device.

Equipment loans

The Adaptive Technology Centre provides equipment loans to eligible students. This may include different types of digital audio recorders, hearing augmentation devices, and trackballs. Loans are managed through the library system.

Ergonomic furniture

We have a range of ergonomic furniture and aids available for loan including:

  • back supports
  • book holders
  • ergonomic chairs
  • height-adjustable desks for sitting or standing
  • lecterns
  • mattresses for resting and stretching whilst studying
  • monitor arms
  • reading stands

Fact sheets and resources

Access fact sheets and resources to support your study pathways.

Formal exam support

Alternative arrangements for formal examinations are available. These may include extra time to complete an exam, ergonomic furniture or accessible format exam papers. You need to register and apply for this support in advance of your examinations.

You can also apply for adjustments for school and class exams or tests. These are exams and tests that do not occur in the formal examination period. Your alternative arrangements for school based exams and tests will be outlined on an Academic Integration Plan once you are registered.

Lecture support

We can help you access lectures through:

  • FM and infrared audio systems
  • notes supplied by lecturer
  • notetaking
  • placement of ergonomic furniture
  • recordings of lectures
  • room changes to accessible rooms (if a class is timetabled in an inaccessible room)
  • sign language interpreters

Lecture venue information

Talk to your lecturer or your disability adviser or contact the Adaptive Technology Centre for information regarding the equipment and technology installed in your lecture or seminar venue and how it might be used to meet your access needs.

Library support

We may be able to assist you with physical access to our libraries and with obtaining materials.

Mobility bus service on campus

Mobility assistance around campus may be available if your disability makes it difficult to move around campus. Once you are registered, you will need to book this service at least one week in advance. Once you have your uni timetable, contact us to arrange regular on campus mobility assistance.

Notetaking

If you are unable to take notes in lectures you can apply to have notes supplied. These notes may be supplied directly from the lecturer or through the employment of a notetaker.

Parking

Visitors with an RTA Mobility Permit displayed are eligible for free parking in disabled, staff and general car parking spaces at our campuses.

If you need closer parking because of a temporary medical condition you can apply for a University disability access permit.

Print materials in accessible formats

The Adaptive Technology Centre can convert printed and digital reading material into accessible formats for students who have a documented print disability. This could include a hard copy course reader, a required textbook or a PDF document from an online database. A range of accessible formats can be provided depending on your level of print disability, the type of reading material being converted and your computer competency.

Technology to support your access to learning materials

We offer technology that will support your access to learning materials including:

  • adaptive technology information and advice
  • screen enlargement software
  • screenreading software
  • text to speech software
  • TTY phone
  • training in how to use adaptive software
  • voice activated software