Accessibility Legislation and Policy

The law protects your right to access learning on the same basis as any other student. Important legal obligations underpin our services.

Definition of disability

The definition of disability adopted by JCU is that which appears in Section 4 of the Commonwealth Disability Discrimination Act (DDA) 1992.

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.

Inherent Requirements

Inherent Requirements are the capabilities, knowledge and skills that are essential to achieve the core learning outcomes of a program or to satisfy curriculum requirements.

An adjustment is not reasonable if it:

  • Compromises the integrity of the program or course or assessment requirements and processes, or
  • Removes or bypasses any Inherent Requirements.

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