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The role of inherent requirement statements in Australian univesities

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posted on 2021-07-15, 10:36 authored by M Brett, Andrew Harvey, A Funston, R Spicer, A Wood

Australian university disability practitioners have long advocated statements that describe the inherent requirements of academic programs. Students are protected by the Disability Discrimination Act 1992 (Cth), which makes it unlawful to discriminate on the grounds of disability across a range of criteria that include denying access to any benefit provided by the educational authority, and developing curricula that will exclude a person from participation. Similarly, the Disability Standards for Education 2005 (Cth) require universities to make their programs accessible to students with disabilities and make reasonable adjustments to enable student participation. Reasonable adjustments routinely made include provision of additional time to complete assessment tasks and provision of academic information in ways that are accessible to relevant students (such as Braille readings or Auslan interpretation).


The authors wish to thank the National Centre for Student Equity in Higher Education (NCSEHE) at Curtin University for funding support. This report is based on a research grant received in 2015.


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National Centre for Student Equity in Higher Education

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  • Public sector research report


La Trobe University, Access and Achievement Research Unit

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Bundoora, Victoria


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