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Disability Support

Our Disability Liaison Service helps you access the adjustments you need to be successful in your studies.

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We're committed to providing equal access for all our students, and to making sure students requiring disability support have all the assistance they need to access GOTAFE courses.

Support for a range of ability levels

We provide support for a range of differing ability levels, including but not limited to:

  • Physical disability
  • Mental health conditions
  • Visual impairments
  • Deafness or hearing loss
  • Intellectual disability
  • Learning disability
  • Medical and neurological conditions.

If you need disability support, please contact a Disability Liaison Officer (DLO) during your application process. We will consult with you and your teachers to develop an Individual Support Plan (ISP) that outlines your specific needs and the adjustments we can make to support these. Your ISP will be reviewed from time to time throughout your studies to make sure your needs are being met.

Supports and Adjustments

Some of the supports and adjustments we can make include:

  • Assistance with your course application and enrolment
  • Orientation to campus facilities
  • Classroom participation assistance
  • Tutorial assistance
  • Adaptive technology, such as Text to Speech programs, JAWS for the blind, ergonomic chairs and computer accessories, etc.
  • Alternative formatting
  • Liaison with teachers/coordinators
  • Assessment accommodations.

Individual plans and other forms of support

Other supports for on-campus study include Medical Action Plans for students at risk of seizures, anaphylactic shock, diabetes, and other life threatening medical conditions. We can also prepare Personal Emergency Evacuation Plans for students with physical disabilities (whether temporary or permanent) who may have difficulty evacuating themselves in the even of an emergency.

All discussions with DLOs are confidential. Please note that resources are limited, especially for distance and off-campus students, including in training and work environments.

Support for differently abled Apprentices

Apprentices who are Australian citizens with a disability may be eligible for additional support under the Australian Apprentices Incentives program. Disabled Australian Apprentice Wage Supports (DAAWS) offers a range of supports to eligible apprentices, including:

  • Tutorial assistance
  • Interpreting (Auslan)
  • Mentoring services.

Additional assistance may be available through the Employer Assistance Fund, which allows employers to provide a range of workplace modifications, including wage support.

Reasonable Adjustment Plan

The Reasonable Adjustment Plan allows anyone to apply for adjustments to their education, and recognises the diversity and individual circumstances that make up people’s lives. This initiative is inspired by the principles of the Federal Disability Discrimination Act 1992, and forms part of GOTAFE's broader commitment to embrace all diversity within our student, staff, and stakeholder communities as strengths contributing to our organisation and the broader community.

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