Disability support

The universities that provide courses through OUA offer a range of alternative format study materials to support students with a disability, including:

  • Braille
  • E-text
  • DAISY format
  • Large print
  • Lecture transcripts

How to get support

To get the support you need to study online through OUA, it's important to nominate that you require assistance when enrolling. It's also important that you allow plenty of time to have your alternative format study materials organised. To do this:

  • Enrol at least one Study Period (13 weeks) in advance
  • When you're enrolling, either online or using paper enrolment form (PDF), complete the disability support questions and nominate that you need assistance
  • Contact the university that provides your course or unit directly (contact details below) to organise your alternative format study materials.

Arranging your exams

You can apply to have your special needs accommodated when sitting a supervised exam by contacting the disability officer at the university that provides your unit(s). You can find details for the disability officers at each of the OUA provider universities below.

How to apply for alternative exam arrangements


If you need to have any changes made to your exam arrangements you can apply for what's called an Alternative Assessment Arrangement (AAA).

As part of your AAA application, the university responsible for providing your course or unit will ask you to complete a Medical Evidence Form (PDF) with supporting evidence from a recognised practitioner and send these to the provider disability support services. The disability officers will then work with you to decide what arrangements can be made and will liaise with OUA Exam Services to make sure that your requirements are met.

Provider disability contacts

To learn more about alternative format materials and other disability support services, you can contact your course or unit provider directly using the details below.

Australian Catholic University
Equity and Disability Unit
Tel: +61 7 3623 7377
Email: carolyn.toonen@acu.edu.au

Australian Computer Society
Tel: 1800 671 003
Email: pam.barnes@acs.org.au
Web: www.acs.org.au

Charles Darwin University
Office of Student Administration and Equity Services

Tel: +61 8 8946 6288
Fax: +61 8 8946 6654
Email: kerrie.coulter@cdu.edu.au
Web: www.cdu.edu.au/ses/disabilitysupp.html

Curtin University
Disability Services
Tel: +61 8 9266 7850
Email: disabilityservices@curtin.edu.au

Griffith University
Tel: +61 7 3382 1159
Fax: +61 7 3382 1103
Email: disability-oua@griffith.edu.au
Web: www.griffith.edu.au/student-equity-services/support

La Trobe University
Equality and Diversity Centre
Tel: +61 3 9479 2900
Email: s.freeman@latrobe.edu.au
Web: www.latrobe.edu.au/students/equality/disability

Macquarie University
Disability Support Unit
Tel: +61 2 9850 6494 TTY: +61 2 9850 6493
Fax: +61 2 9850 6063
Email: equity@mq.edu.au
Web: www.campuslife.mq.edu.au/campus-wellbeing/disability-support-unit

Monash University
Disability Liaison Unit
Email: dlu@adm.monash.edu

Murdoch University
OUA Liaison Team
Tel: 1300 687 3624
Fax: +61 8 3960 6491
Email: oua@murdoch.edu.au

RMIT University
Disability Liaison Unit
Tel: +61 3 9925 1089
Email: dlu@rmit.edu.au

Swinburne University
Disability Support Service (HEd)
Tel: +61 3 9214 8500
Email: disability@swin.edu.au
Web: www.swinburne.edu.au/stuserv/disability/

University of New England
Student Disability Support

Tel: +61 2 6773 2897
Fax: +61 2 6773 4400
Email: tony.woods@une.edu.au
Web: www.une.edu.au/disability-support

University of South Australia
Disability Services
Tel: 1300 657 122 or +61 8 8302 2330
Fax: +61 8 8302 2363
Email: disability@unisa.edu.au
Web: http://w3.unisa.edu.au/disabilityservices

University of Western Australia
UniAcess - UWA's Disability Office

Tel: +61 8 6488 2423
Fax: +61 8 6488 1119
Email: uniaccess@uwa.edu.au
Web: www.transition.uwa.edu.au/welcome/disability_office



OUA Disability Contact Officer

You can get in touch with the OUA Disability Contact Officer by email: disability@open.edu.au

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