Disability support

Disability shouldn't be a barrier to study, and the universities we work with agree. Your university provides dedicated disability support services, so you’ll have everything you need to be successful.

If you’re a student with a disability, the universities that provide degrees through OUA will offer alternative format study materials to support you. These can include:

  • braille
  • e-text
  • DAISY format
  • large print
  • lecture transcripts

How to get support

Enrolment is the right time to let us know that you need support. Additionally, allow plenty of time to get your alternative format study materials and arrangements organised. To do this:

  • Where possible, enrol at least one study term, or 10 weeks in advance.
  • When you're enrolling, either online* or with an OUA student advisor, complete the disability support questions and nominate that you need assistance.
  • Contact the uni that provides your degree or subject—we’ve listed uni contact details below—to organise your alternative study arrangements.

*If you need a paper enrolment form, contact the OUA Disability Contact Officer, disability@open.edu.au.

Arranging your exams

Contact the disability officer at your uni to apply to have your special needs accommodated during your exams. We’ve listed uni contact details for disability officers below.

How to apply for alternative exam arrangements

You can apply for an Alternative Assessment Arrangement (AAA) if you need to change your exam arrangements to meet your special needs.

As part of your AAA application, your uni will ask you to complete a Medical evidence form. You’ll need to supply supporting evidence from a recognised practitioner, and send the form and your evidence to your uni’s disability support services. The disability officers will work with you to decide what arrangements can be made. They’ll liaise with OUA Exam Services to make sure that your requirements are met.

University disability contacts

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

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

Charles Darwin University
Office of Student Administration and Equity Services
Phone: +61 8 8946 6288
Fax: +61 8 8946 6654
email: kerrie.coulter@cdu.edu.au
Web: www.cdu.edu.au/equity-services/disability-services

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

Griffith University
Phone: +61 7 3382 1159
Fax: +61 7 3382 1103
email: disability-oua@griffith.edu.au
Web: www.griffith.edu.au/student-services/diversity-and-inclusion/students-with-disabilities

La Trobe University
Equality and Diversity Centre
Phone: +61 3 9479 2900
email: equity@latrobe.edu.au
Web: www.latrobe.edu.au/students/wellbeing

Macquarie University
Disability Support Unit
Phone: +61 2 9850 7497
Fax: +61 2 9850 6063
email: campuswellbeing@mq.edu.au
Web: mq.edu.au/disability

Murdoch University
OUA Liaison Team
Phone: (08) 9360 6084
Fax: (08) 9360 6084
email: equity@murdoch.edu.au

RMIT University
Equitable Learning Services
Phone: +61 3 9925 1089
email: els@rmit.edu.au
Web: www.rmit.edu.au/equitable

Swinburne University
AccessAbility Services
Phone: +61 3 9214 8513 (Mon-Thurs)
email: accessability@swin.edu.au
Web: www.swin.edu.au/accessability/

University of New England
Student Disability Support
Phone: +61 2 6773 2897
Fax: +61 2 6773 4400
email: tony.woods@une.edu.au
Web: www.une.edu.au/current-students/support/student-support/disability-support/disability-support-1

University of South Australia
Disability Services
Phone: 1300 657 122 or +61 8 8302 2330
Fax: +61 8 8302 2363
email: disability@unisa.edu.au
Web: www.unisa.edu.au/Student-Life/Support-services/Disability-Services/

University of Western Australia
UniAcess - UWA's Disability Office
Phone: +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.