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

+61 7 3623 7377

carolyn.toonen@acu.edu.au

Charles Darwin University

Office of Student Administration and Equity Services

+61 8 8946 6288

kerrie.coulter@cdu.edu.au

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Curtin University

Disability Services

+61 8 9266 7850

disabilityservices@curtin.edu.au

Griffith University

+61 7 3382 1159

disability-oua@griffith.edu.au

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La Trobe University

Equality and Diversity Centre

+61 3 9479 2900

equity@latrobe.edu.au

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Macquarie University

Disability Support Unit

+61 2 9850 7497

campuswellbeing@mq.edu.au

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Murdoch University

OUA Liaison Team

(08) 9360 6084

equity@murdoch.edu.au

RMIT University

Equitable Learning Services

+61 3 9925 1089

els@rmit.edu.au

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Swinburne University

AccessAbility Services

+61 3 9214 8513 (Mon-Thurs)

accessability@swin.edu.au

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University of New England

Student Disability Support

+61 2 6773 2897

tony.woods@une.edu.au

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University of South Australia

Disability Services

1300 657 122 or +61 8 8302 2330

disability@unisa.edu.au

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University of Western Australia

UniAcess - UWA's Disability Office

+61 8 6488 2423

uniaccess@uwa.edu.au

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OUA Disability Contact Officer

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