Disability Access and Inclusion Plan 2017-2020

It is with pleasure that I present Curtin University’s Disability Access and Inclusion Plan 2017 – 2020: Facilitating Universal Design (DAIP).

Vice Chancellor Deborah Terry

This year, as we celebrate 50 years of innovation, and having the benefit of twenty years’ experience in developing and implementing disability plans, the University has approached the DAIP 2017 – 2020 differently. We have moved from a five-year to a three-year plan to not only ensure that strategies remain relevant and embedded in other University plans, but to better align with the University’s strategic planning cycle.

Curtin’s latest plan resulted from a thorough review of the previous plan, in consultation with students, staff, campus visitors and the local community. Through this review, it was clear that we achieved many milestones over the five-year period. These can be strengthened by further educating our staff, embedding our recent achievements in daily practice and continuously evaluating our progress. Partnering with our students to enhance our access and inclusion practices will also be key.

In addition, we are building on our decade-long understanding of the principles of universal design by applying these to our day-to-day operations, including the ways in which we deliver academic programs, construct and refurbish our facilities, and seek to improve access and inclusion to our events and all of our processes. We will use our inaugural publication, Universal Design Guidelines – Built Environment, as a template to develop further guidelines that can be applied across our core activities of learning, teaching and research.

To date, each plan has brought about notable improvements to Curtin’s accessibility and inclusion for people with disability, to assist them in pursuing their study journey. We look forward to working with students, staff and the wider community and our partners in setting and achieving future goals.

Professor Deborah Terry AO
Curtin University


Curtin University appreciates the feedback received during the five-year review of our Disability Access and Inclusion Plan 2012–2017 from our students, staff, and individuals in the Western Australian community. This has been invaluable in helping us understand our achievements and the work we have ahead, and has informed our preparation of this Disability Access and Inclusion Plan.

Curtin University also acknowledges the professional work undertaken on its behalf by E-QUAL Disability Consultants in reviewing our Disability Access and Inclusion Plan 2012–2017 and in assisting us to formulate our new plan.


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