Disability and accessibility
Curtin is focused on providing an accessible environment for all staff and students. Our Disability Access and Inclusion Plan (DAIP) is a long-term plan with key goals and milestones that focus on accessibility and inclusion for people with disability.
Support for students, staff and visitors
Students can access tailored support from our AccessAbility advisors, including:
- Disability and accessibility support
- Curtin access plans (CAPs)
- Mentoring for students with autism or related conditions.
Staff members with disability or injuries can access a range of services and support (login required).
Visitors can access campus accessibility information and assistance.
Legislation, policies and guidelines
Federal and state legislation cover how disabilities are to be addressed in education.
Disability Discrimination Act 1992 (Commonwealth)
Section 22 of the Disability Discrimination Act 1992 relates to education. The Act makes it unlawful for education providers to discriminate against a student on the basis of disability in relation to admission, access, and harassment.
A 2005 amendment to the Act directs that all curricula must be inclusive.
Disability Standards for Education and Guidance Notes 2005
The primary purpose of the Disability Standards for Education is to clarify the obligations of education and training service providers under the Disability Discrimination Act 1992 and the rights of people with disabilities in relation to education and training. This legislation is most relevant to provision of university education for students with disabilities.
For more information, visit:
Western Australian legislation
Disability Services Act 1993
The Disability Services Act 1993 applies to the provision of services to people with disabilities within Western Australia and mandates specific requirements in relation to Disability Access and Inclusion Plans.
For more information about disability rights, visit the Australian Human Rights Commission website.
These policies are relevant to students, staff and visitors with disabilities at Curtin.
The following policies can be found in our policies database:
- Accessible Information Policy and Procedures
- Admission and Enrolment Manual
- Assessment and Student Progression Manual
- Complaints Procedures
- Disclosure of Personal Information Procedures
- Diversity in the Workplace Procedures
- Diversity and Inclusion Policy
- Fieldwork Policy and Procedures
- Illness, Disability and Injury Management Procedures
- Students with Disability Policy and Procedures
- Worker’s Compensation, Injury Management and Disability Policy
Inherent course requirements guidelines
The Australian Disability Clearinghouse on Education and Training provides guidelines and procedures to assist universities to examine the inherent requirements of their courses.
Universities Australia guidelines
Universities Australia, formerly known as the Australian Vice Chancellor’s Committee (AVCC), has produced 2 sets of guidelines relating to students with disabilities.
Guidelines Relating to Students with a Disability (May 2006)
Key principles underpinning the 2006 guidelines:
- Universities will uphold academic standards such that students graduate with the requisite skills and knowledge associated with the degree.
- Universities provide students with a disability with the opportunity to realise their academic and social potential and to participate fully in university life.
Guidelines on information access for students with print disabilities (November 2004)
The 2004 guidelines apply to the provision of information in accessible formats for students who have difficulty reading, holding or comprehending print based material. The guidelines relate to:
- provision of student assistance
- teaching materials
- Internet access
- encouraging inclusivity
- equipment and technology
- practical classes and practicum placements
- policy implementation.
Curtin agents and contractors providing services directly to the public must adhere to Curtin’s requirements and deadlines relevant to the Disability Access and Inclusion Plan (DAIP).