Inherent requirement domains
To provide clarity and consistency, the inherent requirement statements are grouped under several domains. Courses may contain some or all of these domains.
The Disability Discrimination Act (DDA)1992 provides legal protection for everyone in Australia against discrimination based on disability.
The DDA through the Disability Standards for Education 2005, requires institutions to make reasonable adjustments to enable the student with a disability to participate in education on the same basis as a student without a disability.
Reasonable adjustments are modifications made to the
- learning environment,
- teaching delivery, or
- assessment method
used to help students with a disability or chronic health condition to access and participate in education on the same basis as those without a disability. Reasonable adjustments facilitate students meeting the inherent requirements of their course of study.
What is a reasonable adjustment?
An adjustment is defined as “reasonable” if it balances the interests of all parties affected including not causing “unjustifiable hardship” to the educational institution.
Examples of adjustments include but are not limited to provision of the following:
- assistive technology
- extra time in exams
- note takers
Even with reasonable adjustments, students must still meet the inherent requirements and all compulsory requirements to graduate. In certain courses some students may not be able to demonstrate the inherent requirements, despite the use of reasonable adjustments. This is due to a conflict between the requirements and the nature of a student’s current circumstances.
If you are not able to demonstrate the inherent requirements, you may fail an essential component of your course and be unable to graduate.
Courses where this situation might arise are likely to be those with compulsory fieldwork activities in a community setting.
For further information about adjustments, please contact Curtin’s AccessAbility Services
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