Getting help

How we can help you

We will work with you to help you achieve your academic goals, by providing 'reasonable adjustments' where needed.

A 'reasonable adjustment' refers to specific provisions that are made by Western Sydney University in consultation with you during a formal assessment with a Disability Advisor. You will need to provide appropriate documentary evidence for us to provide you support.

Together we formulate an Academic Integration Plan, which will remain in place as long as you need it. Examples of adjustments include, but are not limited to:

  • Additional time in examinations
  • Material in alternative formats
  • Alternative assessments where appropriate
You also may be assisted by Educational Support Staff (ESS):
  • Academic Notetakers - take notes in lectures, tutorials and practicals
  • Readers - meet with you on campus. They read any required class material while you record them
  • Practical Assistants - assist in necessary practical tasks in classes or on campus
  • Sign Language Interpreters - for students who are hearing impaired or deaf. They assist during classes and assessments

ESS Resources

Should I see the campus Disability Advisor?

Yes, ifNo, if
You have a condition, illness, injury or disability that impacts on your ability to perform your academic work, attend classes, complete assignments, exams and fieldwork placementsYou are a carer and need support for your caring tasks while you undertake study (contact the University's Counselling Service, Student Welfare Service or your Unit Coordinator)
You have been submitting many special consideration applications from being unwell over timeYou need support with your uncomplicated pregnancy while you undertake study (contact the University's Counselling Service)
You were given special provisions and support during high school or TAFE or another institutionYou need suitable furniture or equipment for your larger stature/left handed needs (contact Western Sydney University Capital Works & Facilities)

You will need to provide appropriate documentary evidence for us to provide you with support, please complete the Verification of Disability or Health Condition and Impact on Study form [PDF, 81.51 KB] (opens in a new window).

The Emergency Response Plan [PDF, 43.49 KB] (opens in a new window) is only required to be completed if it is likely the student may, due to their disability/ health condition, require emergency medical treatment and will need to be transported to hospital.

If you are unsure, contact us on (02) 9852 5199 or email disability@westernsydney.edu.au and we will be happy to help.

Information on what happens in an appointment is available on the Seeing a Disability Advisor page.

Limits of our service

We can only provide 'reasonable adjustments' related to your study and generally within the Learning and Teaching context. Unfortunately, Western Sydney University is not able to provide individual assistive equipment or a personal carer.

Inherent Requirements

Each course of study has a set of Inherent Requirements. Inherent Requirements are the fundamental parts of a course or unit that must be met by all students. They are the abilities, knowledge and skills you need to complete the course. Each student is responsible for reviewing the inherent requirements of their course prior to enrolment. If you are concerned about meeting these, you should meet your Disability Advisor and Academic Course Advisor and establish if adjustments can be made to accommodate them.

Further information is available on the Inherent Requirements page.

Travel concession information

If you're studying part time or on an external basis due to your disability, you may still be eligible for a Concession Opal card through the University.

How do I get my Concession Opal card?
You need to complete the Disability Declaration for Concession Opal Card form [PDF, 58.88 KB] (opens in a new window) and have it signed by the Disability Service. Full instructions are on the form.

Once your form has been processed, you need to follow the step-by-step instructions on the How to apply for a Concession Opal card webpage.

Contact us

Phone: (02) 9852 5199

Email: disability@westernsydney.edu.au