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Disability - Provisions For Students Policy

1. Purpose

To ensure that CIT students who identify as having a disability are provided with appropriate supports to assist them to reach their educational goals in a supportive and inclusive learning environment.

2. Scope

All current and future students who identify as having a disability.

3. Principles

3.1 CIT is committed to providing an equitable and inclusive learning environment for all students and will comply with the disability discrimination legislation and the education standards for students with disability.

3.2 CIT will follow the principles of reasonable adjustment to determine where an adjustment can be made to allow a student to participate on the same basis as a student without a disability.

3.3 All students who identify as having a disability will be offered the opportunity to meet with an Education Advisor, Disability to assess their learning and other support needs.

3.4 Appointments with the Education Advisor, Disability can come through self-referral or teacher-referral.

3.5 CIT may not be able to assist students where the student chooses not to accept or act on advice from the Education Advisor, Disability regarding enrolment or study loads which may result in their inability to succeed.

3.6 CIT will ensure suitable access and resources to enrolment sessions for students with disability, when notified in advance, and will provide support to enrol into a program if requested.

3.7 CIT's obligation to implement reasonable adjustment is subject to provision by the student of timely and relevant advice of their disability and requirements.

3.8 Insufficient notice of intention to enrol by a student with disability may delay the assessment and determination of any reasonable adjustments.

3.9 The provision of access, special resources and support services to students with disability, according to the principles of reasonable adjustment, will be assessed on a case by case basis.

3.10 A CIT student with disability who cannot study full-time for reasons directly related to their disability is entitled to a full time student card if they are undertaking at least 25% of a full-time program.

3.11 Students who have identified as having a disability and are registered with the CIT Student Support Education Advisors, Disability may be awarded a modified grade on the recommendation of a verification panel. A modified grade is not a pass grade.

3.12 Personal information provided by students is treated in accordance with the Health Records Act (Privacy and Access) 1997 and personal information deemed relevant for the purposes of making reasonable adjustments and referrals will only be shared with permission from the student.

4. Documentation


Disability Discrimination Act 1992

Disability Standards for Education 2005

Australian Building Standards

Disability ACT Policy Management Framework

Health Records (Privacy and Access) Act 1997

Related policies and documents 

Complaints Students and Community Members Policy

Equity and Diversity Policy

Resource Handbook for Teachers of Students with a Disability

5. Definitions

All terminology used in this policy is consistent with definitions in the CIT Policy Glossary.

Disability - defined by the Disability Discrimination ACT 1992 "in relation to a person means:

  • total or partial loss of the person's bodily or mental functions; or
  • total or partial loss of part of the body; or
  • the presence in the body or organisms causing disease or illness; or
  • the presence in the body or organisms capable of causing disease or illness; or
  • the malfunction, malformation or disfigurement of a part of the person's body; or
  • a disorder or malfunction that results in the person learning differently from a person without the disorder or malfunction; or
  • a disorder, illness or disease that affects a person's thought processes, perception of reality, emotions or judgement or that results in disturbed behaviour;

And includes a disability that:

  • presently exists; or
  • previously existed but no longer exists; or
  • may exist in the future; or is 'imputed to a person'".

6. Policy Contact Officer

For more information about this policy contact the Manager, Student Support.

Contact CIT Student Services on (02) 6207 3188 or email

7. Procedures

This policy is implemented through the associated procedures. Authority to make changes to the procedures rests with the policy owner.

Policy No: 2016/593
Approved: October 2016
Next Review: May 2020
Category: Student Policies, Training Policies
Policy Owner: Executive Director, Education and Training Services

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