Why accessibility matters
RMIT values the richness of diversity among our students and staff and recognises the contribution being made already by those living with disability. An inclusive and accessible working and learning environment:
RMIT has a long and proud history of action to ensure people with disability can participate in study and work and is recognised as a leading organisation for accessibility in the Australian Network on Disability Access and Inclusion Index. Our current Inclusion, Diversity, Equity and Access Framework builds on these achievements and sets out our aspiration to achieve an RMIT that is “Inclusive by design: Everyone, everywhere, all the time.”
RMIT acknowledges that people with disability are as diverse as people without disability and that ‘disability’ encapsulates a wide range of experiences, with many disabilities being non-visible. Disability arises from the interaction between people and their environment and so RMIT aims to remove barriers, including attitudinal and cultural, which prevent inclusion, full participation and advancement.
Every day we strive to meet the needs of our diverse community. This involves continued learning and innovation to create an environment that is truly accessible to all and where everyone can achieve.
Chaminda Ranasinghe, Chief Experience Officer and RMIT Accessibility Champion
Hear more from Chaminda Ranasinghe by watching the video.
Equitable Learning Services provides support and equal opportunities for students with a disability, long-term illness or mental health condition, and primary carers of individuals with a disability, ELS provides individualised learning plans, adjustments to facilitate full participation, and services such as Auslan interpreters. Students can also access personalised career development advice and services.
Through our partnership with Australian Network on Disability, RMIT can provide opportunities to students with disability and improve the RMIT talent pool. Find out how to host an intern or become a mentor to a student.
At RMIT, we take action to promote student and staff mental wellbeing (staff login) and provide a range of support services, events, and professional development opportunities. Free professional mental health counselling is available for students and staff.
RMIT has signed the Disability Confident Recruitment Charter, which outlines our commitments to providing fair and equitable treatment of candidates with a disability. We seek to review and continuously improve our processes and their outcomes.
The Accessibility at Work team coordinates workplace adjustments for staff which may include physical changes to the working environment, technological adjustments or flexible work. We provide training and development and evaluation of our services as a key opportunity to create disability confidence for our staff and student community. Find out more about accessibility at work (staff login).
RMIT has a range of initiatives to be affirming of neurodivergence in both students and staff (staff login), including:
Property Services works with stakeholders from across RMIT to improve the accessibility of our campus facilities.
RMIT Libraries have staff, services and facilities to help students and staff with disability use the Library and find information. Dedicated Librarians can provide tours, advice about accessing library resources, or help with computer and room bookings. The Library also converts resources into accessible formats.
We aim to meet the diverse needs of our community through setting consistent standards for our online information and the online services we use.
Our Digital Accessibility Framework seeks to ensure that students, staff, and visitors can access and use our digital information and services.
RMIT’s home page became the first of any Victorian university with zero automatically detected accessibility errors, assessed by the accessibility tool WAVE.
To support our students and staff, RMIT offers a variety of online modules and hybrid workshops touching on accessibility, disability and neurodivergence. These programs include:
RMIT holds regular events and shares communications to celebrate our disability community and promote equity and inclusion, so stay tuned to RMIT channels to find out more.
RMIT Student Union Disabilities and Carers Department advocates for disabled students and carers and to represent them when it counts.
RMIT has a Community of Practice in Digital Accessibility that includes staff from Melbourne and Vietnam from all areas of teaching and professional roles. Community of Practice members meet regularly with the aim at embedding best practice as well as responding to emerging developments internally and externally. RMIT Staff can join by completing this form.
RMIT are a Silver member of the Australian Network on Disability (AND), a national organisation that supports its members to create inclusive environments for people with disability. AND provide support, conduct training, share knowledge, best practice and facilitate networking opportunities. AND announced RMIT as one of the top five participating organisations benchmarked for workplace accessibility in 2017.
We are people who identify as disabled/people with disabilities (or similar) and neurodivergent staff leading a network at RMIT to:
The network holds regular meetings to provide mutual peer support by simply communicating and sharing stories with each other.
Hear from RMIT staff introducing the RMIT Disability & Neurodiversity Staff Network, sharing why the network was created, and why it is important.
Please fill out this form if you would like to be part of the network.
The meetings will be held in a hybrid mode: you can attend in person at a low sensory meeting space at the RMIT Melbourne campus or connect online via Teams. Please list any accessibility needs in the form. If you choose to not self-disclose at this stage, you can join the Teams meetings via a non-RMIT profile.
The meetings are not recorded and provide a safe and confidential space to listen/read and share amongst peers.
Note: Membership of this group will remain confidential and will not be shared with supervisors, other teams or RMIT service groups.
Increase staff engagement by:
RMIT acknowledges that language concerning identity continues to evolve. In accordance with guidance provided by the Australian Network on Disability, RMIT uses ‘person first’ language to describe people with disability, while acknowledging many people with disability prefer to use identity-first language. Identity-first language puts a person’s disability identity before the person – for example, ‘disabled person’ or ‘Autistic’ - instead of ‘person with autism’; ‘Deaf’ - instead of ‘person who is deaf’. Many prefer to use identity-first language as they regard their disability as a key part of their identity. They use identity-first language to show their connection to the disability community, demonstrate disability pride and emphasise that it is society that is disabling. Of course, when interacting directly with people or describing them, we respect and use their preferred way of describing themselves.
Acknowledgement of Country
RMIT University acknowledges the people of the Woi wurrung and Boon wurrung language groups of the eastern Kulin Nation on whose unceded lands we conduct the business of the University. RMIT University respectfully acknowledges their Ancestors and Elders, past and present. RMIT also acknowledges the Traditional Custodians and their Ancestors of the lands and waters across Australia where we conduct our business - Artwork 'Luwaytini' by Mark Cleaver, Palawa.
Acknowledgement of Country
RMIT University acknowledges the people of the Woi wurrung and Boon wurrung language groups of the eastern Kulin Nation on whose unceded lands we conduct the business of the University. RMIT University respectfully acknowledges their Ancestors and Elders, past and present. RMIT also acknowledges the Traditional Custodians and their Ancestors of the lands and waters across Australia where we conduct our business.