Equitable Assessment Arrangements

If you have a disability, long-term illness and/or mental health condition, you may be granted an adjustment to the standard conditions or format of an assessment task.

What is an EAA?

An Equitable Assessment Arrangement (EAA) is an adjustment to the standard conditions or format of an assessment for students with a disability, long-term illness and/or mental health condition.

An EAA may also be available to primary carers of a close family member with a disability, long-term illness and/or mental health condition, where this means that an adjustment is needed to participate in an assessment activity.

EAAs can apply to any formal assessment task described in the course guide. It does not represent a weakening or lowering of the academic standard being assessed. Students must still meet the inherent requirements of their course and program.

Open Universities Australia students: Alternative Assessment Arrangements (AAA) are the same as Equitable Assessment Arrangements. 

What sort of adjustments are available?

Possible outcomes of an EAA include:

  • Use of ergonomic furniture or special seating arrangements in examinations
  • Use of a computer for a traditionally paper-based examination
  • Use of adaptive technology
  • Alternative format examination media (e.g. large print, audio, Braille, electronic)
  • Additional reading and/or assessment time
  • Rest breaks
  • Assistance from Disability Support Workers (e.g. scribes)

How to apply

To access an EAA, you must register with Equitable Learning Services (ELS).

It is recommended that you register at least six weeks before a major timed assessment or four weeks before your first assessment task. If you register after this time, we may not be able to offer a full range of assistance.

ELS will require supporting documentation from a health practitioner (e.g. a doctor, psychologist or social worker) who is treating your condition and is registered with a recognised professional body.

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