What is an equitable assessment arrangement (EAA)?

An EAA is an adjustment or alteration to the standard conditions or format of assessment. It can apply to any formal assessment task or exam described in the course guide.

Equitable assessment arrangements (EAA) are provided to accommodate students with a disability, long-term illness and/or mental health condition. EAA may also be available if you are the primary carer for a close family member with a disability, long-term illness and/or mental health condition, where this means that you require adjustments to enable you to participate in an assessment activity.

An EAA does not represent a weakening or lowering of the academic standard being assessed. Students must still meet the inherent requirements of the course and program.

How to apply

Contact Equitable Learning Services (ELS) as soon as possible: at least six weeks before an exam or four weeks before your first assessment task. If you register after this time, there is no guarantee that the University will be able to offer a full range of assistance.

The ELS will require supporting documentation from a health practitioner (example: doctor, psychologist, or social worker) who is treating the condition and is registered with a recognised professional body. The supporting documentation will accompany your registration.

When you register you will be asked to complete a registration and confidentiality form.


Possible outcomes of an EAA application include:

  • flexible conduct and supervision arrangements (e.g. where an examination paper is delivered to a remote location under approved supervision arrangements)
  • 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).

Your responsibilities

All communications regarding your ELS registration will be via your RMIT student email account. This means that all communications will be recorded on the official RMIT student database.

It is your responsibility to ensure your RMIT student email account remains able to receive incoming mail, and to check it regularly (especially after you have registered with the ELS) so you can promptly respond to any requests for action or information.


Please contact Equitable Learning Services with any questions you may have.