What are inherent requirements?

Inherent requirements are those fundamental tasks in a study program which you will be required to do when on professional experience placement or during on-campus learning activities. You can access program inherent requirements statements here.

Inherent requirements are not entry requirements so you cannot be excluded from entry to a program on the basis of inherent requirements.  

If you have a disability, long term illness or mental health condition, RMIT can provide adjustments to support you to participate fully in your program. Study adjustments are individualised to your particular circumstances and your program of study.

The Equitable Learning Services (ELS) is a confidential service and can work with you to develop an equitable learning plan outlining your study adjustments.

These adjustments can apply to your professional experience placement or during on-campus learning activities, such as part time attendance, provision of specialised equipment or software and alternative formatting of print material.

Where do I find the inherent requirements?

Inherent requirements for RMIT programs are located under Admissions on program web pages or here.

Please note not all RMIT programs have inherent requirements.

If your program does not have published inherent requirements, contact the study program area or the ELS if you have any questions.

Why are inherent requirements important?

Inherent requirements give you:

  • an understanding of what tasks you will be expected to undertake and complete during your studies.
  • an opportunity to decide whether the program is suitable for you at this time, given your personal circumstances and/or disability, long term illness or mental health condition.
  • an opportunity to consider what adjustments are available and plan for these with the ELS.

What do I need to do?

You need to:

  • read the inherent requirements statements carefully before applying for a program, and/or ask about the inherent requirements alongside other questions you ask about study options.
  • discuss with program staff or the ELS if there are any tasks outlined which may be difficult for you to undertake, and what adjustments can be made to support you to undertake and complete the tasks.

What if I am concerned that I don’t meet the inherent requirements of a program?

Any concerns should be discussed with program staff.

If you are living with disability, long term illness and/or mental health condition, make sure that you meet with the ELS to discuss study adjustments based on your particular circumstances.

ELS can provide you with information about the pros and cons of sharing personal and health related information. You are under no legal obligation to share the nature of your condition with any other staff within the University.

What if concerns are raised about my capacity to meet inherent requirements?

Program staff have an obligation to explore alternative options with you before concluding that you are unable to complete the fundamental task/s in question.

If the concern is in relation to your disability, long term illness and /or mental health condition, contact the ELS to explore individualised adjustments.

What are my options if this is not resolved?

It’s important to remember that RMIT cannot exclude you from a program on the basis of inherent requirements. However, there may be circumstances where, even after liaising with your School and/or the ELS, you may still not have agreement about your capacity to meet the inherent requirements of the program.

Your options are to:

1. Stay in your program

If you stay in your program and are unable to progress academically (e.g. unable to complete compulsory placement), RMIT’s academic progress processes apply.

If RMIT determines that there is a risk to yourself or others in terms of safe practice (particularly in relation to professional experience placement and laboratory activities) under the policy (section 6), you may be required to defer or cease these activities until such time as you can demonstrate safe practice.

2. Withdraw from your program

At any point you may elect to discontinue the program because of unforeseen impacts of your disability, long term illness and/or mental health condition. You have the option to apply for Late Course Withdrawal without Academic Penalty

3. Explore other programs

Meet with Careers and Employability staff about alternative pathways programs and study options.

Advocacy and assistance

The RMIT Student Union (RUSU) employs professional staff who can advocate and support you in liaising with program staff and give you advice and assistance. This is a free service for all RMIT students.

As an RMIT student, you are entitled to seek review of decisions that impact your studies through Appeals.

Further Information

Most students with disability, long term illness and/or mental health condition face the issues of whether to disclose, what to disclose, when to disclose and how to disclose. This disclosure information provides substantial information about your options.