To receive support from Equitable Learning Services (ELS) you will need to register with our service, but first decide whether you should tell RMIT about your disablity, long-term illness and/or mental health condition, or role of primary carer of an individual with a disability, and what the eligibility criteria are.

Should I register?

We appreciate that telling us about your disability, long-term illness and/or mental health condition, or role as primary carer of an individual with a disability, is an important decision. Here are some questions students ask when deciding whether to register with us. You can also have a look at what our service provides and what you can expect of us.

Should I tell RMIT?

You only need to tell us about your disability, long-term illness and/or mental health condition, or role as primary carer of an individual with a disability, if the condition will impact your study experience at RMIT and you need assistance from the Equitable Learning Services. In this case, please let us know as soon possible so that the appropriate assistance can be provided.

What information do I need to provide?

Talk to us about how your disability impacts your ability to take part in your studies. You will need to provide supporting documentation from your registered health practitioner.

What happens after I register with Equitable Learning Services (ELS)?

After you tell us about your disability, long-term illness and/or mental health condition, or your role as primary carer of an individual with a disability, and you are registered with ELS, we will work with you to reduce the effect your disability has on your studies.

What are my rights?

When you tell us about your disability, long-term illness and/or mental health condition, you have the right to:

  • only disclose to Equitable Learning Services to organise appropriate assistance, without having to disclose your disability to teaching staff
  • have your personal information treated confidentially and respectfully

What are my responsibilities?

You are responsible for:

  • advising staff in a timely manner of your needs in relation to your disability
  • understanding the requirements of the program or course that you are undertaking. This may include being aware of the inherent requirements for registering with a relevant professional body

Where do I get more information about disclosure?

If you want to know more about disclosing your disability, visit:

What are the eligibility criteria?

If you have decided to register, then first have a look at our eligibility criteria. To be eligible for our services you must:

  • be enrolled in a course or program at RMIT. This includes undergraduate and postgraduate programs, VE courses, apprenticeships, online courses/programs, and short courses.
  • have a disability, long-term illness, medical and/or mental health condition as defined by the Disability Discrimination Act 1992. This may include the following categories:
    • physical disabilities
    • vision impairments
    • hearing impairments
    • intellectual disabilities
    • learning disabilities
    • neurological conditions
    • mental health conditions
    • mobility impairments
    • long-term medical illnesses/conditions
  • be a primary carer of someone with a disability, long-term illness, medical and/or mental health condition as defined by the Disability Discrimination Act 1992. Disabilities may be temporary or permanent, and may include any of the categories above.
  • be able to provide relevant documentation about your disability, long-term illness, medical and/or mental health condition from a qualified professional, or that you are a primary carer of an individual with a disability. Professionals can include:
    • medical specialists
    • psychiatrists or psychologists
    • general practitioners
    • physiotherapists 
    • occupational therapists
    • educational psychologists

Ready to register?

If you have decided to register then click the button below to get started!