Equitable learning and disability

Support and equal opportunities for students with a disability, long-term illness or mental health condition, and primary carers of individuals with a disability.

Equitable Learning Services – How RMIT supports students

The Equitable Learning Services team (ELS team) supports and creates equal opportunities for students with a disability, long-term illness and/or mental health condition. We also support primary carers.  

ELS works in partnership with students to create an Equitable Learning Plan. Your plan is tailored to you, supports your needs and establishes how RMIT can provide ongoing assistance so you can access and participate in your studies as any other students.  

Equitable Learning Plans are managed by the ELS team. 

The ELS team ensure that students are included in all aspects of university life and we value students’ input to continuously improve our services. 

The ELS team have been super helpful in putting together my Equitable Learning Plan, sharing it with the relevant teachers, and continually assisting me during assignments to ensure that I can do my best.

– Melissa Gissara, RMIT Alumni

Eligibility and available assistance

Who do we support? 

An Equitable Learning Plan is available to any RMIT student with the following:

  • A mental health condition.
  • A disability – vision impairment, hearing impairment, physical disability, mobility impairment, and students who are neurodiverse including learning disability, neurological conditions and intellectual disability.
  • A long-term illness.
  • A primary carer of individuals with a disability.

We do not provide support to students whose conditions last less than 6 months or have a short-term injury (e.g. broken arms or legs) or uncomplicated pregnancy. If you are experiencing those conditions, you may be able to get support through Extensions or special consideration.

If you’re not sure if you meet the criteria above, please send an enquiry to the ELS team for a confidential discussion. 

How can you support me?

We work with you in developing an individual Equitable Learning Plan that provides reasonable adjustments to ensure you have opportunities to access and participate in your studies. This could include:

  • Adjustments to your study conditions (e.g. more time in assessments, considerations around attendance).
  • Course materials and assessment papers in other formats.
  • Assistive technology such as dictation, screen reading and note-taking software (e.g. Dragon speech recognition softwareClaroReadZoomTextJAWS).
  • Enabling assistance staff (e.g. Auslan interpreters, participation assistants and note takers). For more information, see the Enabling assistance staff tab.

Your Teachers/Academics will provided with a copy of your Equitable Learning Plan so they can also support your needs, and make adjustments to your study conditions, if needed.

What can’t you support me with?

The ELS team cannot provide you with:

  • English language support (see Study support for available English language support).
  • Taking on an advocacy role in relation to individual grievances.
  • Support that substitutes teaching and learning, such as private tutoring (see Study support for available services).
  • Career advice (Career advisors are available via the Job Shop).
  • Counselling (RMIT Counselling Services offers free counselling).
  • Campus orientation (see How2RMIT).
  • Personal care.

If we cannot assist you, we will explain why and advise you of any other more appropriate avenues for meeting your needs.

Register for an Equitable Learning Plan

It’s important that you contact the ELS team when you start your studies so an Equitable Learning Plan can be put in place before you start assessments. To register, follow the steps below.

Step 1. Download and complete the relevant registration form

Step 2. Have your health care professional complete the form

Take the form to your appropriate healthcare professional (doctor, psychiatrist, etc) so they can complete the relevant section. If there is other supporting documentation that relates to your condition/disability (e.g. Learning Assessment Report or Vision/Hearing Report), please obtain this from your healthcare professional as well.

Step 3. Book an appointment with ELS

Book an appointment with an ELS Advisor. Please bring your completed form and any other relevant supporting documentation to the appointment or email it to els@rmit.edu.au before your appointment. At the appointment we will assess your documentation and work with you to develop your individual Equitable Learning Plan.

Note: If you are a student studying at SIM (Singapore Institute of Management), please also Download the SIM Student Background Information Form (Word doc), fill it out and email your application to the address provided on this form.

Renew your Equitable Learning Plan

If your Equitable Learning Plan expires or you move programs, you can renew or update it by sending an enquiry to ELS via Student Connect portal for direction on the appropriate course of action. ELS will advise you whether you’ll require a follow up appointment. Equitable Learning Plan expiry dates are established for the following reasons:

  • Supporting documentation provided by you had an ‘end date’ as stated by your health practitioner.
  • After assessment by the ELS Advisor, the supporting documentation was appropriate to be valid for one academic year.
  • Your Equitable Learning Plan was established for the length of your program, but you have continued to study beyond that date.

Please ensure you advise ELS if you change programs so that your Equitable Learning Plan will be sent to the relevant School and Teachers/Academics. 

How to request Enabling Assistance Staff

Equitable Learning Services can organise enabling support staff including Auslan Interpreters, participation assistants, notetakers, readers and scribes. These services can be discussed at your registration appointment and if you require support from enabling assistance staff these adjustments will be included in your Equitable Learning Plan.

To request enabling assistance staff during semester or for an assessment, send an enquiry to ELS via the Student Connect portal.

ELS Forms

Find all ELS forms in one place.

Registration forms

See the Register for a Plan tab for instructions on how to register.

Enabling assistance

General ELA

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Find answers to frequently asked questions about Equitable Learning Plans, extensions and special consideration for students with a Plan, and more.

Contact the ELS team

Book an appointment with ELS

Book an appointment to register for an Equitable Learning Plan, update your Plan or discuss our services. Please select the service Equitable Learning Services (disability) when you book.

Send an enquiry

Send an enquiry or call us if you have any questions about the services we provide. One of our team will get back to you within three working days.

Phone: +61 3 9925 5000

If you book an appointment or send an enquiry, you’ll need to log in with your RMIT ID number and password.

This service receives funding from SSAF

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