Disability Support

Disability support

TasTAFE Disability Liaison Officer provide information and assistance to students with a disability, including apprentices and trainees, and will work with you to identify what support requirements are needed for you to undertake a course of study at TasTAFE.

TasTAFE recognises the definition of disability as outlined in the Disability Discrimination Act 1992, specifically:

  • a physical impairment (e.g. wheelchair user, chronic pain, amputee, back injury)
  • intellectual disability
  • mental health condition
  • hearing impairment (deaf or hard of hearing)
  • vision impairment (blind or low vision)
  • neurological condition (e.g. acquired brain injury or learning disability)
  • medical condition (asthma, epilepsy, diabetes, heart condition)

Disability Liaison Officers will work collaboratively with you to identify your support requirements.

Students who believe their studies may be affected by a disability should contact the Disability Liaison Officer in each TasTAFE region.  Reasonable adjustments can be made that provide students the same opportunities in training as a person without disability.

For more information about the assistance and support available for students with a disability, or to make an appointment, please contact us on 1300 655 307 and ask to speak with a Disability Liaison Officer.

Preparing to be a TasTAFE student

  1. Plan ahead, seek career advice to determine what courses will assist in achieving your vocational goal.
  2. Liaise with TasTAFE to determine your training needs.  Check out what courses are available or contact Client Services on 1300 655 307.
  3. Organise resources, investigate travel arrangements and organise personal care if required.
  4. Contact the Disability Liaison Officer at your TasTAFE campus if you require educational support.
  5. Talk to the National Disability Insurance Scheme if you are between 18 to 24 years with significant and permanent disability, or your Gateway Service about any other support you might need.
  6. Be aware that some courses have entry requirements or core competencies that must be achieved to receive a qualification.  As well, some industries have particular licensing or registration requirements that may also prevent a full qualification being achieved.

How can we help?

TasTAFE is committed to ensuring equity for all students. Our Disability Liaison Officers provide a free and confidential service.  You have the right to choose what information you disclose about your disability.  Where necessary, you may be asked to sign a ‘Consent to Release Information’ form to assist with provision of services.

You are encouraged to answer the questions on the enrolment form related to disability and medical condition. Answering these questions will not affect your enrolment.

Medical Advice Alert Form (Word)

Medical Advice Alert Form (PDF)

You must contact the Disability Liaison Officer  in your region to ensure appropriate support services can be arranged to meet your learning needs.  It does not happen automatically when ‘disability’ is ticked on the enrolment form.

Early notification assists us to meet your specific support requirements.  Late notification or failure to disclose disability may mean that services and support are not able to be organised within the time frame required.

Disability Assistance Notification Form

You are encouraged to contact the Disability Liaison Officer if you think your studies may be affected in some way by a disability or chronic medical condition such as:

  • a physical impairment (e.g. wheelchair user, chronic pain, amputee, back injury)
  • intellectual disability
  • mental health condition
  • hearing impairment (deaf or hard of hearing)
  • vision impairment (blind or low vision)
  • neurological condition (e.g. acquired brain injury or learning disability)
  • medical condition (asthma, epilepsy, diabetes, heart condition)

Individual assistance and advice may include:

  • options for course delivery and assessment arrangements
  • development of a learning access plan
  • coordination of learning support
  • referral to other agencies.

Examples of services available to students with disability following identification of need include:

  • access to designated parking spaces
  • alternative methods of assessment and examination support
  • flexible attendance and mode of delivery, including distance/online
  • adaptive technology and software, or specialised equipment
  • note takers
  • tutorial assistance
  • interpreters for deaf or hearing impaired students
  • library and reference material assistance.

For more information about the assistance and support available for students with a disability, or to make an appointment, please contact us on 1300 655 307 and ask to speak with a Disability Liaison Officer.

This support is also available for apprentices and trainees with disabilities.