Disability Support

Disability Support

TasTAFE is committed to providing equal access to learning opportunities for students with disability. TasTAFE recognises the definition of disability as outlined in the Disability Discrimination Act 1992. This includes:

  • Physical disability
  • Intellectual disability
  • Mental health condition
  • Hearing or vision impairment
  • Learning disability
  • Neurological condition (e.g. Autism Spectrum, Acquired Brain Injury)
  • Medical condition

There are a number of steps we recommend you take before you start studying at TasTAFE.

  1. If you are a recent school leaver, check with NDIS if you are eligible for School Leaver Employment Supports (SLES). The School Leavers Employment Supports (SLES) is an early intervention approach for Year 12 school leavers, designed to support transition from school to employment.
  2. Visit the National Disability Coordination Officer (NDCO) TAS website and read through their “Making Career Decisions” page. to help you decide what courses will help you reach your goals.
  3. Book an appointment with a TasTAFE Disability Liaison Officer to discuss educational support. Please bring evidence of your condition with you. Our online Disability Assistance Notification form is one way to make contact.
  4. Explore the TasTAFE website to determine what courses are available and register to attend one of our upcoming INFO Weeks in January, June or November. INFO Week is a great opportunity to chat with our teachers and find out more.
    Be aware that some courses have specific entry requirements or inherent requirements that must be achieved to receive a qualification. Some industries also have particular licensing or registration requirements that may also prevent a full qualification being achieved.
  5. Organise your resources, investigate travel arrangements and contact NDIS to assist you with organising supports including personal care, transport assistance to and from campus and aids and equipment (e.g. wheelchair, personal communication device, hearing aid).

Individual assistance and advice for eligible students may include:

  • Assistance with your course application and enrolment.
  • Specialist equipment and assistive technology, (e.g. ergonomic chairs and computer accessories, Text to Speech programs, JAWS for the blind).
  • Alternative formatting.
  • Liaison with teachers /coordinators.
  • Access to designated parking spaces.
  • Alternative methods of assessment and examination support.
  • Flexible attendance and mode of delivery, including distance/online.
  • Note takers.
  • Tutorial assistance.
  • Interpreters for deaf or hearing impaired students.
  • Referral to other agencies.
  • Library and reference material assistance.

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

To be eligible for Disability Liaison Services, you must meet each of the following 3 criteria:

  1. Be enrolled in any course at TasTAFE or intending to study at TasTAFE.
  2. Have a diagnosed disability, medical or mental health condition that impacts on your study.
  3. Provide evidence of your diagnosis at your first appointment.

Any of the following documents can be used to provide evidence of your diagnosed disability:

  • Health Professional Report
  • Individual Education Plan (from high school or college)
  • NDIS Report/ Plan, or
  • Disability Support Pension Concession Card
  • Mental Health Care Plan.

If you are unsure if you are eligible, please make an appointment with a TasTAFE Student Counsellor to discuss your support needs.
If you feel you have a disability, medical or mental health condition that is affecting your studies, but it has not been diagnosed, please seek assistance from a relevant health professional to provide an assessment.

You do not have to disclose information unless you wish to arrange reasonable adjustments whilst studying or need to notify us about a health risk to yourself or others.

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.

All interactions with your Disability Liaison Officer are entirely confidential. We will not discuss your situation with any teachers or other third parties without your permission. Where necessary, you may be asked to sign a ‘Consent to Disclosure of Personal Information’ form to assist with provision of services.

How can a Disability Liaison Officer help me?

Disability Liaison Officer’s (DLOs) are members of TasTAFE’s Student Support team. They provide information and assistance to students with disability, including apprentices and trainees. The DLO will work with you to identify what support requirements are needed to address any impacts your disability or condition may have on accessing and participating in your chosen studies.

Other support can also be arranged through Medical Action Plans for students at risk of seizures, anaphylactic shock, diabetes and other life-threatening conditions. Personal Emergency Evacuation Plans (PEEP) are also put in place for students who require assistance leaving our buildings in the event of a threat of harm to people.

You are encouraged to make an appointment with a Disability Liaison Officer before a TasTAFE Information Session, before enrolling or as soon as possible after enrolment. If you do not contact us well enough in advance, TasTAFE may not be able to implement the required adjustments or supports that suit your needs in time for the Information Session or the start of classes.

You can also notify a Disability Liaison Officer that you would like to discuss support needs prior to an Information Session or before completing an enrolment form, by filling out the Disability Assistance Notification form.

To make an appointment with a TasTAFE Disability Liaison Officer, please contact us on 1300 655 307.

If you are deaf, hearing or speech-impaired, call the National Relay Service (NRS) on 13 3677 then dial the 1300 655 307.

NATIONAL RELAY WEBSITE: www.relayservice.gov.au

Before your first appointment, find out as much as possible about what support you might need to study your preferred course. Please bring reports or information that provide evidence of your disability and will assist the DLO with assessing and planning your learning support needs.

The DLO will have a confidential discussion with you about the supports you may require for your learning. As part of this discussion, the DLO may request further documentation that must:

  • State the specific disability, medical or mental health condition.
  • Outline the impact on your ability to study.
  • Recommend reasonable adjustments.
  • Clearly identify the professional and credentials.
  • Be legible, dated and signed.

If you don’t have this documentation, the DLO will provide you with a “Qualified Professional Report Form” that can be completed by your relevant Health Professional.
The following is a guide on the health professionals recognised by the Disability Liaison service:

Mental Health condition – Registered Clinical Psychologist, Psychiatrist, GP
Vision Impairment – Ophthalmologist, Orthoptist
Hearing Impairment – Audiologist
Physical Disability – Medical specialist, GP
Learning Disability – Registered Psychologist (eg Educational Psychologist)
Medical Conditions – GP, Medical Specialist

Reports must be relevant to the student’s current situation. Documents are only acceptable if dated:

  • In the last two weeks for temporary conditions.
  • In the last six months for fluctuating condition.
  • No earlier than from when you were twelve years of age for learning disability.
  • No date required for a permanent disability.

All TasTAFE students, including apprentices and trainees, can receive assistance through Student Services.

The Disabled Australian Apprentice Wage Support (DAAWS), scheme is a Commonwealth-funded initiative which supports apprentices/trainees to help them reach their potential as skilled workers.

The scheme may provide support for the off-the job component of your apprenticeship/traineeship, including mentoring, tutoring and interpreting. Ask your Australian Network Provider for information on DAAWS.

For more information, contact our Student Support team on 1300 655 307.

If you are deaf, hearing or speech-impaired, call the National Relay Service (NRS) on 13 3677 then dial the 1300 655 307.

NATIONAL RELAY WEBSITE: www.relayservice.gov.au

There is also further information available to you through the Australian Apprenticeship website.