Neurodiverse study and accessibility

Disclosing your neurodiversity status is entirely your choice.

Your rights

If you have disclosed a disability or other condition to AccessAbility and Inclusion. The University has a responsibility to uphold the relevant rights and protections as outlined in the Australian Disability Discrimination Act and Disability Standards for Education.

Prospective Students

If you're a prospective neurodiverse student, you might find it useful to register with AccessAbility and Inclusion. View our prospective student's page for more information that might be relevant to you.

Learning Access Plan (LAP)

These are documents that support any adjustments you need to make for your study. It is a document that you can use to show your need for adjustments to your lecturers, tutors, supervisors, and other academic support staff. A LAP is a document that you can provide to your subject coordinators to help you communicate and advocate for your needs. For example, you may benefit from having a LAP if:

  • you are autistic and require additional time to complete assessments to help manage executive functioning demands
  • if you are dyslexic, and would benefit from your lecturers using sans-serif fonts wherever possible in the LMS and lecture notes.

Please note, that you are not obliged to let any staff member know that you have a LAP or that you have a specific condition or neurotype. Once approved, you can choose to submit your LAP document to any member of staff in any course without disclosing the reason why you have it. The document notifies your tutor of your need for support, without specifying the reason behind the LAP. This protects your privacy and equity as a student. It is solely your decision whether you choose to disclose these details.

There are many reasons why somebody might need a Learning Access Plan. Learn more about the benefits, whether you are eligible and the process of getting one. Please visit our assistance with academic study page.

Special consideration

You are able to apply for special consideration if you experience serious short-term, adverse and unforeseen circumstances that affects your ability to complete an assessment task. This option is available for reasonable adjustments and extensions which your Learning Access Plan may not cover. For example, if you became ill for reasons other than what is detailed in your LAP, or you experience the death of a loved one.

For more information, please visit our special consideration page.

Accessibility on campus

We have maps available for specific access requirements including for physical access and mobility and disabled toilet access for each campus.

Study resources

We have many resources that support your learning, which are also accessible to Neurodiverse students. Most of these services are available either face-to-face or online and in a group or one-on-one settings. Our resources include:

This service offers expert, discipline-based learning support in the form of:

  • group tutorials
  • drop-in sessions
  • one-on-one support

Find out more about our Learning Hub services and how to book an appointment.

The Academic Referencing Tool can help you use proper citations and correctly format bibliographic entries according to the style preferences required in your subjects. It’s a fantastic shortcut to sort out your referencing.

Chat online with a library staff member who can offer guidance to help you find what you’re looking for and answer questions about relevant library’s services.

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Scholarships for neurodiverse students

We offer a wide range of scholarship opportunities for:

  • neurodiversity and disability relevant fields
  • equity and AccessAbility students
  • students living with disability
  • carers of people living with disability.

Learn more about our available scholarships: