Disability services

Student Support Advisors work across all TAFE campuses to coordinate and implement support for students with a disability, medical condition or learning condition whether temporary or permanent. The service is free, confidential and voluntary.

Students are required to approach the service directly and register in order to access support. In addition lecturers are able to refer students provided that the prior permission of the student concerned has been obtained. Student Support Advisors are available to assist with the referral of students in crisis to relevant support providers OR counselling services if appropriate.

Find out more about South Metropolitan TAFE's Disability Access Inclusion Plan (DAIP) and website accessibility.

South Metropolitan TAFE Public Notice:
Review of Disability Access and Inclusion Plan (DAIP)

South Metropolitan TAFE’s Disability Access and Inclusion Plan ( DAIP ) is currently under review for the period 2016 - 2021. As part of the review process South Metropolitan TAFE invites community comment and input via our online survey.

Alternatively, if members of the public wish to make a written submission they are welcome to do so. Submissions should be emailed to student.access@smtafe.wa.edu.au or mailed to:

Sue Forjaz de Brito
Manager Student Support Services
South Metropolitan TAFE
1 Fleet Street
Fremantle
6160​

Click here to take the online survey.
Click here for a rich text version of the survey.​

In particular, we wish to draw your attention to outcome 7 which is a relatively new outcome and outlines strategies specific to staff employed at South Metropolitan TAFE. Comment on this outcome and the accompanying strategies is invited.

For further information or to request a copy in an alternative format please contact Sue Forjaz on 9239 8509 / sue.forjazdebrito@smtafe.wa.edu.au

Reasonable Adjustment information for students with a disability

In tertiary education, any study support or assistance given to students with a disability to assist with study is called “Reasonable
Adjustment”. Reasonable Adjustment is available to students with a disability participating in vocational education and training through South Metropolitan TAFE.

What is ‘Reasonable Adjustment’?

Reasonable Adjustment means modifications or changes that give you the same opportunities in training as a person without a disability. Some examples of Reasonable Adjustment are:

  • accessing texts in alternative formats
  • AUSLAN interpreter
  • access to adaptive equipment
  • reduced study load
  • extra time to complete assessments.
Reasonable Adjustment does not:
  • give you advantage over others
  • mean that course standards or outcomes will be changed for you (you still need the basic knowledge and skills to do the course and will need to show competency in all tasks)
  • mean that you do not have to follow the student rules
  • guarantee success you still need to do the work.

The type of Reasonable Adjustment used will be discussed with you and will take into account your needs and abilities, your course of study, the types of Reasonable Adjustment and resources available.

What you need to do as a student
  1. Disclosure of your disability is voluntary whilst studying at South Metropolitan TAFE​. The main benef it of disclosing, is that the Student Support Advisor can then discuss with you whether Reasonable Adjustment can help in your course.
  2. Make sure you understand the theory and practical requirements of the course before you enrol. This may include any professional association registration or licences you will need for a job.
  3. Make sure you have the pre-requisite knowledge and skills for the course you choose.
  4. Be aware that Reasonable Adjustment can take a signif icant time to organise and may require several meetings. It is your responsibility to make contact and request support. The earlier you make contact to discuss your needs the better.
  5. Discuss your needs with the Student Support Advisor.
  6. Please advise in advance if you would like to bring a support person with you to your meeting with the Student Support Advisor.
  7. Be prepared to provide evidence of the nature of your disability, for example a medical report.
  8. Remember that Reasonable Adjustment also considers the needs of everyone involved. The type and support will be negotiated with you.
  9. Keep in touch with the Student Support Advisor at least once per semester. Your needs may change over time so your Reasonable Adjustment may need to be reviewed accordingly

More information

Student Services

Fremantle (Beaconsfield) Tel: (08) 9239 8378

Rockingham Tel: (08) 9599 8691

Murdoch Tel: (08) 9229 8435

Peel (Mandurah) Tel: (08) 9586 7410

student.access@smtafe.wa.edu.au​​

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