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.

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South Metropolitan TAFE Disability Access and Inclusion Plan 

South Metropolitan TAFE is committed to quality vocational education and training that is accessible and equitable for all students.  Consistent with the spirit and intent of the former Challenger Institute Disability Access & Inclusion Plan (DAIP), we will progress with many of the ongoing strategies and projects, as part of our continued and strong commitment to access and inclusion. These activities will support the principles of a socially inclusive college community and address disadvantage. By removing barriers to opportunity in education and training, we support the social, civic and economic participation of people with disability.

Over the 12 months, from the formation of the college in April 2016, a new DAIP will be developed so that there are clear strategies in place to ensure that people with disability have the opportunity to fully and independently participate in all aspects of college life. The development of the South Metropolitan TAFE DAIP will include public consultation and this will be advertised on our website and in the West Australian newspaper.

In the meantime, for information about our ongoing goals and strategies or to provide feedback on access and inclusion at South Metropolitan TAFE, please contact us at student.access@smtafe.wa.edu.au or contact the Manager Student Support Services on 92398509.

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


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