Information for Staff

These sites provide information for UNE staff about the Special Needs Office's services and the responsibilities of all UNE staff when dealing with students who have identified as having a disability, learning difficulty, health condition or those who have significant caring responsibilities. The sites provide links to the relevant legislation as well as to useful information about different types of disabilities; how they impact on a student's studies and what reasonable adjustments may support the student to succeed in their studies.

  1. Role of Academic Staff
  2. Role of the Special Needs Office
  3. Specific Disabilities and Teaching Strategies
  4. Managing Examinations
  5. Managing Assessments

UNE has a Disability Action Plan, which aims to improve the university community's understanding of and support for students, staff and visitors with a disability to UNE (Disability Action Plan PDF).

There is a Special Needs Contact in most Academic Schools and in Oorala, who can advise you about school-specific adjustments for students.

UNE is required to comply with the Disability Standards for Education 2005, which stipulate that students with special needs studying at UNE have the right to access and participate in a course or program on the same basis as other students. At the same time, UNE is entitled to maintain the academic requirements of the course or program, and other requirements or components that are inherent in or essential to its nature (Disability Standards for Education 2005, Section 3.4 [3]). Information about relevant legislation and policies is available on our Legislation website.

For more information on different types of impairments and suitable teaching strategies for affected students, please see our pages on specific disabilities. You may also consult the comprehensive website of Creating Accessible Teaching & Support, a project provided by the Australian Learning and Teaching Council and funded by the Australian Government. This website includes resources for more support, other support services and assistive technology as well as case studies providing an insight into the learning experiences of students with various health conditions.

Student Confidentiality

The information students provide to the Special Needs Office regarding their situation, disability or health condition is strictly confidential, as outlined in SNO's Confidentiality and Privacy.

Students applying for Special Extension of Time, Special Consideration or Special Examination will need to provide relevant documentation, as this process is managed by the Examinations Office. The Special Needs Office may support a student's application by confirming the student's registration with the Office and which adjustments are recommended for the student.