Important information about your exams
Reasonable adjustments are determined in accordance with the needs of individual students, your course of study and the mode of study. A phone or face-to-face consultation allows us to better understand your situation and gives you the opportunity to ask any questions and better understand UNE’s processes and support services.
Before registering please look at the types of documentation we can accept to process your registration below.
You can register with SA&I at any time throughout your studies. We strongly encourage you to register with us as early as possible in your studies. Delays in registering can impact on your ability to receive adjustments in a timely manner.
All students, including students requiring adjustments, must meet the inherent requirements and/or Learning Outcomes of their individual course. Inherent requirements and Learning Outcomes are the fundamental parts of a course or unit that must be met by all students. They are the abilities, knowledge and skills you need to complete the course.
We strongly encourage both prospective and current students to review the inherent requirements and/or Learning Outcomes for their course on our Inherent requirements website and the Course and Unit Catalogue (please make sure to select the correct commencement year at the top of the Catalogue, as you are obliged by the course rules of that year).
Any adjustments throughout your studies are at the discretion of each unit coordinator. In addition, before committing to any course, you are responsible for checking the eligibility criteria for registration with professional registration boards before enrolling.
When you register for support, you will be required to provide us with sufficient documentation to receive study adjustment from our service.
Here you can find more information about the appropriate types of documentation SA&I can accept for each situation you may be applying for study adjustments in. For students living with a disability or caring for someone with a disability you can also find a list of treating health professionals from who we can accept medical information from about your condition or situation. Please look at this carefully.
For students who are caring for someone with a disability or health condition, the documentation provided should come from a health professional or case worker who is familiar with either your health and/or the person you are caring for. The letter should be no more than 12 months old and:
- Indicate the connection of the student to the person you are caring for on the form (e.g. full-time carer for Mary Joe
- State the health condition of the person you are caring for.
- Outline the impact that the caring duties are likely to have on your study.
- Indicate the anticipated time frame of your caring role (we understand that this is often for the duration of a student's degree).
- Recommend reasonable adjustments.
- Clearly identify the health professional and their credentials and their connection to you and the person you are caring for
- Be legible, on a letterhead, dated and signed by the appropriate health or disability professional.
Under the examples of appropriate professional you can find examples acceptable treating health professional for this documentation.
Alternatively to a letter you can have your health professional or case worker complete a Health Professional Report (find link below). This should be completed in mind with the impact your caring responsibilities has on your studies and include simple details e.g. Mary Joe is a full time carer for a person with X.
Download the UNE Health Professional Report here.
If you also experience a health condition or disability in addition to your caring responsibilities, you can choose to also supply Health Professional documentation to receive additional adjustments for your health condition, however it is not compulsory.
Additional Supporting Documentation
- Centrelink documentation, which outlines your caring responsibilities.
- If you have received a Study Access Plan (or similar) from another university, you may also supply this to assist SA&I to prepare your adjustments here at UNE.
Please note that as technology and teaching methods regularly change at UNE, the impact of a person’s situation on study may change. Depending on the nature of your situation, and the degree you are studying, updated medical documentation may be requested when your SAP expires or in some cases more regularly.
Documentation provided by students must be dated and signed by the appropriate health or disability professional. Under the examples of health professionals you can find a list of who an acceptable treating health professional SA&I can accept documentation about your condition from. Any documentation should be:
- No more than two weeks old for temporary conditions.
- No more than twelve months old for mental health or fluctuating conditions.
- No more than three years old for a learning disorder and focused on tertiary education.
There is no restriction on the age of documentation for permanent disabilities and health conditions not listed in points 2 and 3, as long as it is sufficiently detailed and relevant to the student's current studies.
As technology and teaching methods regularly change at UNE, the impact of a person’s disability on study may change. We may therefore need to request updated health professional documentation from students with permanent disabilities/health conditions.
To assist your treating health professional in outlining your needs for university study, SA&I have prepared a Health Professional Report they can complete.
Download the UNE Health Professional Report here
It is not compulsory for this specific form to be completed, however if supplying alternate documentation it must:
- State the health condition.
- Indicate the time frame that this condition is likely to impact on the student’s study.
- Outline the impact on the student.
- Recommend reasonable accommodations.
- Clearly identify the health professional and their credentials.
- Be legible, on a letterhead, dated and signed.
In addition to your health information, if you have received a Study Access Plan (or similar) from another university, you may also supply this to assist SA&I to prepare your adjustments here at UNE.
If using alternative documentation please note the following documentation cannot be accepted as evidence for Study Adjustments.
- Paediatric reports *
- School Board of Studies reports *
- Centrelink medical certificates
- WorkCover reports
Medical certificates are only accepted for short-term adjustments, for example if a student needs a scribe and extra time for one particular exam period, because of a recent injury.
* if you are underage we will accept pediatric or school board of studies reports provided they are less than 12 months old.
If you require someone to be able to act on your behalf to corrospond with UNE and access or provide us with your health or study information you will need to complete an Authority to Act and Release Information (form here). Whilst it is preferred that the authorised person is your power of attorney, it is not required.
As technology and teaching methods regularly change at UNE, the impact of a person’s situation on study may change. Depending on the nature of your disability/health condition, or your situation, and the degree you are studying, updated medical documentation may be requested when your SAP expires or in some cases more regularly. A SA&I officer will contact you in due time, should we require updated documentation.
Disability/Health Condition Type
Registered Psychologist, Psychiatrist or other specialist providing ongoing care.
ADHD/ADD & others
Registered Psychologist, Psychiatrist or other specialist providing ongoing care.
Learning (including Irlen Syndrome)
Registered Clinical or Educational Psychologist (complete copy of the results of psychometric testing) or other specialist providing ongoing care such as Occupational Therapist, Behavioural Optometrist or Speech Pathologist.
Neurological, including Acquired Brain Injury, Cerebral Tumour
Neurologist, Neuropsychologist, Clinical Psychologist, Psychiatrist
Mental Health, including depression, obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD), panic/anxiety disorder, post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), schizophrenia, bipolar
Registered psychologist, Psychiatrist or other specialist providing ongoing care.
A General Practitioner who has a clinical history of treating yourself for at least 2 years
Medical, including chronic fatigue, diabetes, epilepsy, arthritis, Crohn’s disease
General practitioner (who has a clinical management history of at least 2 years and your history of specialist visits) or medical specialist
Physical impairment/difficulty, including cancer, cerebral palsy, muscular dystrophy, paraplegia, cystic fibrosis etc
Chronic Condition: Appropriate specialist with management history, visits and tests, or a General Practitioner who has a clinical history of treating yourself for at least 2 years
Temporary Condition: General practitioner
Ophtalmologist, Specialist Service, eg Vision Australia
Temporary Condition or Injury
General Practitioner, Physiotherapist, Occupational Therapist, Specialist
|- Appropriate specialist with management history, visits and tests to complete the letter or Health Professional Report|
- Centrelink Statement for Carers Payment
- Statement/Letter from other community organisations, such as Carers NSW.
To be eligible for this support a student must:
- Submit a training and competitive program duly endorsed by the Athlete Career Education (ACE) Advisor of the relevant national sporting body.
- Complete the online form to submit your registration for the Elite Athlete Program, attaching the above training and competitive program.
Students who are seeking study adjustments related to studying whilst
- living remotely with unreliable internet,
- in active duty as a Defence reservist or an emergency worker (paid or volunteer)