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Disability support

Any student who has a disability – whether permanent or short term – has the right to access specialised support through the University’s Disability Services. There is no obligation to disclose any medical condition to the University – it is entirely your decision.

One benefit of registering with Disability Services is that an academic plan will be created. An academic plan creates adjustments to ensure that you have equitable access to education. Your academic plan won’t disclose your diagnosis to faculty staff, but will describe the likely impacts on your learning and let them know what adjustments you are entitled to.

Am I eligible to register with Disability Services?

You’re eligible to register with Disability Services if you have a disability as defined in the Disability Discrimination Act 1992. Common disabilities that students have include:

  • depression
  • anxiety
  • deafness/hearing impairment
  • blindness/vision impairment
  • physical disabilities
  • specific learning disabilities
  • acquired brain injury
  • chronic medical conditions
  • temporary disabilities

Privacy and disclosure

Your personal information is protected under the Privacy and Personal Information Protection Act 1998 (NSW), the Health Records and Information Privacy Act 2002 (NSW) and under the University of Sydney’s Privacy Policy 2017 and Privacy Procedures 2018.

What sorts of adjustments can I get?

Common adjustments include:

  • accessible workspaces, physical access, and modifications
  • lecture recordings
  • lockers for storage
  • assistive technology and/or assistance to purchase assistive technology
  • equipment loans
  • AUSLAN interpreting
  • lecture support, e.g. peer note-taking and access to lecture recordings
  • access to Faculty Disability Liaison Officers (FDLO)
  • library support
  • resting rooms (first aid rooms)

This list is not exhaustive – other support can be negotiated.

How to register with Disability Services

Current students can register online.

You will need to get your health professional to fill out a supporting documentation form – which you can then either upload, email, or take with you to your appointment.

Your registration is completed by attending an appointment with a Disability Service Officer.

Disability rights

The University has a positive duty to promote the full inclusion and participation of students who have disabilities. Australian and NSW law prevents unlawful discrimination against people with disabilities in areas such as:

  • employment
  • education
  • access to public premises

Visit the Australian Human Rights Commission website for the full definition of disability discrimination and disability rights.

What can I do if I believe I have been discriminated against because of my disability?

You have a right to lodge a complaint to the University; to the NSW Anti Disrimination Board; or to the Australian Human Rights Commission.

SUPRA can assist you with any concerns you have and can also help you lodge a complaint.  is a specialist service that also offers information and advocacy for people with disabilities.

See our section on Complaints for further information.

Disability Services
(02) 8627 8422
Level 5, Jane Foss Russell Building (G02), Darlington Campus
disability.services@sydney.edu.au
sydney.edu.au/students/disability-support.html

Further support

People with Disability Australia (PWDA)
PWDA provides information to people with disability, and their associates, and assesses requests for advocacy support where people feel unable to resolve issues or complaints for themselves or require representation.
(02) 9370 3100 or 1800 422 015
TTY: (02) 9318 2138 or 1800 422 016
dris@pwd.org.au
pwd.org.au

SUPRA
(02) 9351 3715
Level 2, Holme Building (A09), Camperdown Campus
help@supra.usyd.edu.au

Need more help?

Student Advice and Advocacy Service

Our Student Advice and Advocacy Officers (SAAOs) can help with academic and wellbeing issues, such as academic appeals, renting and supervision.

Read more about the SUPRA SAAO Service

Legal Service

Our Legal Service solicitors can help with a range of legal issues, including migration law*, intellectual property, contracts, fines and criminal law.

Read more about the SUPRA Legal Service

*MARNs 1911813, 1912229