UOW's legislative obligations

UOW is required, by federal and state legislation, to ensure that students with disability are provided with opportunities to realise their potential through participating in education and training on the same basis as other students.

This applies not only to physical access barriers and the provision of support services, but also to teaching and learning strategies, assessment methods and administrative policies.

Legislative obligations include:

Rights and responsibilities of staff and students

The above legislation encourages equitable, inclusive access to university education for people with disabilities. It also provides both staff and students with clear rights and responsibilities. To break it down further, below are some further resources you can use to get a better understanding of how the support system operates. 


Australian Disability Clearinghouse on Education and Training (ADCET)

This section of the ADCET website is designed for people with disability and/or medical conditions.  It provides information and resources that may be useful for current students or potential students who are considering post-secondary education or training at university, TAFE or with a Registered Training Organisation.

Australian Human Rights Commission

The Australian Human Rights Commission undertake a wide range of activities to assist individuals and organisations to understand their rights and meet their legal responsibilities in regards to disability.

To find out more about disability rights and education visit the Australian Human Rights Commission 'Education' website

The Anti-Discrimination Board (ADB) of NSW

Disability discrimination is against the law in a number of situations including 'when you apply to get into, or are studying in, any government school, college, TAFE or university'.

Download the ADB Disability Discrimination Fact Sheet to find out more about rights to education.