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Access and inclusion

If you have a disability, medical or mental condition (permanent or temporary), Access and Inclusion can assist you with your studies to ensure equal access and participation in uni life.

Access and Inclusion is free for all CDU students.

If you are a student with a diagnosed health condition, disability, mental health condition, or are a carer, Access and Inclusion can assist you with support for your studies, to ensure equal access and participation in uni life.

Access and Inclusion support is free for all CDU students.

Our Access and Inclusion Team will work with you, your Lecturers and Course Coordinators to make reasonable adjustments to support you in your studies.

Once you register, together we will develop an Access Plan to include adjustments to your studies. You can also get a Placement Plan to help with any placements, field trips or similar activities.


Am I eligible?

Access and Inclusion is available to all enrolled CDU Higher Education and VET Students. If you're a VET for Secondary Schools (VSS) student, get in touch with your school for further support.

The definition of ‘disability’ from the Disability Discrimination Act 1992 is broad. Among other details:

  • It includes physical, intellectual, psychiatric, sensory, neurological and learning disabilities.
  • Disability can be permanent or temporary.
  • It includes some health conditions not usually thought of as disabilities.
  • Carers of people with disability may also be able to access some of our services. See the Carer Recognition Act 2010 for how a carer is defined.

Read the Disability Discrimination Act 1992 here

You are eligible to register for Access and Inclusion if you have a disability, medical or mental health condition or significant carer responsibilities that may affect your studies. Conditions may include, (but are not limited to):

  • Autism Spectrum Disorder
  • Learning Disability (e.g. Dyslexia, Dysgraphia, Dyscalculia)
  • Mental health conditions (e.g. Anxiety, Depression, Bipolar Disorder, OCD)
  • Sensory Impairments (e.g. vision or hearing loss)
  • Physical Disabilities (e.g. Cerebral Palsy, Muscular Dystrophy, Quadriplegia, Paraplegia, Arthritis)
  • Neurological conditions (e.g. Multiple Sclerosis, Epilepsy)
  • Mobility difficulties (e.g. use of mobility aids such as a walker or support cane)
  • Brain injury (e.g. Stroke)
  • Temporary physical conditions, (e.g. broken ankle)
  • Chronic pain (e.g Fibromyalgia)
  • Medical Conditions (e.g. Cancer, Diabetes, Chronic Fatigue Syndrome, Crohn’s Disease)

Even if your Medical Condition or Disability is not listed here, we encourage you to get in contact with Access and Inclusion to discuss your circumstances.

What help can I receive?

Your Access and Inclusion Advisor will identify reasonable adjustments based on the following;

  • your disability or ongoing medical condition
  • the impact/effect of your disability or medical condition
  • supporting medical documentation
  • specific course / program requirements

Your Access and Inclusion Advisor will develop an Access Plan or Placement Plan for you which will list all reasonable adjustments to support your studies. The Access and Inclusion team will then work with you, relevant staff and people who support you to make the adjustments to your learning.

Examples of adjustments include:

  • Alternative Exam / Online Test Arrangements
  • course material in other formats
  • assistive technology and software
  • physical access arrangements
  • additional time for assessments
  • modified placement conditions.

What is an Access Plan?

An Access Plan is a supporting document that is developed by the Access and Inclusion team, which looks at the supporting evidence you provide, and lists all reasonable adjustments made to support you in your studies while keeping your condition confidential.

The Access Plan will help you communicate your learning needs with Lecturers, Course Coordinators and other relevant staff.

For any students requiring support while on a Placement, Access and Inclusion can develop a Placement Plan which will outline any requirements and adjustments.

Your Access Plan will be valid for a set period. The Access and Inclusion team will contact you at least one month prior to the expiry of your plan to review your adjustments and update where appropriate.

Please note: Your Access Plan will not disclose your condition and it will not be listed on any formal documentation. The focus of the document is to outline any reasonable adjustments that will enable you to study with ease.

How do I register?

To register for an Access Plan, you will need to provide evidence of the impacts of your condition/s and recommendations for adjustments from your treating practitioner.

Follow the steps below:

Step 1.

Tick the box on your CDU application form or read through the information listed on the Access and Inclusion Webpage.

Step 2.

Complete the Access and Inclusion Registration Form  and email to

Step 3.

Organise your supporting evidence which outlines the impacts of your condition and the recommendations for adjustments from your mental/health professional. 

If you have a learning disorder, please note that you must provide a psychometric assessment report which diagnoses a learning disorder. It must have been completed in the past three years (or conducted as an adult) by one of the appropriate professionals named in the guidelines.

For all other conditions, please ask your health professional to complete the Access and Inclusion Support Form

Alternatively, your health professional (please refer to the table in the Supporting Documentation Guidelines above) can provide a letter or report which addresses the following points:

  • A diagnosis of the condition,
  • Duration and permanency of the condition,
  • Current impact of condition(s)/symptom(s) on the student’s academic performance and participation in study; and
  • Recommendations for reasonable adjustments to support the student’s study.

Step 4.

Book an appointment online with Access and Inclusion to develop an Access Plan or Placement Plan.

You can register at any time of the year, but we recommend that you register with Access and Inclusion after enrolling, so that we make reasonable adjustments in time for assessments and exams.

Course inherent requirements

Inherent requirements are the essential components of a course or unit that demonstrate the capabilities, knowledge and skills you’ll need in order to achieve the core learning outcomes of the course or unit. In some cases, adjustments may be put into place to allow students to meet inherent requirements.

To find out more about inherent requirements for courses, please contact the relevant College.

Disability Standards for Education 2005

CDU is guided by the Disability Discrimination Act 1992 (DDA) and Disability Standards for Education 2005.

The Disability Standards for Education are subordinate legislation to the DDA and they aim to clarify the legal obligations in relation to education. If an education provider acts in accordance with the standards, they’re deemed to have complied with the DDA.

Sensory Space

Sensory Space is a multi-sensory room dedicated to students. It has been designed and equipped to stimulate the senses. It is an effective space that provides a safe, non-threatening environment to experience a range of sensory stimuli. It increases concentration and focus, provides security, improves creativity, and promotes mental and physical relaxation. This space allows you to feel centred and increases your happiness levels.

How do I access the Sensory Space?

All students have access to the space. All you need to do is swipe your student card to gain access.

Casuarina Campus, Blue 5.1.41

Mon to Fri: 8.30 am - 4.00 pm


To make an appointment with Access and Inclusion book online here

Access and Inclusion             

 Or phone (08) 8946 6288

CDU After-hours Support Line

If you need support, the CDU After-Hours Support Line is available 24/7, to provide immediate assistance for emotional and mental distress.

1300 933 393

Find us at Casuarina Campus

Student Support Services, Blue 5.1.24

Mon to Thurs: 8.30 am – 4.00 pm

Fri: 8.30 am – 3.00 pm

Alice Springs Campus

Student Central, Building 1 Level 1

Mon to Wed:  8.30 am – 4.00 pm

During busy times of semester response times will be within 3 days.

Software accessibility tools

Windows 10


  • Contrast: Customise the colour of your screen. How to Use.
  • Soundscape: Experience maps in 3D sound. Provides sound cues as you walk to guide your experience. For example, receive a sound cue when you walk past Kmart. How to Use.
  • Narrator: Screen reader. How to Use.
  • Magnifier: Enlarges words and images. How to Use.



  • Focus Assist: Customise notifications and alerts to minimise distractions. How to Use.
  • Reading View: Clear distracting content from webpages to stay focused on what you want to read. How to Use.
  • Text suggestions: Text prediction for writing sentences and words. How to Use.
  • Immersive Reader: Immersive reader reads words aloud with simultaneous highlighting. How to Use.
  • Office Lens: Transforms text on a printed page into searchable and editable digital content. How to Use.
  • Editor: Editor provides advanced proofing and editing service. The editor makes suggestions to help you improve your writing. How to Use.
  • Researcher: Helps you find and cite reliable sources and content. How to Use.


  • Dictate: Speech recognition. How to Use.
  • On Screen Keyboard: Type using a mouse or other pointing device, like a trackball or joystick. How to Use.
  • Eye Control: Windows 10 offers built-in support for eye control (eye tracking hardware required). How to Use.
Apple Mac


  • VoiceOver: Screen reader which also gives you helpful hints along the way. How to Use.
  • Audio Descriptions:  Watch movies on your Mac, with detailed audio descriptions of every scene. Movies with audio descriptions available will have AD icon next to it in iTunes.
  • VoiceOver and Braille support: Voiceover screen reader provides plug and play support for refreshable braille displays. How to Use.
  • Zoom: Magnifier that lets you enlarge your screen up to 20 times. How to Use.


  • Screen Flash: Instead of playing an alert sound, your Mac can flash its screen when an app needs your attention.


  • Text to speech: Highlights any text and reads out loud. How to Use.
  • Dark Mode: Your contents takes centre screen while toolbars and menus fade into the background so that you can focus on your work. How to Use.
  • Word Completion: After typing a few letters Word completion will suggest words to help with word building skills. How to Use.


  • Accessibility Keyboard: Gives users with limited mobility advanced typing and navigation ability. How to Use.
  • Dictation: Lets you talk where you would like to type. How to Use.
Web-based solutions




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