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Disability Support Services

If you have a long term impairment, disability or a medical condition, TAFE NSW may be able to offer you services and support to help you succeed in your studies.

  • Do you have a chronic medical condition? (For example Lupus, Epilepsy, Chronic Asthma, Crohn’s Disease)
  • Are you in recovery from a medical condition? (For example Cancer, Autoimmune Disease, Brain injury)
  • Do you have a physical disability or a mobility, vision or hearing impairment?
  • Did you have trouble with learning at school? Do you consider yourself to have dyslexia or a learning disability?
  • Have you experienced anxiety or depression which may have impacted your day-to-day life?
  • Do you have a mental health diagnosis?
  • Are you on the Autism Spectrum?

Do you identify as having a disability or condition that may impact on your ability to study, or think that you might? Talk to us about the services we can offer you.

You can find out about our services below.

Helping you make the most of your ability

At TAFE NSW we understand that every student has individual needs. If you are living with an injury, a disability or a health condition, we can provide support for your studies.

The decision to take on study is a big one - if you are ready, we want to be there for you, helping you take advantage of every opportunity, from enrolment through to graduation.

By letting us know about your disability, health condition or extra learning needs at the time you enrol, we will be able to help you get the right support, and may even be able to save you money on your fees!

Of course, a Disability Consultant will need to verify your disability, so please bring any documentation you have concerning your injury, disability or medical condition to your first appointment.

Remember, if you are not sure about any of this please ask, so we can help clarify your particular situation.

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Four reasons to let us know you need support:

  1. Our support services are free and confidential and available to both enroled and prospective students
  2. You may be eligible for an exemption (you pay nothing) or a concession (you pay a reduced amount) on your course fee
  3. You’ll get the right support to achieve study success, right from the very start
  4. We will respect your privacy

You can call us on 131 601 and ask to speak to a Disability Consultant, or make an appointment to meet before you enrol.

When you enrol through our Contact Centre on 131 601 you can tell the Customer Contact Officer that you need support and you will be connected with a Disability Consultant.

Or, when you come to your local campus to enrol, tell the Student Support Officer that you need support and you will be connected with a Disability Consultant.

If you complete your enrolment online, tick the Disability box and you will be connected with a Disability Consultant before your enrolment is finalised.

Or you can visit your local Student Hub/Student Central and ask to be introduced to a Disability Consultant. Our Hub staff are there to assist you.

Remember to bring any paperwork that you have on your injury, medical condition or disability to help us identify the right supports and services for you.

Disability Consultants provide a range of services to assist students. These include pre-course counselling to find the right course, deciding with you if classroom support is needed, and working out with you what supports would help. Disability Consultants will also assist you with verifying your disability.

Support can include assistive technology such as, Read Write Gold, JAWS, and more. You might need a sign language interpreter or someone to take notes for you. Sometimes extra tuition might be helpful. Your Disability Consultant may be able to make changes to your learning experience to better suit you, from the times you attend class, the learning tasks you receive, or your course’s assessment method.

If you have an injury , medical condition or disability, but do not need assistance as a student, that's okay. You may still be eligible for an exemption (you pay no money) or a concession (you pay a reduced amount) on your course fee.

So talk with a Disability Consultant about the best course for you, your needs, and your goals.

Phone calls for the hearing-or speech-impaired

If you are deaf, hearing-impaired or speech-impaired, the National Relay Service (NRS) lets you call or take phone calls from anyone at any time. A trained officer relays the phone conversation between you and the other party. Depending on your circumstances, you need a standard telephone, a computer with modem, or a TTY (teletypewriter).

The NRS is an Australian initiative and is available 24 hours a day, seven days a week. All relay calls are confidential. Using the NRS, costs about the same as a local phone call. Free training is available on making relay calls.

  • If you are a TTY or voice user, ring 13 36 77 then dial the phone number you wish to call.
  • If you are a Speak and Listen user, ring 1300 555 727 then ask for the phone number you wish to call.
  • If you are an internet relay user, go to www.relayservice.com.au and enter the phone number you wish to call.

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