WHAT ARE REASONABLE ADJUSTMENTS?
Reasonable Adjustments are a change to a module or program which may alter, within reason, the specific activities without compromising the essential learning objectives and/or the inherent requirements of the module or program. Not all people who have a disability require reasonable adjustments.
WHAT ARE INHERENT REQUIREMENTS?
The Australian Human Rights Commission states inherent requirements, in the circumstances of each job, may include:
- The ability to perform tasks or functions which are a necessary part of the job productivity and quality requirements;
- The ability to work effectively in the team or other type of work organisation concerned; and
- The ability to work safely.
In assessing whether an adjustment to a module or program in which a student is enrolled, or proposes to be enrolled, is reasonable, SAE is entitled to maintain the academic requirements of the module or program, and other requirements or components that are inherent in or essential to its nature (Disability Standards for Education). Further explanation of these and related concepts can be found in the Commonwealth and State legislation and at Employment and the Disability Discrimination Act.
DETERMINING REASONABLE ADJUSTMENTS
Whether an adjustment is reasonable will be determined in accordance with the Disability Standards for Education. This will involve taking into account all the relevant circumstances and interests, including the student's Disability; the effect of the proposed adjustment on the student and on anyone else affected, including the Institute, staff and other students.
Reasonable adjustments may encompass a range of areas including:
- Amendments to assessment arrangements, such as flexible assignment deadlines;
- Flexibility in attendance requirements;
- Alternative Exam Arrangements;
- Teaching delivery and format, such as lecturers providing slides and other teaching material to students in advance of class, or the recording of lectures.