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Disability Policy

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Section 1 - Key Information

Policy Type and Approval Body Administrative – Vice-Chancellor
Accountable Executive – Policy Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Academic)
Responsible Manager – Policy TBC
Review Date 14 May 2027
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Section 2 - Background and Purpose

(1) The Policy articulates La Trobe University’s (the University) commitment to accessibility and disability inclusion and providing staff, students and visitors to the University who have a disability with an environment that is free from harassment and discrimination and which recognises they have the same fundamental rights as the rest of the University community under the Disability Discrimination Act, 1992 (Cth) (DDA), Equal Opportunity Act 2010 and the Fair Work Act 2009 (Cth).

(2) To develop and maintain an inclusive culture that proactively eliminates barriers to access and participation in work and study.

(3) This Policy reflects the La Trobe University Enterprise Agreement 2023 (Enterprise Agreement) commitment to providing workplace adjustments to support staff with a disability and aligns with the Workplace Adjustment (Staff) Policy.

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Section 3 - Scope

(4) This Policy applies to:

  1. all campuses, all staff, students and official visitors to the University; and
  2. all official University activities, including those held off campus and/or through an official partnership of the University.
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Section 4 - Key Decisions

Key Decisions  Role
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Section 5 - Policy Statement

(5) The University is committed to ensuring:

  1. the elimination of direct or indirect discrimination against a person with a disability
  2. the use of Web Content Accessibility Guidelines, Universal Design for Learning principles and Access to Premises Standards to guide the University’s building, facilities, academic programs, curriculum and services
  3. freedom from harassment and discrimination
  4. promotion of human dignity, rights and opportunities
  5. protection of privacy and confidentiality
  6. promotion of understanding and awareness of equity and diversity 
  7. staff and student experience will be comparable for those with and without disability
  8. ongoing consultation with staff and students with a disability
  9. selection of staff and students on merit
  10. reasonable adjustments to allow access for students and staff with a disability to the academic programs, services and facilities of the University on the same basis as other people
  11. the monitoring of student and staff experience in order to inform policy and the provision of services
  12. the implementation and monitoring of the Universal Design and Inclusion Action Plan 2023-2030 to cover all areas of University life
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Section 6 - Procedures

(6) Refer to Universal Design and Inclusion Action Plan 2023-2030.

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Section 7 - Definitions

(7) For the purpose of this Policy:

  1. Disability: The definition of disability adopted by La Trobe University is that which appears in Section 4 of the Disability Discrimination Act 1992.
  2. Disability (Access to Premises - Buildings) Standards 2010: building accessibility and safety standards to meet future needs and current expectations of equity and fairness.
  3. Disability Action Plan: a strategic planning document that aims to make the University more accessible and inclusive for people with a disability.
  4. Discrimination: The definition of discrimination adopted by La Trobe University is that which appears in Sections 5 and 6 of the Disability Discrimination Act 1992.
  5. Inclusive culture: the development of policy, practice and assessment which is effective for all learners.
  6. Reasonable adjustment: the term applied to modifying the learning or work environment, or making changes to the curriculum to assist a learner with a disability or to assist a staff member with a disability to be able to perform their work.
  7. Universal Design for Learning: educational framework that guides the development of flexible learning environments to accommodate individual learning differences.
  8. Web Content Accessibility Guidelines (WCAG 2.0): a single shared standard for web content accessibility that meets the needs of individuals, organisations and governments internationally.
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Section 8 - Authority and Associated Information

(8) This Policy is made under the:

  1. La Trobe University Act 2009
  2. Disability Discrimination Act 1992
  3. Equal Opportunity Act 2010
  4. Fair Work Act 2009

(9) Associated information includes:

  1. La Trobe University Enterprise Agreement 2023
  2. University Code of Conduct
  3. Workplace Issue Resolution (Staff) Procedure
  4. Workplace Adjustment (Staff) Policy