Disability Support Services

Disability Services are available to both enrolled and prospective TAFE NSW students who have a disability and have met the entry requirements for a course.

It is TAFE NSW policy that vocational education and training should be equally available to everyone.

TAFE NSW policy supports the Commonwealth Disability Discrimination Act (1993) Disability Standards for Education (2005) and the NSW Disability Services Act (1986). These Acts are based on general principles that people with disabilities have the same rights as other members of the Australian society.

TAFE Western employs specialist Teacher Consultants for Students with Disabilities to ensure that people with a disability have equal access to education and training at Western Institute campuses.

Teacher Consultants provide a range of services to assist students. These include pre-course counselling and assistance with the enrolment process, as well as determining the most appropriate classroom support and assessment modifications. Support services and adjustments are provided in close consultation with the student or their advocate.

A range of strategies can be employed and may involve tutorial support, the use of adaptive technology, a sign language interpreter, note-taker or disability assistant. These adjustments may also apply to students who have a temporary disability.

Teacher/Consultants are available at major campuses and provide support to students at all campuses of the TAFE Western.

You can also call TAFE Disability Programs on (02) 9217 3400 or TTY (Telephone Typewriter for people who are Deaf/hearing impaired) 1800 555 630. Contact can also be made via the National Relay Service (NRS) on 13 36 77, which is provided by the Australian Communication Exchange or speak & listen on 1300 555 727.