Documentation requirements

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Documentation requirements


Students registering with AccessAbility Services due to a disability or health condition must provide current diagnostic evidence of their requirement for any reasonable academic adjustments and support. Adjustments available will depend on the inherent requirements for each course.

This information should be on letterhead from an Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency (AHPRA) qualified professional, and state whether the condition is permanent, temporary or variable.

Students should provide a completed Health Practitioner's Report (PDF 120KB)*, or the same information contained on letterhead from the relevant health professional. Medical certificates with insufficient information will not be accepted.

Documentation should be no more than three years old for learning disabilities, or six months old for variable health conditions.

Guidelines for academic accommodations

Condition Documentation required
Mental health condition
(eg depression; anxiety disorder; schizophrenia)
Assessment by a psychologist; psychiatrist or GP
Physical impairment
(eg Muscular dystrophy, arthritis)
Assessment by a medical specialist;  physiotherapist or GP
Medical condition
(eg chronic fatigue syndrome; epilepsy; diabetes)

Assessment by a medical specialist or GP

Vision impairment Assessment by an ophthalmologist; optometrist or GP, Specialist Vision Testing Service (such as Vision Australia Services). Should include the extent of vision loss and visual acuity, use of assistive equipment, and specific impact in a learning environment
Hearing impairment Assessment by an audiologist or GP. Should include use of hearing aids or assistive technology, and how the hearing loss specifically impacts in a learning environment
Neurological disorder
(eg acquired brain injury; cerebral palsy, multiple sclerosis)
Assessment by a neurologist; psychiatrist; neuropsychologist
Learning disorder
(eg dyslexia; dyscalculia)

Assessment by a psychologist. Must include results of standardised assessment of information processing. This needs to have been completed at the age 17 or later. Recommendations must be substantiated by test results.

Attention deficit hyperactivity disorder Assessment by a psychiatrist or psychologist.
Must provide evidence of ADHD / ADD, and how it specifically impacts in a learning environment
Autism Spectrum Disorder (Autism, Asperger's disorder, Rett's disorder) Assessment by a paediatrician; psychiatrist or psychologist
Temporary Condition or Injury


  • Broken bones affecting mobility or writing ability
  • Impending surgery affecting study ability
Assessment by a GP; relevant registered health professional
  • Documentation must state the nature of the condition and limitations on academic performance;
  • Specifies dates or a timeframe for which the student is expected to be affected by the condition or when the student is due to be reassessed;
  • Suggested recommendations and reasons for adjustments;
  • Current documentary evidence of the condition.

Students with documentation relating to "Irlen Syndrome" or "Scotopic Sensitivity" that does not include comprehensive testing as outlined above or the student's current aptitude, achievement or ability to process information, will receive adjustments limited to use/provision of coloured paper and suitable lighting for examinations only. More extensive support will require a comprehensive assessment and report as detailed above.

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