Disability services

Deakin's Disability Resource Centre (DRC) promotes inclusion and access. It provides information and services for students and staff with a disability, health or mental health condition that affects their work, study or participation in university life.

Who can use our services?

The DRC's services are for Deakin students and staff who have a disability, health or mental health condition that affects their work, study or participation in university life. 

The range of people who access our services is quite large. Here are some examples of people who we can assist: 

  • Students with health issues such as asthma, cancer or mental health problems who find there are periods of time when studying is very difficult.
  • Students with learning disabilities who benefit from alternative approaches to learning.
  • Students with hearing impairments who use sign language interpreters in class.
  • Students with broken limbs that stop them from doing their exams or from getting to class for a while.
  • Staff members with a disability or health condition that affects their employment.

If you are the full-time sole carer of someone with a disability, you may also be able to access some services.

What is defined as a disability?

The definition of 'disability' under the Disability Discrimination Act 1992 (Cwlth) is broad. It includes physical, intellectual, psychiatric, sensory, neurological and learning disabilities. 

Disability can be permanent or temporary. The term includes some health conditions not usually thought of as disabilities.

Supporting people with a disability in recruitment

At Deakin University, the Human Resources Division's Recruitment and Onboarding team have been working with the National Disability Recruitment Coordinator and Equity and Diversity to build disability knowledge and confidence.

Together, the teams have worked closely to audit Deakin's recruitment process, in order to identify gaps relating to recruitment methods, and the ability to provide support and accessibility to candidates with disabilities.

Register with the Disability Resource Centre

Find out more about the services we offer and how to register with the Disability Resource Centre.

Learn more about the Disability Resource Centre