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Support for scholars with disabilities

Refer Australia Awards Scholarships Policy Handbook Section 9 pg. 49-53 and Sections 8.3 and 8.4 pp. 41-42.

59.    Is Australia disability friendly?

Yes. Most public places including universities, markets and parks are being custom-built or upgraded to be disability friendly. For example, universities have accessible lifts, parking, campus services and toilets. Most universities have dedicated disability services that provide free, confidential services to students with disabilities.

Universities also have health and counselling services that are free or offered at cheaper rates for students and international student services centres where students can make appointments to discuss matters impacting on their lives in Australia.

University accommodation and many private apartments have elevators that allow access to buildings and houses. It is important to note that private housing is not always customized and awardees should check this when considering accommodation options.

60.    Will I be able to use public transport?

Australia has extensive public transport infrastructure (rail, tram, buses and taxis) linking different parts of a city. Most public transport is customized to enable disability and baby pram access. Trains and buses usually have exclusive spaces for wheelchairs.

61.    Will I be able to shop for groceries and other necessities?

Australia has well-developed retail outlets, located conveniently across cities and towns, where you can do weekly/monthly shopping at affordable prices. Large retail stores are designed to enable disability access.

62.    What support services, equipment or devices will be available to me? For example, can I have a disability carer/support person?

Reasonable support such as disability services, equipment or devices is assessed on a case-by-case ‘needs’ basis to assist awardees with disabilities. This can include academic and non-academic support such as additional financial support for disability carers or support persons, medical costs, specialist equipment or devices. Support can include changes to the way a person with a disability enrols in a course, alterations to the physical environment and other facilities, alternative methods in the way teaching is delivered and skills are assessed.

Australian Universities are obliged to ensure awardees with disabilities have access to necessary support mechanisms for their studies, such as altered learning materials and accessibility throughout the university.