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Disability and Higher Education in Australia

On Monday, 14 November 2022, the National Union of Students, The Australian Law Students’ Association, and the Australian Medical Students’ Association released a Joint Position Statement and Research Report about Disability and Higher Education in Australia.

The document begins with the following statement:

We — as peak bodies and representative organisations within Australia’s higher education sector — write on behalf of the below signatories and endorsing organisations to seek urgent reform to not only the Disability Discrimination Act 1992 (Cth) (‘DDA’) and subordinate legislation such as the Disability Standards for Education 2005 (Cth) (‘DSE’), but also the higher education sector at large.

Recognising the systemic neglect experienced by disabled students and disabled staff (including disabled academics), we call for strong action by the higher education sector — including from universities and regulatory bodies such as the Tertiary Education Quality and Standards Agency (‘TEQSA’) and the Australian Skills Quality Authority (‘ASQA’) — to promote equal access to education and non-discrimination for people with disabilities.

Imagine More endorses this report and is pleased to share it with you.The cover of the position statement and report titled Disability and Higher Education

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