Inherent requirements are the non-academic abilities needed to complete a given program.
RMIT is committed to supporting diversity and inclusion. Educational institutions have a responsibility to ensure that students with a disability can access and participate in education on the same basis as their peers. This is mandated under the Disability Standards for Education 2005 (enacted under the Disability Discrimination Act 1992). Reasonable adjustments are a means by which an educational institution can support students to meet the inherent requirements of a program and participate fully in their program of study.
However for some programs of study, some students may not be able to successfully participate despite the implementation of reasonable adjustments, due to an intrinsic conflict between the requirements of the program and the nature of the student’s disability or medical condition. Programs where this situation might arise are most likely to be those that have a compulsory work integrated learning placement activity in a community setting such as health, medical and education programs.
Submissions to the Review of the Disability Standards for Education in 2012 suggested that in order to pro-actively support students with disabilities, education providers should articulate the essential or inherent requirements of their programs of study to prospective and continuing students. In response to this, RMIT commenced a project to explore the development of inherent requirements for its programs in 2014.
The intent of developing and publishing inherent requirements is not to exclude students with a particular disability, long term illness and/or mental health condition from pursuing a program of study. Instead, it is a means of assisting students to make informed decisions when considering undertaking specific programs of study by the provision of comprehensive information about what that program of study will entail. It also provides students with an opportunity to consider what supports (reasonable adjustments) they may require throughout their studies at University.