How do the inherent requirements apply?

It is important to note that inherent requirements are not intended to be used as a tool of exclusion for students living with a disability, long term illness and/or mental health condition.

Any conversation with prospective or current students about inherent requirements should be foregrounded with the understanding that reasonable adjustments are a tool to support them to meet the inherent requirements of a program.

Prospective and/or current students should be encouraged to use inherent requirements information as a basis for conversation about reasonable adjustments with the Disability Liaison Unit (DLU) and/or with the Program Manager prior to making any decisions about their capacity or lack of capacity to meet the inherent requirements of a program.

There may be some circumstances in which, following extensive exploration of reasonable adjustment options via engagement with the student and DLU; it is evident that the student may not be able to meet the inherent requirements of a program. In these circumstances the student should be counselled around this and supported to investigate other program options. Current students may be referred to the Counselling Service or Careers and Employability for support.

Should the student elect to continue in the program against the advice of Program staff, the regular academic progress processes would apply. The University cannot exclude a student from a program on the basis of the inherent requirements.

However if there is a risk to the student or to the community relating to the student undertaking aspects of the program (particularly in relation to WIL activities), the student may be required to defer or cease these activities. The University’s Academic Progress procedures in relation to unsafe practice and/or University Conduct procedures may apply in these circumstances.

It may also be possible that a student who is not able to be appropriately supported by reasonable adjustments to meet the inherent requirements of a program at one time, may be able to meet inherent requirements at another time when, for example, they have recovered or sought treatment. In such cases, students can be advised and supported to take time off for recovery or to continue with aspects of the program which they are able to complete (such as non-placement activities).