Frequently asked questions

Are the following considered to be inherent requirements?

Examinations

No. Examinations are a means of assessing learning; they do not constitute inherent requirements. Alternative assessment arrangements can be implemented in lieu of exams in some circumstances.

English language requirements (e.g. EAL)

No. These are prerequisites or entry requirements and cannot be accommodated via reasonable adjustments.

Working with Children / National Police Record Check

No. These requirements are non-negotiable and do not provide any scope for reasonable adjustments. They are prerequisites for professional experience placements. As such, they are not the same as inherent requirements – but, like inherent requirements should be made clear to prospective students prior to application. Further, as a student’s status can change, consideration should be given to ensuring that enrolled student’s status in relation to legal requirements is confirmed each year.

Similarly, programs that have professional registration should ensure that students are made aware of the Practice Standards and Codes of Conduct for the Board prior to undertaking professional experience placements.

Group Work

No. Group work is a learning activity. Functionally, a student may require verbal and social communication skills to participate in group work. However, reasonable adjustments or alternative assessment arrangements can be implemented to support students who may have difficulty participating in group work.

Full time WIL placements

No. WIL activities may be a compulsory part of a program, particularly in Health, Medical and Education areas due to professional registration requirements. However, most registration bodies can accommodate students undertaking part time placements. The logistics of part time professional experience placements however do need to be considered when such arrangements are put into place.

How will inherent requirements be communicated once they are developed?

Inherent requirements information for each program of study with practical placement or clinical component are available on the RMIT website in an accessible format for future and continuing students and staff.

Prospective students

Prospective students can be directed to the inherent requirements of their program via the marketing program summary on the RMIT website, or Applying to RMIT.

Commencing students

Upon enrolment, students will be directed to indicate that they have read the inherent requirements for their program as part of signing off their student responsibilities.

Staff will refer students to the inherent requirements during Orientation. Schools may also opt to publish the program inherent requirements in the Program Guide.

Should students have concerns about their ability to fulfil the inherent requirements of their chosen program, they will be directed to the School and the Disability Liaison Unit for a further discussion about what reasonable adjustments can be implemented to support them to meet the inherent requirements.

Current students

As inherent requirements are developed and published on the website for each program, program staff are responsible for ensuring that current students are made aware of this information.

Can a student be excluded from a program on the basis of an inability to meet the inherent requirements?

No. Students can choose to continue in a program, despite a recommendation (after rigorous exploration of reasonable adjustment options) that they may not be able to meet the inherent requirements. RMIT’s Academic Progress process may come into effect if a student’s capacity to succeed in a course (such as a placement) is impacted by their inability to meet inherencies in that course.

Inherent requirements do not pose an alternative to Academic Progress or Conduct processes.

What is the University’s responsibility in relation to the inherent requirements of professions associated with RMIT’s programs?

The University is only able to provide prospective or current students with the inherent requirements of its programs which, in some cases are accredited by registration bodies /regulation agencies and are thereby aligned with industry requirements.

Whilst it is not incumbent upon the University to outline the inherent requirements of associated professions to completing students, information regarding employment requirements can and should be integrated into program content.

Provided with this information and with an understanding of their condition, students can make decisions based on their personal circumstances regarding their employment pathway following completion of their studies.