Current Students

Learning Access Plans

A Learning Access Plan (LAP) is the formal document developed through Disability Services that details the specialist services, study and assessment accommodations available to an individual student with a disability and/or health condition. Students who need support and study accommodations are required to provide documentation from a health practitioner or if diagnosed with a Learning Disability, required to provide a psychological educational assessment from a relevant practitioner (e.g. School or Educational Psychologist). Once documentation is provided, an appointment can be made to meet with a Disability Adviser to develop a LAP. [Please note that Graduate Research candidates should not apply for LAPs; they are instead individually managed, through the Graduate Research Office (GRO). For more information refer to the information sheet on the Graduate Research website]. 

All LAPs will have a 'Valid until Date' insert and the student can use their LAP in that specified course/s until that time. After that date, their LAP WILL NOT be current and they will need to apply for a new LAP through Disability Services.

If ongoing study and assessment accommodations are required by a student with a LAP that has expired, in most cases, further medical documentation is required and a new LAP is created.

LAPs are reviewed as required to ensure the University is providing the students with appropriate services and accommodations.

A student with a current LAP may have a new plan created if their condition changes, or the availability/appropriateness of support services change. Additionally, a new LAP will be required if a student's course code changes, and the student should contact Disability Services immediately when this occurs.

The LAP will indicate the type of disability as hearing, vision, medical, mobility, physical, mental health, neurological or learning disability. Some students may have a combination of types listed.

The arrangements which are approved by the Faculty's Associate Dean, Learning and Teaching are categorised under the relevant service provider. These arrangements specify the study and assessment accommodations that are required to appropriately support the student with their studies.

Learning Access Plan (LAP) Procedure

The LAP procedure ensures fair, reasonable and consistent assessment of implications, documentation and implementation of the services and accommodations.

Actions Responsible Person
Step 1 Download the Access to Assistance for Students with Disability/Health Condition form which includes a Health Practitioner's Report form or if you have a recognised Learning Disability you are required to provide a copy of a psychological educational/psychometric assessment completed no earlier than senior schooling years from a relevant practitioner (e.g. School or Educational Psychologist). Student
Step 2 Have your Health Practitioner complete the Report form in relation to:
  • nature of the disability/health condition;
  • impact of disability/health condition/medication on study, including performance in lectures, tutorials, laboratories, work placement and assessment or exam situations
  • recommendations in relation to any services and accommodations to assist study.
Health Practitioner with Student
Step 3 Submit Health Practitioner's Report or Psychological Educational/Psychometric Assessment to Student Centre and make an appointment with a Disability Adviser. Student

Procedure Responsible Person
Step 1 Review the Health Practitioner's Report and any additional information provided by specialist community service providers or Psychological Educational/Psychometric Assessment. Disability Adviser
Step 2 Refer to the practitioner's recommendations and interview the student to evaluate the impact of disability/health condition. Disability Adviser and Student
Step 3 Identify obligations under the Disability Discrimination Act and University policies in relation to student's participation in their  chosen course/units (including inherent requirements of the course/units). Disability Adviser
Step 4 Identify services and accommodations through consideration of the following factors:
  • implications of the disability and/or health condition which are likely to impact on participation on components throughout the course
  • the student's skills at that time (i.e. assistive technology, equipment, compensatory strategies)
  • what is practically possible (e.g. the nature of assessment adjustments)
  • the student's preference for services and accommodations which are adjudged fair and reasonable
  • strategies for developing UTAS Graduate Attributes, which are; knowledge, communication skills, problem solving skills, global perspective and social responsibility
Disability Adviser and Student
Step 5 Document the implications of the students' disability and/or health condition on study, relevant services and reasonable study and assessment accommodations within the Learning Access Plan application - student signs completed version. Disability Adviser and Student
Step 6 Submit completed Learning Access Plan application to the Associate Dean Learning and Teaching (AD L&T) within 1 work day.  Disability Services
Step 7 Approve (discuss with Disability Adviser as required) Learning Access Plan application and return copy to Disability Adviser within 7 days. Associate Dean (Learning & Teaching)
Step 8 Provide secured electronic copy of approved Learning Access Plan to student (with a LAP Distribution List) and Examinations Office (when relevant) within 2 work days.  Disability Services
Step 9 Distribute approved Learning Access Plan to relevant UTAS service providers and academic staff for implementation within 2 weeks initially (of receiving approved LAP), and prior to end of week 2 of each new semester ongoing. Student
Step 10 Review services and accommodations and alter where necessary through consultation with student and UTAS staff. Disability Services

Note: All timeframes stated above in this process are contingent on requests for further information.