How to register

To register for disability support, you will need to make an appointment to meet with a Student Services Advisor. This will help us to assess which services you need to enable you to participate productively and independently in your studies.  


Supporting documentation

To assist you to study independently, you can access disability support and arrange adjustments. You'll need to register with us first. To do this:

  1. Download the Disability Support Medical Documentation Form and have it completed and signed by a qualified health professional.
  2. Contact Student Services on your SAE Campus to make an appointment to see a Student Services Advisor to discuss your needs.

Other documents:

Alternatively, you can provide original documents on letterhead that provide information about:

  • the nature of your disability (if you have a learning disability, you'll need to provide a full psychological assessment);
  • whether your disability is mild, moderate or severe;
  • whether your disability is short term, fluctuating or degenerative;
  • short-term, fluctuating or permanent;
  • how your disability affects your study (impact on your studies);
  • arrangements recommended for you;
  • any previous arrangements made for you at school or university;
  • how long your documentation is valid for.

If you are unsure who to seek supporting documentation from, please refer to the Guidelines for Supporting Medical Documentation

For any enquiries, please contact your Student Services Advisor.

Make an appointment

A Student Services Advisor will help you evaluate your academic requirements, develop a Student Access plan for you, and organise the appropriate arrangements.

Please see below for details on how to make an appointment:


 Phone: (02) 8241 5307


 Location: 39 Regent Street, Chippendale, NSW 2008


 Phone: (07) 3850 2000


 Location: Corner of Jane Street and Riverside DriveWest End, Brisbane, QLD 4101


 Phone: (03) 8632 3400


 Location: 235 Normanby Road, South Melbourne, VIC 3205


 Phone: (08) 8215 7800


 Location: Level 2, 282 Gouger Street, Adelaide, SA 5000


 Phone: (08) 6217 4100


 Location: 116 Roe Street, Northbridge, WA 6003


 Phone: (02) 6639 6017


 Location: Room 6, 373-391 Ewingsdale Road, Byron Bay, NSW 2481



Student Access Plan Disability (SAPD)

A Student Access Plan Disability (SAPD) may be devised for you to facilitate a partnership between yourself as the student, academic staff and Student Services in relation to managing information on, and the responsibilities of providing services and reasonable adjustments for you.

Development of a SAPD is voluntary. You will need to disclose your disability to the Student Services Advisor if you require reasonable adjustments, and provide relevant supporting medical documentation.  

What is disclosure?

Disclosure is the formal process of telling our Student Services Advisors about your disability. In general terms, it might mean:

  • educating someone about your disability or impairment;
  • telling someone about the impact of your disability or impairment on study and how you do things successfully;
  • providing documentation about your disability or impairment.


The development of a Student Access Plan (Disability) involves several steps:

  1. The Student Services Advisor will assess the student with a disability in relation to the implications of the disability for the student’s learning needs and the nature of any specific adjustments needed, and will explain to the student the need for consultation with all the appropriate personnel involved in developing the Plan. 

  2. The Student Services Advisor is responsible for developed the SAPD, which will include suggested reasonable adjustments for teaching and learning and assessment. Suggested Adjustments and strategies on the SAPD should prevent either advantage or disadvantage for students with disabilities.

  3. Once the SAPD has been developed, it will be sent to the Department Coordinators of the student. The Department Coordinator is invited to review and respond to the suggested adjustments on the SAPD. As experts in their subject area, feedback from the Department Coordinator will enable the development of a plan that facilitates student access to the specific requirements of the course.

  4. Once the Department Coordinator has responded to the SAPD, it will progress to the Academic Coordinator for final comment. Once the Academic Coordinator has submitted his or her final comment, the SAPD will return to the Student Services Advisor and be finalised. 

  5. The Student Services Advisor will then send an electronic copy of the SAPD to the student. 

For more information, see the Student Access Plan Disability (SAPD) Procedure.  

Examination Adjustments

Please note: The process for organising examination adjustments is separate from that of the SAPD. If you require arrangements for reasonable adjustment in examinations, you will need to complete a Special Consideration Form. You will require supporting medical documentation which, in conjunction with consultation, will be used to ascertain the appropriate arrangements for reasonable adjustments in Examinations. This will be forwarded to the Department Coordinator for their consideration.

Privacy Statement

The information you provide is collected for the purpose of developing and approving your student access plan and the provision of other required support to assist you to reach your full potential here at SAE.  The Institute will use your student access plan and provide a copy of it to relevant SAE staff, including course coordinators, lecturers and tutors to ensure the effective delivery of support and academic adjustments.

SAE may also use your information to evaluate the quality of services provided through Student Access Plans.  Otherwise, the information you provide will remain confidential.

Under some circumstances, we may need to disclose your personal or health information to an external organisation or person. We will only do this if:

  • the disclosure is required by law, such as an Act of Parliament, subpoena, warrant, or other legal instrument;
  • your express consent has been obtained for the disclosure;
  • the Institute reasonably believes that disclosure is necessary to lessen or prevent a serious and imminent threat to your life, health or safety, or of another person, or a serious threat to health or public safety.

For further information please consult the SAE Information Privacy Policy.