Working towards a dream
'Engineering has always been my dream, and my vision impairment wasn’t going to be a barrier. Research showed me that there aren’t many people in the STEM community with a vision impairment, so engineering was a massive leap of faith. I took a chance, and the staff at QUT chose to take it with me.'
Never let your disabilities hinder you
'QUT Disability Services are genuinely there to help you receive the best education. They have great people, always friendly and ready to assist. It's made my uni life easier so I can focus on my work without having to worry about my ‘hearing-barrier’.'
You're not alone
'The disability support services enable me to learn and grow confidence within myself and in my studies, and seek the correct help for my disability. The staff are beautiful people with big hearts. I would encourage others in similar situations to ask questions and use the support available. You're not alone.'
The rewards are worth it
'If you want to go to university, don’t let having a disability stop you. QUT’s Disability Services were there to help and support me every step of the way. I am so surprised at what I have achieved, not only in my undergraduate degree but now continuing on to do higher degree research.'
We offer support services to students who have a disability, injury or health condition - permanent, temporary, episodic or fluctuating. Studying can be challenging at the best of times, which is why it is important that you consider your need for support, and get in touch with Disability Services as soon as possible.
Your appointments with Disability Services are free and confidential. Information will not appear on your student record, or be made available to others without your prior consent, except where required by law, e.g., to preserve health or safety.
Applying to study
If you are considering applying for an undergraduate course and have a disability, injury or health condition, you may be eligible for an adjustment to your selection rank (or equivalent OP) through the Educational Access Scheme. Apply for the Educational Access Scheme when you complete your QTAC application.
QUT Disability Advisers (DAs) work across both QUT campuses. If you wish, parents and carers may attend your appointment with you. At your first appointment we will discuss the nature of your condition, and its likely impact on your studies. Each student is different, so the support required will vary depending on your capacities and the requirements and demands of your course. Your DA will explain the types of supports that are available and how a Disability Service Plan can be implemented to ensure you receive the support you need as seamlessly as possible.
You need to make an appointment with a Disability Adviser each semester if you want to remain registered with the disability program and receive ongoing support.
Examples of support include:
- assessment support, including altered exam arrangements
- a note-taker program
- assistive technology support
- alternative formatting of course materials
Contact Disability Services to make an appointment.
QUT has an ongoing program to ensure that all our buildings are accessible for students with a disability.
Our accessibility maps can help you navigate our campuses:
Parking on campus
Accessible parking is offered on all QUT campuses and is managed by QUT Facilities Management. Parking, accessible and non-accessible, is in high demand at Gardens Point and Kelvin Grove campuses early contact is essential if you require on-campus parking.
Mobility on campus
Hand-operated electric mobility scooters may be loaned to students for use on campus. There are conditions for using these scooters, including medical clearance. Contact your Disability Adviser for more information about conditions of use, availability and/or other options if you are mobility impaired.
Brisbane City Council operates a shuttle bus service between Gardens Point and Kelvin Grove campuses - route 391. The services is free for students and staff with a QUT identity card.
Information about the shuttle bus timetable and stops are available at the shuttle bus page. Should you experience any difficulties or have questions about the service contact QUT Facilities Management.
Assistive technology rooms
Assistive technology rooms are equipped with specialised computing equipment, enabling students with a disability to independently access the various electronic media essential for academic success. Rooms are located at both campuses.
For more information about access to the rooms and using the resources provided, please contact Equity Services.