UTS actively fosters an inclusive environment for people with diverse abilities working or studying at UTS.
The resources and information here are for both staff and students. For students, your main source of information and assistance is the UTS Accessibility Service in the Student Services Unit.
- UTS Accessibility Service is the University’s central contact point for all students with a disability, medical or mental health conditions.
- Disability at UTS: What you need to know contains information for students about disability rights and the university’s responsibilities.
- Inherent Requirements fact sheet for future and current students.
- The Accessibility Resource Guide supports staff with access requirements.
- JobAccess is a free service for employers, people with disability and service providers. It also operates the Employment Assistance fund.
- The Access Guidelines for UTS Events and Training Sessions and the Accessible Events and Training checklist support more inclusive event planning.
- The UTS Access and Inclusion Plan outlines our commitment to honouring the unique contributions of people with diverse abilities.
- Inclusive Education Principles at UTS describes key inclusive education principles, and how we put them into practice.
Accessible facilities at UTS
Access ramps, accessible parking and accessible toilets can be found on the UTS campus map (select the ‘Access and amenities’ tab).
The UTS accessible environments policy ensures that all new facilities are designed to be accessible, and remedial works are carried out where required. The Accessible Environments Advisory Group assists UTS to identify, prioritise and resolve built environment access issues. This includes:
- Design, construction and maintenance of physical facilities
- Access, egress and circulation, continuous accessible pathways of travel, and satisfactory linkages with transport
- Amenities, such as toilets, furniture and equipment
- Communications, including hearing augmentation, lighting and signage
Accessible parking at UTS is enforced by UTS Security, which is authorised to issue parking tickets under an agreement with the NSW RTA and Police. This ensures the accessible parking is available to the people with disabilities who require it.
To park in accessible parking at UTS you need to get a UTS accessible parking permits:
- UTS staff: Complete and submit the UTS accessible parking permit application for staff. Instructions are provided in the form.
- UTS students: UTS Accessibility Service
- Visitors: Contact the UTS Security Office on 1800 249 559
If you have a disability or illness, the University will assist you to carry out your work efficiently by making reasonable changes to the job itself, your work environment or even your work conditions. This is known as ‘workplace adjustment’.
See working with a disability on the StaffConnect for detail on how to apply for a workplace adjustment.
Workplace adjustments can be permanent or temporary and may include:
- Provision of adaptive or modified equipment
- Job redesign
- Modification of a work area or common areas
- Training or retraining (yourself or your colleagues)
- Changes to a staff member’s work hours
In the workplace, assistive technology makes tasks that were previously challenging and difficult for some people with disability, far easier. Assistive technology can include screen readers, mobility aids, hearing aids, lifts and moving stairs, sensor-based switches and extendable reaching devices. This technology is often inexpensive and may be eligible for reimbursement through the Employment Assistance Fund, run by JobAcess.
Staff members with disability mostly know about specific assistive technology that will best suit their needs. However, not everyone will be up to date on the range of equipment available for use in the workplace. Every year, new supports and technology become available. There are many companies and organisations that sell and distribute assistive technologies and these can often change. The best place to start looking for information about communication and assistive technology, is the National Equipment Database, on the Independent Living Centre Australia website.
Costs of implementing workplace adjustment, depending on the nature of the adjustment, will usually be funded through:
- JobAccess Employment Assistance Fund
- Faculty or unit budgets, within an agreed budget limit
- UTS Workplace Disability Fund
- Facilities Management Unit minor works program.
However, bear in mind that some workplace adjustments may have no cost. Even simple tools or human interactions can make the work environment more accessible.
It is important to remember that workplace adjustment is important to think about in terms of all kinds of disability – those that are visible and those that are not. Whether or however someone with a mental health condition chooses to identify or talk about their situation, exploring and identifying access requirements is part of offering support. JobAccess can also provide assistance with access requirements in relation to mental health.
Supporting staff with disabilities
Making your work environment accessible may involve a number of environmental considerations, flexibility of work practices, and specific access requirements in your team systems and processes.
Accessibility is not something you can set and forget. Technologies change, new facilities are built, and staff and students with different access requirements join our university. Accessibility is an ongoing agenda which needs to be revisited.
Any one of us may not know the specific access requirements of the staff and students we work with, which is why we focus on universal access, safety and respect at UTS.
Policies relevant to access and inclusion at UTS:
- UTS Equity, Inclusion & Respect Policy
- UTS Student Rules
- Course Related Work Experience Policy
- Coursework Assessments Policy
- Handling Staff Grievances Policy
- Handling Student Complaints Policy
- Health and Safety Policy
- Student Rights and Responsibilities Policy
- UTS Student Charter
- UTS Workplace Adjustment Procedures
Complaints and grievances
If you believe you are being discriminated against or harassed in your work or study because you have a disability you have an equity-related complaint .You can contact the Equity and Diversity Unit within the Centre for Social Justice and Inclusion on 9514 1084 or email email@example.com.