UTS offers a range of facilities and procedures to assist students trying to balance carer responsibilities with the demands of their studies.
UTS offers flexible study loads as well as the opportunity to withdraw without academic and financial penalty before the semester census dates. If you need assessment arrangements for tasks other than centrally-conducted exams your ALO will advise the relevant lecturers.
It is possible for adjustments to be made to the time frame of assessments if:
you have significant carer responsibilities, or
your assessment will be significantly affected by your pregnancy.
Study load requirements can be checked in the UTS Handbook or discussed with an advisor in your faculty's Student Centre. Please check with your lecturers after the assessment task is scheduled to ensure they are aware of any arrangements made.
There is limited flexibility in subject load for international students; please consult with UTS International on Commonwealth Government reqirements for individual cases. International students on an exchange or scholarship program should check the enrolment requirements of their program.
UTS provides long day care centres for children aged 0-5 years.
If our child care is not suitable or available to you, please contact the UTS Child Care CEO for alternative services.
Children on campus
We recognise there may be occasions when parents or carers may need to bring a child with them onto campus. Students are advised to seek permission from their lecturer, who can consider possible class disruptions disrupted, as well as any safety issues.
Carers may take children into the UTS Library if they are always accompanied by the carer and moved from quiet areas if required.
The Counselling Service is available at City campus (Monday to Friday) and Kuring-gai campus (Monday to Wednesday). There is an evening service on Thursday nights at the City Campus, and telephone counselling can also be arranged.
The Counselling Service may be able to provide Special Consideration Professional Authority statements to students who have sought assistance in relation to managing their carer responsibilities or documentation to assist students with applications for assessment adjustment arrangements.
In addition to personal counselling the Counselling Service offers a wide range of self-help resources on its website.
Students can apply to the Financial Assistance Service for interest-free student loans and small grants to assist them with financial difficulties related to their carer responsibilities. Students who are on low incomes may be able to apply for Diversity Access Scholarships.
The UTS Health Service provides a general bulk-billing medical practice in Building 1, the Tower, on level 6. International students are not charged for more services if they have Medibank Private Overseas Student Health Cover.
Applying for assistance
Students who have family/caring responsibilities or are pregnant can apply for assessment adjustment arrangements for their study.
External assistance for Carers
Carers NSW (opens an external site) is an organisation offering support for people who are caring for someone with a disability, ongoing medical condition, drug or alcohol dependency, chronic condition, terminal illness or who are frail. They offer a six-week group counselling program called Talk-Link. The program is run over the telephone and is free for carers across NSW. For information or registration freecall 1800 242 636.
Young Carers NSW (opens an external site) is an organisation who provides free services to young carers. Their services include: counselling, phone counselling and referrals.