Carers on campus

If you are a student who is caring for someone with a disability you may be eligible for support through AccessAbility Services. If you are planning to bring your own carer on to campus please read the important information below which includes implications for insurance.

Students who are carers

If you’re a primary carer for a relative or friend who has a disability and your responsibilities are impacting on your studies, you may be eligible for support and adjustments to your study program and a Curtin Access Plan.

Definition of a carer

A carer is defined by the Carer Recognition Act 2010 as “an individual who provides personal care, support and assistance to another individual who needs it because that other individual:

  1. has a disability; or
  2. has a medical condition (including a terminal or chronic illness); or
  3. has a mental illness; or
  4. is frail and aged.

An individual is not a carer merely because he or she (a) is the spouse, de facto partner, parent, child or other relative of an individual, or is the guardian of an individual; or (b) lives with an individual who requires care.

Carer’s documentation requirements

Supporting documentation confirming your carer status will be required. Please complete the Health Professional Report for Carers [.pdf 276kb] and a health professional who is aware of your situation to complete the relevant sections.

If you are providing a letter from a health professional instead of using the form it must be current and include:

  • information about the condition of the person you are caring for,
  • whether their condition is permanent, temporary, and
  • how your study may be impacted by your caring responsibilities.

More information and support

Contact AccessAbility Services to make an appointment to discuss your situation and how we may be able to assist you.

We understand that being a carer can be stressful, especially when you’re also studying. If you’d like to talk to someone about it, contact our student wellbeing advisors.

Bringing your carer to campus

Please contact AccessAbility Services if you intend to bring a carer to campus. It’s important that teaching staff are aware of any carers who are supporting student in class, and also that carers are aware of relevant Curtin policies and procedures. We may also be able to provide you with additional assistance and support to ensure that you can access your studies.

Insurance coverage for carers on Curtin campuses

If it’s necessary for you to bring a carer to assist you on campus, it is important that you consider the insurance obligations for the carer, especially as Curtin can’t provide insurance coverage for any carer unless they’re employed directly by the University.

In the instance where a carer is provided by an external body, the external organisation should indemnify and provide insurance coverage for their carers. However, this wouldn’t apply if a relative or friend is acting in a voluntary capacity and offering their services free of charge to you. In these circumstances, it is important that both you and your carer understand any exposures that may exist, in respect of their liability and/or injuries/illnesses sustained while performing these caring duties.