Curtin Access Plan

A Curtin Access Plan (CAP) is a document provided by Disability Services that outlines the study and assessment adjustments recommended for you as a student with a disability/medical condition or a carer of a person with disability.

The content of the CAP is negotiated with you and it will only contain information that you agree to release. It can include information about your disability/medical condition if you wish to disclose this information.

A CAP has an end date after which it is not valid. This date is determined by the disability advisor dependent on a number of factors. In some cases it is valid for the duration of your course.

It’s your responsibility to ensure that relevant university staff, particularly your unit coordinators, have a copy of your CAP each semester.

Download a sample CAP [.pdf 110kb]

How do I develop a Curtin Access Plan?

Make an appointment with a disability advisor to discuss your situation and the support you may need at Curtin. If you can’t get to the Bentley Campus, you can make a phone appointment.

Please provide supporting documentation from your treating health practitioner at your first appointment. We may require updated documentation when your CAP is due for review or your health circumstances change.

Once you’ve discussed your situation with the disability advisor and provided the required medical documentation, your CAP will be developed or updated in consultation with you.

How is my Curtin Access Plan distributed?

You will be provided with a hard copy and/or a PDF copy so that you can use it to inform staff about your requirements. We suggest that you email the PDF to your unit coordinators, course coordinator and other relevant staff at the start of each semester or study period, or immediately after the document is developed if it’s during the semester or study period.

If you prefer to have your CAP distributed by Disability Services, a disability advisor can forward a copy to your unit coordinator/s or other nominated staff. Make sure that you provide the disability advisor with the contact details of the relevant staff each semester.

Once presented to an academic staff member, while your confidentiality will be respected as much as possible, your CAP may be shared with other staff within the school/faculty if it is necessary in order to provide the adjustments or support you require.

Do I have to disclose my disability in the Curtin Access Plan?

Your CAP will only contain disability information you choose to release, and your disability or medical information/health professional documentation will be kept within Disability Services.

The information you disclose to us is confidential and is handled according to our confidentiality statement. There are some exceptions to the boundaries of confidentiality which are outlined in this statement.

Please see the Disclosing a disability page or contact Disability Services for assistance with your decision whether or not to disclose personal information.

What happens if my situation changes?

You can contact a disability advisor to arrange a review of your CAP at any time if the impact of your disability or medical condition changes, and/or if the CAP is not meeting your needs. You may need to provide updated health professional documentation to support the changes.

Unless you advise of the need to make changes or review your situation, your CAP will stay in place until the review date specified on the Plan.

How do I arrange exams using my CAP?

The Curtin Access Plan (CAP) can be used to make alternative test/examination arrangements.

School scheduled tests/exams: Please provide your CAP to the relevant unit coordinator at least two weeks before the school-scheduled assessment to request the conditions outlined in the Plan.

End of semester exams: These exams are usually run by the Examinations office. Your exam arrangements will be valid for the duration of your CAP. The deadline for making requests or adjusting exam arrangements is three weeks prior to the start of the examination period.

Please visit examination scheduling for more information.

How does my Curtin Access Plan relate to extensions?

If your Curtin Access Plan supports you for assignment extensions you do not need to get additional documentation provided that the length of the extension is within the time period supported by the CAP. For extensions longer than the nominated time period you will have to obtain additional documentation from your treating health professional or Counselling and Disability Services.

Assignment extensions cannot be assumed and are subject to negotiation with the unit coordinator. In some cases an extension may not be possible and an alternative may be provided (e.g. a group assignment or practical assessment). You must apply before the due date and in accordance with school processes. In most cases you must also complete an assessment extension application form.

Please note that the CAP does not support you to change the date of tests or exams. Suitable documentation specific to these dates will be required, in accordance with the Assessment Extension policy.