If you are a student with carer responsibilities, you may be eligible for ongoing support with your studies.

Who is eligible?

The University of Melbourne recognises carers in accordance with the Carers Recognition Act 2012 (Vic).

Under this Act, a carer defined as someone who provides significant care to another person, who:

  • Has a disability
  • Has a mental illness
  • Has an ongoing medical condition
  • Is an older person with care needs.

Types of support available

The University can make adjustments to your studies to help offset any disadvantage you might face without them.

Study adjustments (sometimes referred to as reasonable or equitable adjustments) are changes to how subjects are taught and assessed.

Adjustments are made on a case-by-case basis, and may include:

  • Alternative exam arrangements
  • Extensions to assignments
  • Flexibility in attendance requirements.

Once you have registered for support, one of our Student Equity and Disability advisers will work with you to create an adjustment plan which suits your needs.

How to register

You can register by applying for special consideration for ongoing support.

Registration is completely voluntary. You can register at any time during your studies, but we recommend doing so when you're enrolling in your course.


Supporting documentation

You need to provide supporting documentation to verify that you have significant carer responsibilities.

Suitable verification documents can include:

  • An official Centrelink document showing evidence of a Centrelink benefit.
  • A letter from a GP verifying your responsibilities, and the impact of your responsibilities on your study.

Useful resources

This University service may also be helpful to students who are carers.

  • Counselling and Psychological Services
    The University of Melbourne Counselling and Psychological Services provides free, confidential, short-term professional counselling to currently enrolled students.
  • Standards for equity support
    Information about student equity and disability support standards at the University of Melbourne for students, staff, and the wider University community.

Need help?

If you still have questions relating to ongoing support for carers, please contact Stop 1.