Disability provisions

Disability provisions in the HSC are practical arrangements that help students who couldn't otherwise make a fair attempt to show what they know in an exam room.

HSC student doing an exam

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About disability provisions

Students doing their Higher School Certificate (HSC) may need disability provisions for:

  • a permanent condition, such as cerebral palsy or vision impairment
  • a temporary condition, such as a broken arm, or
  • an intermittent condition, such as back pain when sitting for long periods.

Schools are responsible for adjustments in school-based assessment tasks. NESA determines disability provisions for HSC exams.

Do not feel embarrassed about applying for or using provisions. More than 10,000 HSC students apply for provisions each year. 

Information and resources

Applying for provisions

Find out about definitions of disability, how to apply for provisions, evidence needed to make an application and appealing a decision.

Provisions guide for teachers and parents

All schools must ensure that students with disability are able to access and participate in education on the same basis as other students. 

Disability provision support types

Learn about the disability provisions for HSC exams that require further specific arrangements.

HSC minimum standard disability provisions

Find out about disability provisions that are available for students who are doing HSC minimum standard tests.

Illness or misadventure

If a student becomes sick or experiences a mishap in the time leading to their HSC exams, they may need to go through the illness and misadventure process. Find out how it works and the evidence they will need to provide.

HSC fairness and integrity statistics

NESA publishes fairness and integrity data for the previous year’s HSC. Learn about the statistics for disability provisions, illness and misadventure, and breaking HSC rules.


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