CPA Australia will endeavour to provide necessary modifications to learning materials and exams for candidates with a disability or learning impairment (Reasonable Adjustment) to ensure candidates who have a disability or learning impairment have full access to and are able to participate in the CPA Program.

CPA Australia’s Reasonable Adjustments policy draws directly from The Disability Standards for Education (2005) (Standards) formulated under the Disability Discrimination Act (Cth) (DDA). The primary purpose of the Standards is to clarify the obligations of Education Providers and Educational Authority under the DDA and the rights of people with disabilities in relation to education and training.

In assessing whether an adjustment is reasonable, CPA Australia will take into account:

  • the nature of the candidate’s disability
  • the information provided by, or on behalf of, the candidate about how the disability affects the candidate’s ability to participate
  • views of the candidate, or an associate of the candidate, about whether a proposed adjustment is reasonable and will enable the candidate with a disability to access and participate in the CPA Program on the same basis as candidates without disabilities
  • information provided by, or on behalf of, the candidate about his or her preferred adjustments
  • the effect of the proposed adjustment on the candidate, including the candidate’s ability to participate in the CPA Program and achieve learning outcomes
  • the effect of the proposed adjustment on anyone else affected, including CPA Australia, staff and other candidates
  • the costs and benefits of making the adjustment
  • who will provide the assistance, for example CPA Australia or the candidate

Available adjustments

A range of adjustments are available to candidates.

Learning materials

  • Study Guide adjustments - for example, font enlargements


  • Exam time adjustments – for example, extend exam time by one hour
  • Exam breaks – for example, allow candidate a break of five minutes every 30 minutes
  • Exam materials adjustments – for example, font enlargements
  • Equipment – for example, supply candidate with an ergonomic keyboard

Adjustments must be requested by a medical practitioner and submitted as part of your supporting medical documentation.

Requests for reasonable adjustment

In making a Reasonable Adjustment, CPA Australia will ensure that the educational integrity of the CPA Program assessment requirements and processes are maintained.

CPA Australia will act upon information about an adjustment in a timely way that optimises the candidate’s participation in the CPA Program.

When considering a request for a Reasonable Adjustment, CPA Australia will:

  • thoroughly consider how an adjustment might be made
  • discuss this directly with the person involved
  • consult relevant sources of advice

Candidates must submit their request and supporting medical documentation via email to [email protected].

How to apply

All requests for Reasonable Adjustments should be made to CPA Australia by the applicable advertised closing date listed on the CPA Australia website. Although every effort will be made, CPA Australia may not be able to accommodate Reasonable Adjustment requests submitted after the applicable closing date.

If you submit an application for a Reasonable Adjustment in your exam:

  • you will not be able to schedule your exam appointment via My CPA Program as your exam appointment will be directly scheduled by CPA Australia
  • you will need to be prepared to sit your exam at any available date and time during the exam week, and at the closest available venue to your residential address
  • your exam appointment and Reasonable Adjustments will be confirmed within four weeks of your application. You should allow a full four weeks before contacting us.

If you apply for Reasonable Adjustments, you are not automatically granted special consideration for your exam. You should apply for special consideration each semester if your condition has impacted your studies leading up to the exam or if any of the other grounds for special consideration have impacted your exam performance or studies during the semester.