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Three decades of misrecognition: defining people with disability in Australian higher education policy

In Australia, the Disability Discrimination Act and associated Educational Standards prevent educational institutions from treating people with disability less favourably than those without disability – directly or indirectly. However, people with disability are still subject to both economic and cultural disadvantage in Australian higher education policy. Drawing on three stages of development of Australian higher education equity policy across three decades of higher education disability policy, the article provides insights into how people with disability have been categorised, classified and counted in higher education and the implications this has for how they are supported. (Disability & Society Journal. Authors: Tim Pitman, M. Brett & K. Ellis)  (July 2021)