Glossary of terms

If you’re unfamiliar with the DSA or Departments/Collectives in general, you may have come across terms or phrases that you’re unfamiliar with. That’s okay! This glossary contains definitions of those terms, as well as some additional resources that you can peruse at your pleasure.


Autonomous – a word that simply means that a group or event is limited to people who identify in a particular way. E.g. an autonomous DSA event is limited to students who identify as having or living with disability.

Collective – a group or community of people who share a goal or experience in common. When we use the word ‘collective’ in the DSA context, we’re talking about our community.

Disability – wide term that encompasses physical disability, mental illness, dyslexia, being neurodivergent (Autism/ADHD), chronic pain, chronic illness, autoimmune disorders (lupus, alopecia) and food allergies.

Safer Spaces – spaces that are supportive and non-threatening environments which are founded on mutual respect as well as a commitment to learn from one another.

Quorum – the number of members that need to be present at a meeting to vote on a motion. For the DSA this is six members.


A&I – Access & Inclusion, the unit at ANU that provides support to students with disability through the recommendation of reasonable adjustments in Education Access Plans

ANUSA – the ANU Students’ Association, the peak representative body for all ANU undergraduate students.

EAP – Education Access Plan, developed with Access and Inclusion this document allows for reasonable adjustments to be put in place to allow students to best undertake their studies

F&S – Facilities & Services Division, maintains the buildings, grounds and infrastructure at the ANU.