Students with Disability

The Australian Government provides substantial funding to education authorities to help meet the educational needs of all students, including those with disability.

A number of government programmes and initiatives are in place to enable students to progress successfully through their schooling and to actively participate in the workforce and their community.

Additional Funding for Students with Disability 2016-2017

As announced in Budget 2016–2017, the Australian Government is providing an additional $118.2 million for schools to support students with disability for the 2016 and 2017 calendar years. 

This new money is in addition to the current ‘students with disability loading’ provided through the Australian Education Act 2013 (the Act).

The Nationally Consistent Collection of Data on School Students with Disability (NCCD) has informed this funding to target funding where it is needed most.

The funding will support quality education programmes and initiatives for students with disability. It will help schools to meet their obligations under the Disability Standards for Education 2005.

Disability Standards for Education 2005

The Disability Standards for Education 2005 sets out the obligations of education and training providers to ensure that students with disability can access and participate in education and training on the same basis as those without disability.

Nationally Consistent Collection of Data on School Students with Disability

From 2015, all government and non-government schools in Australia will participate in the Nationally Consistent Collection of Data on School Students with Disability. The first data collection took place in selected schools in October 2013.

Positive Partnerships

The Positive Partnerships programme is the education component of the Australian Government’s Helping Children with Autism package. The programme works to build partnerships between schools and families to improve educational outcomes for students on the autism spectrum. 

Completed Initiatives

More Support for Students with Disabilities

Under the More Support for Students with Disabilities initiative, the Australian Government provided additional funding to government and non-government education authorities to support services for students with disability or learning difficulties, contributing to improved student learning experiences, educational outcomes and transitions to further education or work.