Disability Standards for Education 2005

The Disability Standards for Education 2005 (the Standards) clarify the obligations of education and training providers and seek to ensure that students with disability can access and participate in education on the same basis as other students. The Standards were formulated under the Disability Discrimination Act 1992 and came into effect in August 2005.

The Standards and accompanying guidance notes are available.

The department engaged the University of Canberra to develop resources specifically to inform parents, carers and students and increase awareness of education provider obligations under the Standards.

2015 Review of the Disability Standards for Education

The Standards are required to be reviewed every five years in consultation with the Attorney-General’s Department. Urbis was engaged by the department to undertake the 2015 Review of the Standards. The 2015 Review recognised progress has been made since the 2010 Review in raising awareness of the Standards with educators through various initiatives and resources.

The Minister for Education and Training and the Attorney General wish to thank all members of the public who contributed to this review. The Final Report on the 2015 Review and the Australian Government initial response are now available. The Australian Government initial response outlines how the Australian Government intends to address each recommendation.

Exemplars of Practice

In the 2015 Review of the Standards, stakeholders indicated that more awareness needs to be made on how to implement the Standards in practice. The development of the Exemplars of Practice resulted from a recommendation directly from the 2015 Review (recommendation 3).

The Exemplars were developed by Urbis with selected stakeholders to demonstrate how the Standards can be used to support better learning outcomes and improved learning experiences for students in early learning, schools, vocational education and higher education.

The Exemplars are available in two web accessible formats at this link.

Guidance on personalised learning for students with disability

Supporting students with disability in schooling is a national priority. Representatives from various sectors of education have collaborated to produce a national resource which can be used to guide discussions on personalised learning with the student, their family or carer, school personnel, professionals and other relevant people.

This resource is titled Planning for Personalised Learning and Support: A National Resource. All educators are encouraged to use this document for personalised planning, and to share this document with their school networks.

Planning for Personalised Learning and Support: A National Resource

Fact sheets to support the Standards

In response to the first review of the Standards in 2010, the department prepared a series of fact sheets to raise awareness of the Standards. The fact sheets provide information to assist students, parents and schools to understand the Standards and ensure that students with disability can access and participate in school education.

Fact Sheet 1: Disability Discrimination Act 1992

Fact Sheet 2: Disability Standards for Education 2005

Fact Sheet 3: Parental Engagement

Fact Sheet 4: Effective Consultation

Fact Sheet 5: Complaints Processes

In June 2014 the department prepared a report on the activities undertaken by government and non-government education authorities in all states and territories, to raise awareness and provide guidance on the Standards. The stocktake of jurisdictional activities is available below.  Please note some of these activities are no longer current

Disability Standards for Education Stocktake 2014

2010 Review of the Standards

The 2010 Review of the Standards was undertaken to determine whether the Standards remain an efficient mechanism for Government to achieve the objectives of the Disability Discrimination Act 1992 in the education sector. A report on the Review and the Australian Government response are available below.

The 2010 Review was guided by a discussion paper which outlined the terms of reference and key questions of the review. As part of the review process, 200 written submissions were received from organisations and individuals across the country.  National roundtable discussions were held with key stakeholders and representative bodies in each capital city.

Discussion Paper for the 2010 Review of Disability Standards for Education 2005