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. This funding, provided through the Australian Education Act 2013, also helps schools 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. The Standards were reviewed in 2015 and 2010. Guidance Notes, Fact Sheets and Exemplars of Practice are available.

Nationally Consistent Collection of Data on School Students with Disability

As part of the commitment to better support the needs of students with disability, all Australian governments have collaborated to implement improvements to data collections to ensure a stronger evidence base from which policy and programs can be developed. The Nationally Consistent Collection of Data on School Students with Disability (the national data collection) represents a major achievement and a highpoint of these efforts.  Through the national data collection, schools and governments are reporting for the first time in a nationally consistent way on the number of students with disability and the educational adjustments they receive.

Positive Partnerships

The Positive Partnerships program works to build partnerships between schools and families to improve educational outcomes for students on the autism spectrum. It is a national program and includes specific outreach to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander and culturally and linguistically diverse families and communities.

Case studies on supporting students with disability

Examples of best practice and lessons learnt in supporting students with disability – developed under an initiative called More Support for Students with Disabilities – have been documented as case studies. The final evaluation report is also available.

Other resources and initiatives

Understanding Learning Difficulties: A Practical Guide

In 2016, the Australian Government provided funding to ensure that all registered teachers in Australia have free online access to Understanding Learning Difficulties: A Practical Guide. This guide, developed by the Australian Federation of SPELD Associations (AUSPELD), has been designed by experts to provide principals and teachers with greater awareness and understanding of the significant impact learning disabilities such as dyslexia can have on students.

The guide also provides advice on a wide range of strategies for use in the classroom to more effectively support and meet the needs of students with learning difficulties. Teachers can access this resource through their state or territory education portal.  Print versions of the resources can be purchased online through the Resources page of the AUSPELD website.

Case studies on supporting students with disability

Examples of best practice and lessons learnt in supporting students with disability – developed as part of the 2012-14 More Support for Students with Disabilities initiative – have been documented as case studies. The final evaluation report is also available.

Policy roundtable papers

Two policy roundtables were hosted in 2014 by the then Minister for Education and Training, the Hon Christopher Pyne MP. The roundtables focused on:

  • support for students with dyslexia
  • teacher education and students with disability and learning difficulties.

Presentations and related documents can be accessed from the policy roundtables webpage.

Resources

The following is a list of all the resources that are associated with Students with Disability.

Results

  1. 2010 report on the Review of Disability Standards for Education 2005

    Created: 17 November 2012  |  Last modified: 17 November 2012

    Report on the Review of Disability Standards for Education 2005

  2. 2011 Trial of the Nationally Consistent Collection of Data on School Students with Disability

    Created: 20 October 2011  |  Last modified: 11 October 2013

    This report provides information on the processes of the 2011 trial of the Nationally Consistent Collection of Data on School Students with Disability. It also presents...

  3. 2012 Trial of the Nationally Consistent Collection of Data on School Students with Disability

    Created: 27 June 2013  |  Last modified: 11 October 2013

    This report provides information on the processes of the 2012 trial of the Nationally Consistent Collection of Data on School Students with Disability. It also presents...

  4. 2015 Guidelines for the Nationally Consistent Collection of Data on School Students with Disability

    Created: 8 October 2015

    This page contains links to guidelines used in previous years. Please refer to the most recent guidelines to understand the data collection requirements for the current year.

  5. Arabic Fact Sheet for the NCCD

    Created: 5 August 2015

    Fact sheet for parents/carers in Arabic

  6. Australian Government Initial Response to the 2015 Review of the Disability Standards for Education 2005

    Created: 3 December 2015

    This document is the Australian Government's Initial Response to the 2015 Review recommendations.

  7. Chinese (Cantonese) Fact Sheet for the NCCD

    Created: 5 August 2015

    Fact sheet for parents/carers in Chinese (Cantonese)

  8. Chinese (Mandarin) Fact Sheet for the NCCD

    Created: 5 August 2015

    Fact sheet for parents/carers in Chinese (Mandarin)

  9. Correspondence on Ministerial correspondence files concerning incidents involving students with autism

    Created: 13 October 2015  |  Last modified: 9 November 2015

    Correspondence on Ministerial correspondence files concerning incidents involving students with autism

  10. Dinka Fact Sheet for the NCCD

    Created: 5 August 2015

    Fact sheet for parents/carers in Dinka

  11. Disability Standards for Education 2005

    Created: 17 November 2012  |  Last modified: 17 November 2012

  12. Disability Standards for Education 2005 Guidance Notes

    Created: 18 November 2012  |  Last modified: 18 November 2012

  13. Disability Standards for Education Stocktake

    Created: 30 June 2014

    This is a report on the activities undertaken by government and non-government schools across states and territories, to raise awareness and provide guidance on the Disability...

  14. Discussion Paper for the 2010 review of Disability Standards for Education 2005

    Created: 17 November 2012  |  Last modified: 17 November 2012

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

  15. Exemplars of Practice

    Created: 13 April 2016  |  Last modified: 2 June 2016

    These Examplars of Practice demonstrate the Standards in practice across various education settings: early learning, schools, vocational education and higher education.

  16. Fact Sheet 1: Disability Discrimination Act 1992

    Created: 30 June 2014  |  Last modified: 1 October 2015

    This fact sheet summarises the Disability Discrimination Act 1992 and how it applies in schools.

  17. Fact Sheet 2: Disability Standards for Education 2005

    Created: 30 June 2014  |  Last modified: 1 October 2015

    This fact sheet summarises the Disability Standards for Education. It includes the rights and requirements under the Disability Standards for Education.

  18. Fact Sheet 3: Parental Engagement

    Created: 30 June 2014  |  Last modified: 1 October 2015

    This fact sheet provides information on key elements of effective partnerships to support engagement between schools and parents.

  19. Fact Sheet 4: Effective Consultation

    Created: 30 June 2014  |  Last modified: 1 October 2015

    This fact sheet provides information on how parents can better prepare themselves for consulting with schools.

  20. Fact Sheet 5: Complaints Processes

    Created: 30 June 2014  |  Last modified: 1 October 2015

    This fact sheet provides information and contacts for people who wish to make a complaint due to disability discrimination in Australian schools.

  21. FAQs for Parents/Carers and Students

    Created: 24 February 2014  |  Last modified: 4 April 2016

    These questions and answers about the Nationally Consistent Collection of Data on School Students with Disability are provided for parents/carers and students.

  22. FAQs for Schools

    Created: 24 February 2014  |  Last modified: 4 April 2016

    These questions and answers about the Nationally Consistent Collection of Data on School Students with Disability are provided for teachers and school staff. It includes...

  23. Farsi Fact Sheet for the NCCD

    Created: 5 August 2015

    Fact sheet for parents/carers in Farsi

  24. Final Report on the 2015 Review of the Disability Standards for Education 2005

    Created: 3 December 2015

    This document is the Final Report for the 2015 Review of the Disability Standards for Education 2005.

  25. French Fact Sheet for the NCCD

    Created: 5 August 2015

    Fact sheet for parents/carers in French

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