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A chronology of special education in Queensland

1875-1900 | 1900-1925 | 1925-1950 | 1950-1975 | 1975-2000 | 2000-2009

2000-2009

2000

  • The Shead/Power Review of Ascertainment & Resourcing Methodologies for Students with Disabilities was undertaken.
  • IEPs were mandated for students whose special educational support needs were ascertained at levels 4, 5, or 6.
  • The Provision of Special Education Programs and Services to Students with Disabilities: Placement Policy was introduced.
  • The first bilingual-bicultural program for deaf/hearing impaired children commenced at Yeerongpilly Special Education Developmental Unit.
  • Isolated Students' Programs were transferred to the Brisbane School of Distance Education.

2001

  • 45 special schools remained, with 219 special education units located in mainstream schools.
  • The bilingual-bicultural program moved into Year 1 at Toowong State School (following a co-enrolment model).

2002

  • Appraisement of students with learning difficulties and learning disabilities was introduced for primary school students.
  • The Seven Point Plan (A Better Deal for Students with Disabilities) was announced in February.
  • A principal for the Staff College - Inclusive Education was appointed to progress the inclusive education agenda.
  • In March, the Minister for Education established the Taskforce on Inclusive Education (Students with Disabilities) to provide advice on how to make the schooling system more inclusive for students at educational risk, in particular students with disabilities and learning difficulties.

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2003

  • A Learning and Development Centre (Information and Communication Technologies - Students with Disabilities) was established to provide professional development for specialist staff in the use of technology for students with disabilities.
  • Certificates in Post-Compulsory School Education (CPCSE) were issued to 180 students from 63 trial schools across Queensland, ensuring that the achievements of students with special needs and students in special schools are recognised and recorded for use in further employment and training.

2004

  • In June, the final report of the Ministerial Taskforce on Inclusive Education (Students with Disabilities) was tabled in Parliament. In response, the Minister for Education and the Arts announced a new Ministerial 10-point plan to boost inclusive education for students with disabilities.
  • The Ministerial Taskforce on Inclusive Education (Students with Disabilities) published their report and recommendations.
  • The Minister provided a Response to the taskforce confirming the Queensland Government's commitment to improving educational outcomes for students with disabilities. Recommendations, which the government had supported, were developed into a 10-point plan to boost inclusive education for students with disabilities.
  • Development, trials and evaluation of a process to replace ascertainment.
  • The Deaf/Hearing Impaired Action Plan 2004 - 2007 required Individual Education Plans (IEPs) for deaf/hearing impaired students.

2005

  • The Education Adjustment Program (EAP) was introduced as a replacement for the ascertainment process, allowing the identification of the teaching adjustments that are made in class/school programs to support students with disabilities.
  • An Education Adjustment Program (EAP) was introduced as a replacement for the ascertainment process, allowing the identification of the teaching adjustments that are made in class/school programs to support students with disabilities.
  • A Ministerial Advisory Committee (Students with Disabilities) was set up to provide advice over a three-year period on the development and implementation of inclusive education for students with disabilities.
  • A realignment of Education Queensland re-introduced Education Regions and a Student Services Directorate in Central Office.

2006

  • The Students with disabilities On-line Reporting System (SCOLR) was replaced by the Adjustment Information Management System (AIMS).
  • The Students with disabilities On-Line Reporting System was replaced by the Adjustment Information Management System (AIMS).
  • Education Queensland was the first education system in Australia to develop a policy to help schools meet legislative requirements around the use of Assistance Animals in Schools.
  • 47 Special Schools remained. There were 308 Special Education Units in mainstream schools and 35 Special Education Developmental Units/Classes for early intervention prior to school.
  • New policies and procedures were released to assist in educating students with disabilities, including the Inclusive Education Policy, Assessments Administered by Guidance Officers, the revised School Transport Assistance Program for Students with Disabilities and the new Enrolment in State Primary, Secondary and Special Schools which replaced the 2000 "Placement Policy".

2007

  • Queensland Government State Budget committed $30 million over 4 years to transition to Auslan as the language of instruction for Deaf and hearing impaired students in Queensland schools.
  • Set for Prep: Supplementary Guidelines: Students with Disabilities of Prep Eligible Age with Significant Educational Support Needs and policy: Early Childhood Development Programs and Services for Children with Disabilities - Prior to Prep were introduced.
  • Education Adjustment Program (EAP) criteria were revised for Physical Impairment, Vision Impairment and Hearing Impairment.

2008

  • Publication of resource document: Education for Children with a Disability - A guide for parents.
  • Release of the P - 12 Curriculum Framework and supporting guidelines including Guidelines for Students with disabilities.

2009

  • Education Adjustment Program (EAP) revisions included:
    • The EAP profile - the Beginning School Profile was discontinued.
    • Revised criteria for Autism Spectrum Disorder, Intellectual Impairment and Speech-Language Impairment.
  • Office for Early Childhood Education and Care established 1 Jan 2009. Responsible for: providing high quality, integrated early childhood education and care services for all Queensland children from birth to 12 years; ensuring all Queensland children can access a high quality kindergarten program in year prior to Prep, by 2014.
  • The Disability Discrimination Act 1992 was amended. Significant amendments include: definition of disability (broadened to include genetic predisposition to a disability, and behaviour which is a symptom or manifestation of the disability); definition of direct and indirect discrimination (broadened to include failure to make or propose to make reasonable adjustments to a requirement or condition); application of the Act in relation to a person with a disability (or their associate) who has or requires adjustments for a carer, assistant, assistance animal or disability aid.

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Last reviewed
10 January 2013
Last updated
10 January 2013