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Disability Policy

All Queensland state schools are required to adhere to legislation which ensures people with disability have access to equal participation in education and society as those without disability.

The Commonwealth Disability Discrimination Act 1992 (DDA) External Link aims to protect and promote the rights of people with disability. The objectives of the DDA are:

The Disability Standards for Education 2005 (DSE) External Link 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 Queensland Anti-Discrimination Act 1991 External Link prohibits direct or indirect discrimination on the basis of attributes which include sex, pregnancy, age, race, impairment, religious belief, gender identity, sexuality, and family responsibilities.

All schools therefore make reasonable adjustments to ensure students with disability are able to participate in education on the same basis as students without disability. This ensures equal opportunity for students with disability is a priority for the Department of Education and Training.

All students with disability are entitled to rigorous, relevant and engaging learning programs, drawn from the Australian Curriculum External Link, that address their individual learning needs.

The department endorses a whole-school approach to improving student learning, and provides a variety of supports and services to students with disability so they can participate in school life, access the curriculum and achieve learning outcomes.

The department provides an array of support services to meet the educational needs of students with disability.

The department is committed to providing the highest quality, evidence-based learning and teaching practices so that students with disability are attending and achieving, each and every day at school.

The Queensland Disability Review, commissioned by the Minister in 2016, was a proactive, independent and wide-ranging review of education policies and practices for students with disability in Queensland state schools.

Every student with disability succeeding Adobe PDF document2.9M plan has been published outlining the department's response to the Queensland Disability Review Report Adobe PDF document1.9M and the 17 recommendations made. It outlines the success measures the department will use to track progress in engaging and lifting the educational achievement for students with disability. Further information is available at Queensland disability review.

Special education programs and services

Eligible children and young people with disability, as for all children, are entitled to enrol at their local state school and be provided with high quality education.

All state schools are provided with an allocation of classroom teachers and teacher aides. In addition schools are provided with direct to school resources to support students with disability and are able to request access to a range of specialist services.

Special education programs (SEPs) and special education services give support to students with disability (Prep to Year 12) in state primary and secondary schools and assist classroom teachers in the development and delivery of the students' educational program. SEPs refer to a clustering of specialist teachers with experience and/or qualifications in dedicated area(s) of specialisation.

SEPs can be based at a single site or can go across multiple sites as a 'cluster special education program'. Schools that do not have a SEP continue to receive direct to school resourcing for students with disability, including specialist education personnel, and are required to provide reasonable adjustments for students with disability enrolled at their school.

Special schools

Special schools provide highly specialised and individualised programs to cater for students with intellectual disability and/or multiple disability, including an intellectual disability. For enrolment in special schools refer to:

Education adjustment program

State school students with educational support needs may also be eligible for additional targeted resources if they are identified as meeting criteria for one of the six Education adjustment program (EAP) disability categories of autism spectrum disorder, hearing impairment, intellectual disability, physical impairment, speech-language impairment and vision impairment.

More information on Education adjustment program

Early childhood development programs and services

Early childhood development programs and services provide specialised education support to children prior to Prep.

More information on Early childhood development programs and services

The National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS)

The Queensland Government has committed to keeping (ECDPs) fully operational until 2020, a year later than the NDIS transition. This will ensure certainty for families transitioning to the NDIS. The future arrangements of ECDPs will be reviewed in 2020.

The NDIS will provide people with disability more choice and control over their disability supports.

The NDIS is being rolled out by the National Disability Insurance Agency (NDIA) across Queensland from July 2016 to July 2019.

Schools will continue to have an obligation to make reasonable adjustment for students with disability under the Disability Standards for Education 2005 and Disability Discrimination Act 1992, regardless of a student's NDIS eligibility.

For more information

Visit the National Disability Insurance Scheme website External Link to find out more information about the NDIS, access information about the Queensland roll out External Link, and sign up for the NDIS e-newsletter External Link or call the NDIS Hotline 1800 800 110.

Visit the Department of Communities, Child Safety and Disability Services to find out about Queensland's NDIS preparations, access the Queensland NDIS events calendar, and sign up to the NDIS e-blast External Link.

Deadly Kids Deadly Futures

Deadly Kids Deadly Futures Adobe PDF document8.6M is a 10 year framework which outlines the commitment of the Queensland Government, the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander community controlled health sector and other government and non-government service partners to prevent and manage the impacts of middle ear disease for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children and young people across the health, early childhood and education sectors.

The second Deadly Kids, Deadly Futures 2017-2018 Action Plan Adobe PDF document672K outlines practical initiatives that government and non-government service providers will undertake to support Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students across Queensland to have healthy ears and to listen, learn and reach their full potential.

Related links

Autism Hub

Australian Curriculum External Link

Department of Education and Training Strategic Plan 2016-2020

Department of Education and Training Disability Service Plan 2014-2016

Disability specific resources

Education (General Provisions) Act 2006 (EGPA) Adobe PDF document External Link

Every student with disability succeeding plan Adobe PDF document2.9M

Health and wellbeing

Inclusive education

Learning and reading difficulties

Legislation and legal rights

Nationally Consistent Collection of Data on School Students with Disability

Parent and Community Engagement Framework

Reading Centre

Reasonable adjustments

Safe, supportive and disciplined schools

School Transport Assistance Programs for Students with Disabilities External Link

State Schools regional office contacts

State Schools Strategy 2016-2020

Student Mental Health and Wellbeing

Support Services and Resources


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This page was last reviewed on 20 Sep 2017


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