All Queensland schools are required to adhere to the Disability Discrimination Act 1992 and the Disability Standards for Education 2005 . All schools must therefore make reasonable adjustments to ensure students with disability are able to participate in education on the same basis as students without disability.
The purpose and objectives of the program are to:
SWD who are eligible for support under the program are those who meet the Queensland criteria used by all three education sectors, including students with:
An additional category of disability is also eligible for support in non-state schools only:
Students with temporary medical conditions, or long-term episodic conditions such as epilepsy, are not eligible to receive support under this program.
The funds are to be used to support eligible students through:
The program is administered for each non-state sector by two approved authorities Queensland Catholic Education Commission (QCEC) and Independent Schools Queensland (ISQ) under a three-year service agreement.
The distribution of funds between the two approved authorities for any financial year will be based on the number of SWD identified in the most recent enrolment census of non-state schools conducted annually in February by the Non-State Schools Accreditation Board. The total number of SWD enrolled at schools affiliated with each authority forms the basis for the distribution of funds.
QCEC and ISQ must employ allocative methodologies to disburse the funds in accordance with the purpose and objectives of the SWD program.
The State Government requires QCEC and ISQ to account for the allocation and use of the funds and therefore requires the collection of information from relevant authorities and/or schools to facilitate this requirement.
Schools are required to:
To maintain relevance, the policy will be reviewed on an as-needs basis not later than December 2017.
Queensland Catholic Education Commission
Telephone: (07) 3336 9306
Independent Schools Queensland
Telephone: (07) 3228 1515
Office of Non-State Education
Telephone: (07) 3513 6743
This page was last reviewed on 12 Feb 2015