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Students with Disability Program

All Queensland schools are required to adhere to the Disability Discrimination Act 1992 External Link and the Disability Standards for Education 2005 External Link. 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:

Target group - eligibility

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.

Use of funds

The funds are to be used to support eligible students through:

Administration of the program

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.

Allocation of funds

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.

Accountability overview

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:

  1. hold relevant documentation that verifies the impairment and educational adjustments in place for each eligible student
  2. develop, implement and review education plans for each eligible student which includes any adjustments required to achieve educational outcomes
  3. provide audited statements to their respective authority verifying that the funds were expended to support the educational adjustments in place for the eligible student.

Approved Policy

Students with Disability in Non-State Schools Policy Adobe PDF document215K

Review of the policy

To maintain relevance, the policy will be reviewed on an as-needs basis not later than December 2020.


Queensland Catholic Education Commission External Link
Telephone: (07) 3316 5800

Independent Schools Queensland External Link
Telephone: (07) 3228 1515

General enquiries

Office of Non-State Education
Telephone: (07) 3513 6743

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