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Non School Organisations (NSO) Program

The Non School Organisations (NSO) Program is an ongoing education support program providing financial assistance to approved organisations to help improve educational opportunities and enhance the learning outcomes of students with disability.

Funds to non-government, not-for-profit, non-school organisations are provided assist schools to meet their obligations under the Disability Discrimination Act 1992 and the Disability Standards for Education (2005) to make reasonable adjustments so that students with disability are able to participate in education on the same basis as students without a disability. Eligible students are those who require significant levels of educational adjustments to improve their access, participation and learning outcomes in their educational programs.

NSO Program services are provided at the request of the school, based on the needs of the verified student to access and participate in the curriculum. School support services for individual eligible students are determined by the school support team. The principal of the school decides if assistance is required and requests the services from NSO funded organisations.

These services operate as complementary services to those offered by the education sectors and are not a duplication of those services available in schools.

The Strategic Governance Group (SGG) is a forum for consultation concerning the strategic direction of the NSO Program. The governance arrangement is designed to ensure streamlined administration, management and effective consultation.

The SGG has representation from the Department of Education and Training (State Schools and Office of Non-State Education); Queensland Catholic Education Commission; Independent Schools Queensland and both small and large disability service providers.

Information for organisations

Application forms

Reporting Requirements

Strategic Governance Group

Service Providers Forum

Funded organisations

Funding process

Funding process overview Adobe PDF document474K

Information for schools

Frequently Asked Questions Adobe PDF document263K

Request for school support Adobe PDF document232K

Protocols for School Visits Adobe PDF document451K

Itinerary for outreach services Adobe PDF document 50K

Secretariat contact

Schools, the NSO Program and the NDIS video

Transcript for Schools, the NSO Program and the NDIS video Microsoft® Word document 13K

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This page was last reviewed on 20 Mar 2018

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