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Non School Organisations (NSO) Program

The NSO Program will conclude in December 2018 and a new program called Specialist Disability Support in Schools (SDSS) commences in 2019. Applications for the SDSS program are now open and close at 5pm, Wednesday 5 September 2018.

The department administers the Non School Organisations (NSO) program, which has been providing support to schools since 1985. This program supports schools by providing funding to approved organisations to improve access to and participation in curriculum and learning outcomes for eligible school-age students with disability.

The program provides up to $11.6 million in funding annually to around 23 approved organisations that support schools by providing services to students with a disability. The important distinctions between the department's SDSS program and the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) are available on the following link and the video clip below - NSO and the NDIS.

Eligible students are those students with disability who require significant levels of educational adjustments to improve their access to, participation in and learning outcomes in their educational programs.

The program services are provided at the request of the school, based on the needs of the student with disability 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 Reference Group (SRG) is a forum for consultation concerning the strategic direction of the NSO program and membership includes the Department of Education (state schools and Office of Non-State Education); Queensland Catholic Education Commission; Independent Schools Queensland, and both small and large disability service providers.

Strategic Reference Group Membership

Protocols for school support services

Protocols for school support services Adobe PDF document409K

Funded organisations

Funded organisations

Information for organisations

Reporting Requirements

Service Providers Forum

Information for schools

Organisations providing school support Microsoft® Word document216K

Itinerary for outreach services

Transcript for schools, the NSO program and the NDIS video Microsoft® Word document 13K

Legislation and policy

Funded organisations must comply with legislation and policy requirements as listed below.

Anti-Discrimination Act 1991

Child Protection Act 1999

Disability Discrimination Act 1992

Disability Services Act 2006

Disability Standards for Education (2005) Section 3.5 Adobe PDF document External Link

Education (General Provisions) Act 2006

Department of Education

Department of Education - Student Protection External Link

Non-State Schools Policy - Students with Disability Program Adobe PDF document

Secretariat contact

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This page was last reviewed on 02 Aug 2018

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