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Legal responsibilities

The rights of people with disability to have access to equal participation in society as those without disability has been embedded in legislation on international, national, and state levels.

The Big Picture (video - duration 4:36 minutes) provides an overview of relevant international, national, state and departmental legislation and policy that support inclusive education.


Every Queenslander Succeeding - Disability Service Plan 2017-2020 External Link outlines our commitment to supporting Queenslanders with disability.

The Department of Education and Training Strategic Plan 2017-2021 sets the direction for the department to deliver high quality learning and skilling opportunities for Queenslanders at all stages of life, enabling them to engage fully in the lifelong learning journey.

Every Student Succeeding - State School Strategy 2017 - 2021 is the shared vision of Queensland state schools.

Every student with disability succeeding plan Adobe PDF document outlines the department's response to the Queensland Disability Review.

Advancing Education: An Action Plan for Education in Queensland provides a greater focus on active partnerships with the community and strengthening teacher excellence. The plan will inspire students to become lifelong learners, global citizens and successful people, confidently navigating their future.

DET policies, frameworks and procedures

The Learning and Wellbeing Framework guides schools in developing a school-wide positive learning culture that enhances student mental health and emotional and social wellbeing.

P-12 Curriculum, Assessment and Reporting Framework specifies the requirements for each Queensland state school in delivering the curriculum from Prep to Year 12.

Parent and Community Engagement Framework supports school to strengthen their engagement with students, teachers, parents and carers, support staff and community and business groups.

Statement of Expectations for a Disciplined School Environment sets out clear expectations about approaches to behaviour within a whole school approach that promotes positive behaviour and learning.

Students in Out-of-Home Care Policy Statement provides the expectations for schools in supporting students in out-of-home care to achieve through collaborative partnerships.

Supporting Student Health and Wellbeing Policy Statement provides advice for Queensland state schools to ensure that systems are in place to promote and support the health and wellbeing of students when at school or involved in school activities.


The Education (General Provisions) Act, 2006 sets out the entitlement of all Queensland children and young people to universal access to high quality state education that will help maximise his or her educational potential and enable him or her to become an informed effective member of the community.

The Queensland Disability Services Act 2006 safeguards the rights and safety of people with disability, and combines with existing systems to improve the quality of services they receive.

The All Abilities Queensland: opportunities for all - State Disability Plan 2017-2020 External Link outlines how the Queensland Government is building inclusive communities where every person, including the one in five Queenslanders who have a disability, can thrive and reach their full potential as equal citizens.

Anti-Discrimination Act 1991 (QLD) aims to protect people in Queensland from unfair discrimination, sexual harassment and other objectionable conduct.

Queensland Multicultural Recognition Act 2016 promotes Queensland as a united, harmonious and inclusive community, fostering opportunities for people from culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds to participate in all aspects of life in Queensland.


The National Disability Strategy 2010-2020 External Link (NDS) outlines a 10-year national policy framework to guide government activity across six key outcome areas and to drive future reforms in mainstream and specialist disability service systems to improve outcomes for people with disability, their families and carers. It represents a commitment by all levels of government, industry and the community to a unified, national approach to policy and program development.

The NDS draws on the findings of extensive consultation reported in Shut Out: The Experience of People with Disabilities and their Families in Australia (2009) External Link.

The Melbourne Declaration Adobe PDF document External Link (2008), a commitment made by all Australian Education Ministers in 2008, that states 'Australian governments must support all young Australians to achieve not only equality of opportunity but also more equitable outcomes'.

The Age Discrimination Act 2004 protects individuals across Australia from discrimination on the basis of age in areas of public life, including accommodation, employment and education.

Australian Human Rights Commission Act 1986 established the Australian Human Rights commission, and gives it functions in relation to the international rights instruments such as the declaration on the rights of the child and the declaration on the rights of disabled persons.

Disability Discrimination Act 1992 aims to eliminate discrimination against people with disability, and promote community acceptance.

Disability Standards for Education 2005 The standards clarify the obligations of the Disability Discrimination act with regards to education for students with disability.

Racial Discrimination Act 1975 ensures that everyone enjoys the same fundamental human rights and freedoms, regardless of race, colour, national origin or ethnic origin.

Sex Discrimination Act 1984 protects people from unfair treatment on the basis of their sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, intersex status, marital or relationship status, family responsibilities, pregnancy and breastfeeding.

Schools may be required to make reasonable adjustments to enable students with disability to access and participate in education on the same basis as their peers.


Universal Declaration of Human Rights (1948) External Link is an international document which states the basic rights and fundamental freedoms to which all people are entitled. The declaration includes social and cultural rights like the right to education.

The United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child (1990) External Link incorporates the widest spectrum of human rights, and sets out the ways these should be ensured for children and young people. It recognises that children have the same rights as adults, with special protections.

The United Nations Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (2006) sets out what must be done to ensure that people with disability have the same rights as everyone else.

The International Classification of Functioning, Disability and Health External Link (ICF) is the World Health Organisation's classification of health and health-related domains.

The United Nations General Comment No 4 (2016) Article 24: Right to inclusive education External Link provides additional information specific to the delivery inclusive education for students with disabilities. It identifies the barriers that impede access, and outlines nine core features of inclusive education.

Other information


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