Students with disability program


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:

  • support the education of students with disability in non-state schools
  • promote the educational outcomes of these students.

Target group – eligibility

Students with disability who are eligible for support under the program are those who meet the Queensland criteria used by all 3 education sectors, including students with:

  • autism spectrum disorder (ASD)
  • hearing impairment (HI)
  • intellectual disability (ID)
  • physical impairment (PI)
  • speech–language impairment (SLI)
  • vision impairment (VI)

An additional category of disability is also eligible for support in non-state schools only:

  • social emotional disorder (SED)

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:

  • the improvement of in school resourcing for students with disability. In school support may include: teacher aide time, professional development for teachers working with students with disability, purchase of external support services (including therapists and other specialist support), the purchase of specialised equipment and resources for the student and/or their teachers
  • the provision of centralised or regionalised services to support students with disability.

Administration of the program

The program is administered for each non-state sector by 2 approved authorities Queensland Catholic Education Commission (QCEC) and Independent Schools Queensland (ISQ), under a 3-year service agreement.

Allocation of funds

The distribution of funds between the 2 approved authorities for any financial year will be based on the number of students with disability 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 students with disability 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 Students with disability 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:

  • hold relevant documentation that verifies the impairment and educational adjustments in place for each eligible student
  • develop, implement and review education plans for each eligible student which includes any adjustments required to achieve educational outcomes
  • 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 (PDF, 216KB)

Review of the policy

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

Last updated 12 July 2019