The Specialist Disability Support in Schools (SDSS) Program supports schools by providing funding to approved organisations to deliver services to improve access to and participation in curriculum and the educational outcomes for eligible school-aged students with disability.
Organisations are funded under 3-year agreements for the funding categories (1) school support services and (2) resource centre services and 1-year agreements for (3) specialised equipment.
Information regarding the application process for funding can be found at the
How to apply for funding page.
An eligible applicant must:
- be a registered charity or Incorporated not-for-profit entity, or
- local government entity, and
- provide programs or activities designed specifically for students with disability, and
- not be a school unless accredited to provide special education.
To be eligible to receive a SDSS service, a student must be enrolled in a Queensland school and be identified in one of the following ways.
- Students who were recorded in the Nationally consistent collection of data on school students with disability (NCCD) collection for the previous year as receiving Substantial or Extensive adjustments; or
- Prep and new students to a state school recorded with Anticipated Adjustments at Substantial or Extensive, as submitted for Day 8.
- Students who have a current verification under the Education Adjustment Program (EAP).
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—SDSS and the NDIS.
Transcript for schools, the SDSS program and the NDIS video
Please note the NSO Program was replaced by the SDSS program. The same distinctions apply regarding the NDIS.
Find out more about the program