The Specialist Disability Support in Schools (SDSS) Program is currently closed to new applications.
The new application process for 3-year funding is expected to open in July 2021.
Approved applicants will receive an offer of program funding together with a Service agreement—Standard terms (PDF, 553KB).
The second part of the agreement, the Funding and Service Details, provides specific information about the funding, service provision and reporting requirements for individual government programs. Examples of these requirements for the SDSS Program include:
A summary of the primary differences include:
The deadline for applications for the current funding period (2019 to 2021) of the SDSS program was Wednesday 5 September 2018. New applications for three year funding is expected to open in July 2021.
We prefer not to accept applications submitted via post due to the information required to be assessed. If you think you will have difficulty submitting your application online, please contact the SDSS Secretariat.
We do not amend, correct, update or change any part of your application once it has been submitted. If you wish to update your application once it has been submitted, but the closing date has not yet passed, you can submit a new, updated application and request to withdraw the original one by emailing
We will make contact if clarification or further information is required as part of the assessment process.
Some operational costs directly related to the services being proposed will be considered for funding. Please refer to the SDSS Program guidelines and funding request templates for more information.
Yes, the student data is on a per annum basis which should align with your funding request template being funding on a per annum basis. If you are an existing organisation with NSO, your 2017 data (students and schools) will be taken into consideration.
No, they are not a requirement. If you have letters of support you can mention you have them in your application or you can attach additional documents should you wish.
In making your decision about attaching letters of support, please consider whether the letters demonstrate anything further toward the assessment criteria detailed in the SDSS Program Guidelines.
Please make contact with us before the closing date and we can provide information on interpreting the SDSS Program guidelines and about the types of activities that are relevant to each of the funding categories.
However, we are not able to talk through the details of an application or to provide advice that may be perceived as providing an unfair advantage to one applicant over another.
SDSS Program contact details, email:
firstname.lastname@example.org, telephone: (07) 3513 6832 or (07) 3513 6743.
You will receive an email notification that your application has been successfully submitted. If you do not receive the confirmation email within a few days, your application may not have been submitted successfully. Please check your junk mail or contact us to discuss.
Applications will be assessed on merit and scored against the criteria outlined in the SDSS Program guidelines.
Applicants will be notified of the outcome of their application approximately 12 weeks after the closing date. Please see the SDSS Program guidelines for an outline of the assessment process and timeframes.
The first funding payment is expected to be made in March 2019. Please see the
Funding and reporting summary (PDF, 193KB) which outlines the timing for funding and reporting.
The following websites offer general information about applying for grants and other funding sources:
Email: email@example.comTelephone: (07) 3513 6743