Students with disability


Equity and Excellence: realising the potential of every student is our plan for every state school student, focusing on educational achievement, wellbeing and engagement, and culture and inclusion. Supporting our students, including students with disability, to engage in education is essential for our young people to thrive and to realise their potential.

We continue to monitor student outcomes and engagement as we know students who attend school regularly​,​ are engaged in the classroom and progress in their learning are more likely to have better outcomes across their schooling journey.

The inclusive education policy outlines our commitment to support students in an inclusive and equitable education system.

All Queensland state school students have a right to attend their local state school, access and participate in high-quality education and fully engage in the curriculum alongside their similar-aged peers, supported by reasonable adjustments.​​

Who are students with disability?

Disability is defined in the Disability Discrimination Act 1992 (Cwth) and the Anti-Discrimination Act 1991 (Qld). It includes a range of disabilities, including learning disabilities and health conditions. All​ disabilities, conditions or disorders can have an impact on the student’s functioning at school in a variety of ways. The student’s disability may be lifelong or temporary and strengths, interests and needs will be different for each student and may change for a student during the year and as they grow.

Schools collect information about students with disability in the annual Nationally Consistent Collection of Data on School Students with Disability (NCCD). This collection​ helps schools to identify, monitor and make reasonable adjustments for students with disability.

You can learn more about the Disability Discrimination Act 1992 (Cwth) and the Disability Standards for Education 2005 (Cwth) on the NCCD website and more about the Anti-Discrimination Act 1991 (Qld) on the Queensland Government website.

Reasonable adjustments resourcing (RAR) allocation

Each state school receives a core allocation of resources and funding to support the learning needs of all students. In addition to the core allocation, RAR allocates extra teachers and teacher aides to schools where adjustments are needed for students with disability. The resources are allocated to schools, not individual students.

RAR provides resources for all disabilities, including autism; intellectual disability; vision, hearing and phy​sical impairments; dyslexia; attention deficit hyperactivity disorder; and mental health conditions.

Under RAR, the resource allocation for each school is based on the level of supports students with disability need to access and participate in education.

Additional teachers and teacher aides are allocated based on full-time equivalent enrolments for:

  • students who are recorded in the NCCD as having received adjustments in the highest 3 levels of adjustment (supplementary, substantial and extensive)
  • Prep and other new students to the Queensland state education system, where schools anticipate needing to make adjustments in the NCCD's highest 3 levels of adjustments
  • students requiring the most intensive adjustments at all times through the department’s Extensive plus category.

More information about RAR is outlined in our information for students ​​and families fact sheet.

To find out more about the supports provided for students with disability, visit the following pages.​


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Last updated 18 June 2024