Students with disability


The Department of Education is committed to ensuring every student with disability succeeds and is achieving their full potential. We are committed to continuing our journey towards a more inclusive education system where students of all abilities can:

  • attend their local state school and be welcomed

  • access and participate in a high-quality education and fully engage in the curriculum alongside their similar-aged peers

  • learn in a safe and supportive environment, free from bullying, discrimination or harassment

  • achieve academically and socially with reasonable adjustments and supports tailored to meet their learning needs.

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.

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


Hear about some of the ways schools across Queensland state schools are implementing inclusive education to support students with disability.


 News and stories

What’s happening in Queensland state schools to support inclusive education and improve outcomes for students with disability?

The Assistant Director-General, State Schools—Disability and Inclusion, delivers a message, setting high expectations for all parts of our education system to ensure that all students with disability are accessing, participating and succeeding at school.
The department has engaged the Community Resource Unit (CRU) to support parents of students with disability across Queensland to build self-advocacy skills and to work effectively with schools.
CRU holds workshops in communities across Queensland to help families to learn more about inclusive education and how families can develop a collaborative relationship with their child’s school.
To register for a workshop or find out more about the supports, please visit the CRU website.
The Autism Hub supports and works with school leaders, teachers and parents to improve the engagement and achievement of students.
Information and support is provided to parents to partner with schools and teachers in their child’s education.
The Reading and Writing Centre supports and works with school leaders, teachers and parents to inspire, encourage and teach young Queenslanders to read and write.
Last updated 15 January 2021