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Students with disability

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The Department of Education has released the new Every student with disability succeeding plan 2021–2025. This plan outlines the department’s commitment to improving outcomes for students with disability and aims to support the success and wellbeing of every student with disability through each stage of learning in an inclusive education system in regions and in schools.

The new plan also commits to transitioning to a new resource allocation model for students with disability. This action will complete the final recommendation of the Queensland Disability Review.

The resource allocation review has commenced and consultation is currently occurring with a wide range of stakeholders including unions, principals’ associations, School Business Managers Association Queensland, parent groups, disability advocates and academics.​

​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:

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 News and stories

What’s happening nationally, in the Department of Education and in Queensland state schools to support inclusive education and improve outcomes for students with disability?

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Last updated 22 October 2021