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Further education and training

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Many students choose a further education and training pathway to continue their vocational and employment learning journey. These pathway choices require planning and preparation well before the student finishes school. The school and the student work together to ensure supports are in place prior to formal enrolment and commencement of this pathway.

The further education and training pathway provides a number of options including:

The Disability Standards for Education 2005 (DSE) ensures that students with disability can access education and training on the same basis as other students. It is important to remember that these standards apply to school as well as to post-school providers of education and training. The DSE cover all areas of education including:

  • schools
  • universities
  • Registered Training Organisations and TAFE institutes.

The Standards cover:

  • enrolment
  • participation
  • curriculum development
  • accreditation and delivery
  • support services and
  • harassment and victimisation.

Equal rights to an education

All training providers offer support for students with disability. The Disability Discrimination Act 1992 (DDA) makes discrimination in education unlawful and must offer a person with disability the same educational opportunities as everyone else.

This means that if a person meets the necessary entry requirements of a school or college then they are entitled to have just as much chance to study there as anyone else. Educators must make changes or reasonable adjustments to ensure the student with disability is able to perform essential course-work and can access the full program on the same basis as all students participating in the course.

Educators must base their decisions on a student's ability to meet the essential requirements of the course. They should not make assumptions about what a student can or cannot do because of a disability.

The National Disability Coordination Officer program (NDCO)

The National Disability Coordination Officer (NDCO) program assists people with disability, including students, to move between school, Vocational Education and Training, University and work. The program helps to provide advice about options after school and put the student in touch with appropriate people and support to help with further study and find suitable employment.

The NDCO program aims to improve transition for students with disability from their school or community into post-school education, training and subsequent employment. They work to establish better links between schools and further education training providers.

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Last updated 17 October 2018