Disability Standards for Education

The Disability Standards for Education 2005 (the Standards) clarify the obligations of education and training providers and seek to ensure that students with disability can access and participate in education on the same basis as other students. The Standards were formulated under the Disability Discrimination Act 1992 and came into effect in August 2005.

The Standards and accompanying guidance notes are available.

2015 review of the Disability Standards for Education

The Standards are required to be reviewed every five years in consultation with the Attorney-General’s Department. Urbis has been engaged by the department to undertake the 2015 review of the Standards. The 2015 review will take into consideration progress which has been made since the 2010 review in early childhood education, schooling, vocational education and training, and in higher education to support the learning needs and inclusion of students with disability and learning difficulty. The review will also focus on the effectiveness of the Standards in:

  • supporting students with disability to access and participate in education on the same basis as other students
  • raising awareness and eliminating discrimination against people with disability in education and training.

The 2015 review will include public consultation and a written submission period. Further details will be added to this website over the coming months.

For more information on this process, please visit the official 2015 review website, where members of the public will be able to view the discussion paper and add their own submissions. For accessible versions of the discussion paper, please email dsereview@urbis.com.au.

Fact sheets to support the Standards

In response to the first review of the Standards in 2010, the department has prepared a series of fact sheets to raise awareness of the Standards. The fact sheets provide information to assist students, parents and schools to understand the Standards and ensure that students with disability can access and participate in school education. The Standards can be used as a tool to guide conversations between schools, families and students.

The department has also prepared a report on the activities undertaken by government and non-government education authorities in all states and territories, to raise awareness and provide guidance on the Standards. The stocktake of jurisdictional activities is available below.

2010 review of the Standards

The 2010 review of the Standards was undertaken to determine whether the Standards remain an efficient mechanism for Government to achieve the objectives of the Disability Discrimination Act 1992 in the education sector. A report on the Review and the Australian Government response are available below.

The 2010 review was guided by a discussion paper which outlined the terms of reference and key questions of the review. As part of the review process, 200 written submissions were received from organisations and individuals across the country.  A National roundtable discussions were held with key stakeholders and representative bodies in each capital city.