Disability Standards for Education

The Disability Standards for Education 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.

TheĀ StandardsĀ and accompanying guidance notes are available.

Information about the Standards

In response to the first review of the Standards in 2010, the Department has prepared a series of fact sheets. 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 Department has also prepared a report on the activities undertaken by government and non-government jurisdictions and sectors in all states and territories, to raise awareness and provide guidance on the Standards. The stocktake of jurisdictional activities is available below.

Review of Disability Standards for Education 2005

A Review of the Standards was undertaken in 2010 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.

Review Process

A discussion paper was released to the public in 2011 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, and national roundtable discussions were held with key stakeholders and representative bodies in each capital city.