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 public consultation period for the 2015 review has now concluded and a report is in the process of being finalised. Further information on the findings of this review will be added to this website over the coming months.

Guidance on personalised learning for students with disability

Supporting students with disability in schooling is a national priority. Representatives from various sectors of education have collaborated to produce a national resource which can be used to guide discussions on personalised learning with the student, their family or carer, school personnel, professionals and other relevant people.

This resource is titled Planning for Personalised Learning and Support: A National Resource. It was created to support the Disability Standards for Education 2005 and its implementation in schools.

All educators are encouraged to use this document for personalised planning, and to share this document with their school networks.

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.  National roundtable discussions were held with key stakeholders and representative bodies in each capital city.