Students with disabilities the right to participate in educational courses and programs on the same basis as students without disability. This means a person with disability should have access to the same opportunities and choices in their education that are available to a person without disability.
The Disability Discrimination Act (DDA) (Cth 1992) makes it against the law for an educational authority to discriminate against someone because that person has a disability. This includes all public and private educational institutions, primary and secondary schools, and tertiary institutions such as TAFE, private colleges and universities.
The Disability Standards for Education (Cth 2005) was implemented to make more explicit the obligations of education and training service providers under the Disability Discrimination Act and the rights of people with disability in relation to education and training.
The standards set out in Parts 4 to 8 of the Standards specify how education and training are to be made accessible to students with disabilities. They cover the following areas:
- curriculum development, accreditation and delivery;
- student support services; and
- elimination of harassment and victimisation.
For more information about the DDA Standards for Education go to;
For further information about inclusive educational practice please go to Reasonable Adjustments
The following information will take you to external sites
Australian Disability Clearinghouse on Education and Training
In order to facilitate successful outcomes and improve the educational experience for students with disability, ADCET provides information, advice and resources to Disability Practitioners, Teachers and Students on inclusive practices within the post-secondary education sector.
Towards Success in Tertiary Study
Towards Success in Tertiary Study is a resource for all students who are studying or intending to study at tertiary level and includes strategies for students who have a disability.
Staying the Course - A guide to working with Students with mental illness