Drive change so that people with disability have equitable opportunity to access, participate and achieve their goals in tertiary education and subsequent employment.
The Australian Government’s National Disability Coordination Officer (NDCO) Program works strategically to assist people with disability access and participate in tertiary education and subsequent employment, through a national network of regionally based NDCOs.
The NDCOs work with stakeholders at the local level to reduce systemic barriers, facilitate smooth transitions, build links and coordinate services between the education, training and employment sectors. The NDCO Program operates within the framework of the Disability Discrimination Act and the Disability Standards for Education 2005.
The NDCO Program objectives are to:
improve linkages between schools, tertiary education providers, employment service providers and providers of disability programs and assistance at all government levels;
improve transitions for people with disability between school / community and tertiary education, and then to subsequent employment; and
improve participation by people with disability in tertiary education and subsequent employment.
How the NDCO Program operates
The National Disability Coordination Officer (NDCO) Program seeks to address barriers to participation in tertiary education and employment by improving the coordination and collaboration among service providers and building their capability to support people with disability.
The Program also seeks to increase the knowledge and awareness of people with disability about their post-school options and supports to enable them to participate in education and subsequent employment to the same extent as people without disability.
NDCOs undertake a range of activities which may include:
- Establishing or supporting local networks to strengthen linkages between schools, tertiary education institutions, and employment services in order to improve coordination across the sectors and facilitate smooth transition.
- Working collaboratively with education professionals, employers and the community to identify and address systemic barriers/gaps
- Working with local stakeholders to implement changes to policy and institutional practices to enhance inclusive practices and increase accessibility for people with disability
- Raising awareness and educating local stakeholders, including people with disability, about their responsibilities and rights, education and employment options, and services and support available.
There are 31 NDCOs across Australia, and 7 are located within Victoria. This website provides information in about pathways and resources in Victoria.
For more information about the Program and NDCOs across Australia visit:
Australian Government’s National Disability Coordination Officer Program
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