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Region 16: Western Victoria

Welcome to NDCO Victoria Region 16.

Northern Mallee, Wimmera Southern Mallee, Central Grampians, Glenelg & Southern Grampians, Highlands, South West & Geelong Regions

The National Disability Coordination Officer Program for Western Victoria (Region 16) covers a large regional geographical area incorporating twenty two Local Government Area’s of Highlands, Geelong, South West, Glenelg, Central, Northern and Southern Grampians, Southern & Northern Mallee, Sunraysia and the Western District. The area of Western Victoria is approximately 98,104 square kilometres. The region has a population around 775,000 people and an unemployment rate of 5.3%.

The NDCO program has been funded until the end of June 2022 by the Australian Government Department of Education and Training, Higher Education Quality and Access Branch. If you would like to speak with your local NDCO please call 0418108555 or email:pam.anderson@skillsplus.com.au



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A student’s transition into post-secondary education is often a steep learning curve. Adult learning is mostly self-directed. Students engage with large quantities of written and audio-visual materials, navigating databases, operating software packages and listening to teachers and other students. It is essential to introduce students with disability to user-friendly, reliable technology that meets the demands of a complex learning environment.

Inclusive technology* plays a key role in making post-secondary education accessible to students with disability:

  • text-to-speech allows students with learning disability to access reading materials;
  • FM hearing transmitters allow many students who are hearing impaired to access what a lecturer is saying in class;
  • screen-reading allows students who are blind to use a computer; and
  • voice recognition allows many students with muscular difficulties to use a computer with greater ease.

There are many more technologies that assist students in accessing their studies as well as achieving their goals in the workplace and in their personal lives.

Inclusive technologies are made available through a broad range of hardware and platforms. Many are available for smartphones, for tablets, for Windows and Mac computers, on USB or online. In some cases, hardware is specific to the particular technology. The platform and hardware can be matched to a student’s learning needs and study environment.

Students vary in their knowledge of inclusive technology; some may have no knowledge at all whilst others will already be experienced in using technologies to access their studies and demonstrate their knowledge. The role that inclusive technology plays in facilitating equity access is acknowledged by the World Health Organisation’s 2016 publication of Priority Assistive Technology Products List.

This section of the website offers insight into inclusive technologies relevant to students with particular disabilities. The main functions of each type of technology will be explained. Where there might be differences between products, these will be considered in terms of the benefit they offer to students.

Please refer to the Australian Disability Clearinghouse on Education and Training (ADCET) for further information.



Region 16 Environmental Scan 2013 to 2016 – Available for perusal!

The purpose of the National Disability Coordination Officer Programme (NDCO) Environmental Analysis is to provide a contextual analysis of the issues facing people with disability at the NDCO regional level. The NDCO programme operates strategically at a local level to improve education and employment outcomes for people with disability from 14 to 64 years. The following information relates to NDCO Region 16 (western Vicotira) incorporating Northern Mallee, Wimmera Southern Mallee, Central Grampians, Glenelg & Southern Grampians, Highlands, South West & Geelong Regions.  Broader information has been included where relevant to provide comparisons to state and national data, where data relates to activities undertaken by people with disability in Vocational Education and Training, and Higher Education.

Region 16 Environmental Scan 2013 to 2016 PDF (512 KB)


Contact Information

NDCO: Pam Anderson

Skillsplus Ltd
Head Office, 31 Playne Street
Frankston VIC 3199


P: 0418 108 555
M: 0418 108 555
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