The Department is delivering an inclusive education agenda to give schools extra resources, support and guidance to create safe and inclusive school environments for students with disabilities and additional needs.  

The initiatives focus on developing the knowledge and skills of school staff, and giving schools clearer guidance and specialist support to better respond to the needs of students with disabilities.

The agenda builds on the:

Hear what Victorian students have to say about inclusive education:

What inclusion means to me

Inclusion – full responses

00:08 Voiceover: We’re here today to talk about inclusive education for students with disabilities across all areas of schools. In particular, we’re here to hear from students themselves about what inclusive education means to them.

00:23 Student 1: Inclusion is important because people with different disabilities and different conditions have different skills, different perspectives that need to be heard.

00:32 Student 2: In education, we want every student to succeed in their own way and to the best of their ability.

00:37 Student 3: Inclusion is important because we need to value everyone as an equal.

00:41 Student 4: It’s important to understand people have different cultures and diversities.

00:46 Student 5: Well for me, it means that everyone gets to be involved, there is more fun with activities and everyone feels included, and everyone embraces everyone’s diversity.

00:56 Student 6: Everyone has the right to be included.

00:59 Student 7: To create an environment for the best of each other, (1;02 student ) eg. sports and debate teams

1:05 Student 8: Inclusion is a really good way to support, not just at school, but at home and in the community

1:13 Student 9: It gives everyone a chance to achieve their goals, (1:16 student 10) to have more opportunities in many other things such as getting a job and living independently.

1:23 Student 11: Inclusion is important to me because everyone belongs in a part of a whole.

1:28 Student 12: It also means that you get to make new friends, and get to know each other.

1:33 Student 13: It allows students, who have an amalgamation of different abilities, to prosper in their own way.

1:39 Student 14: Because everybody deserves to belong, no matter if you’re disabled, autistic or just normal.

1:46 Student 15: And we want to play to every individuals strengths.


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There are a number of programs and resources to support students with disabilities, including: