Students with a Disability

From Term 1 2017, Victorian government and Catholic schools will use the new Victorian Curriculum F-10. Curriculum related information is currently being reviewed and may be subject to change.

For more information on the curriculum, see:
The Victorian Curriculum F–10 - VCAA

Purpose of this policy

To support the inclusion of students with disabilities and additional learning needs in government schools.


The Department is committed to delivering an inclusive education system that ensures all students have access to a quality education that meets their needs. There are a range of policies, programs and resources for schools to support the delivery of high quality schooling for all students, inclusive of students with disabilities and additional learning needs. These resources may be provided in the Student Resource Package, through student support services or through early identification and intervention programs.

Victorian government schools have high expectations for all learners, and recognise that all students have the potential to learn. In addition, schools have legal obligations that include the provision educational opportunities, duty of care, occupational health and safety and discrimination, see: Student Engagement and Inclusion Guidance - Legal Obligations.

Under section 32 of the Disability Discrimination Act 1992, education providers must comply with the Disability Standards for Education 2005, see: Support for Children with Special Needs - Disability Standards: Resources. The Disability Standards set benchmarks with which all schools must comply. They cover enrolment, participation, curriculum development, student support services and the elimination of harassment and victimisation.

To comply, an education provider must make ‘reasonable adjustments’ to accommodate a student with a disability. An adjustment is a measure or action taken to assist a student with a disability to participate in education and training on the same basis as other students. When planning an adjustment for the student, the school should consult with the parent/guardian/carer(s) and, where appropriate, the student, through the Student Support Group process.

The Disability Standards for Education apply to all students with a disability, not just those who are eligible for support under targeted programs such as the Program for Students with Disabilities, which provides supplementary funding to assist schools in supporting students with disabilities and moderate to severe needs. Additional resources provided to schools do not define or limit the support provided for a student with a disability.

Related policies 

Department resources

For more information:

Other resources

  • For more information on the Victorian Certificate of Education and Victorian Certificate of Applied Learning specifically Section 7 – Satisfactory Completion of Units and Section 11 - Special Provision see: VCAA’s VCE and VCAL Administrative Handbook.