Disability Standards

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

​​​​The Disability Standards for Education (the standards) seek to ensure that students with disability can access and participate in education on the same basis as other students.

The standards clarify the obligations of education and training providers, and the rights of people with disability, under the Disability Discrimination Act 1992 (DDA). The standards are subordinate legislation made under the DDA.

A primary objective of the standards is to make rights and responsibilities in education and training easier to understand.

The standards cover:

  • enrolment
  • participation
  • curriculum development
  • accreditation and delivery
  • student support services
  • elimination of harassment and victimisation.

Guidance notes to the standards provide additional explanatory material, including background information and comments intended to help people interpret and comply with the standards.

For more information, see:

Following the Review of the Standards undertaken in 2010, the Commonwealth Department of Education prepared a series of fact sheets on the Standards to assist student, parent and school understanding of them.

Professional eLearning

A suite of eLearning resources relating to the Disability Standards for Education 2005 has been developed by the University of Canberra and the education departments of all States and Territories.

The purpose of these resources is to provide a consistent national approach for assisting schools and education providers to understand their obligations under the legislation. These resources are also important to understanding the model applied to the nationally consistent collection of data on school students with disability (the data collection) in which all schools are required to participate from 2015.

All education providers are bound by the standards: preschools and kindergartens (but not child care centres), public and private schools, public and private education and training places and tertiary institutions including TAFEs and universities.

Access to these interactive, scenario-based resources is free and can be used to meet your professional development obligations (if a certificate of completion is provided).

eLearning resources

To access the eLearning courses for:

  • Early childhood – Prior to fulltime school
  • Early childhood – School
  • Primary
  • Junior secondary
  • Senior secondary
  • Educational leaders
  • Education assistants
    1. Visit the University of Canberra Disability Standards for Education
    2. Click ‘Create a new account’ at the bottom of the screen
    3. Enter the registration key located at Disability Standards for Education eLearning
    4. Complete the registration form
    5. Log in using the user name and password (for security purposes, it is recommended that this password be different to your DET log in)
    6. Select one of the training packages (allow pop ups)

To access the website resource for:

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  • Apple Safari

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Computers with slower connection speeds may experience difficulties in accessing website content.

For any content or technical queries regarding the eLearning modules phone or SMS 0458 373 373 or 02 6201 5649 or lodge a ticket at the University of Canberra Help Desk via the support ticket system.

For any other technical queries contact the Department service desk on 1800 641 943.

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