Disability standards

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.