You have the option to enrol your child in a government specialist school for students with a disability. These schools support students with:
- an intellectual disability
- physical disability
- hearing impairment.
Specialist schools teach students from kindergarten to Year 12. Students must meet the school's enrolment criteria.
Choosing a specialist school
It is important to remember that your child has the right to attend their designated neighbourhood school. They do not have to go to a specialist school.
You can also enrol your child at a school outside of your designated neighbourhood zone as long as the school:
- has enough space
- does not have any other type of specialist enrolment criteria.
It's up to you to choose which school your child will go to.
All government schools must make
reasonable adjustments for students with disabilities.
Enrolling in a specialist school
You can search for specialist schools near you at
The website includes a list of specialist schools near your address, the main disability they support and contact details. The main disability a school supports is called 'specialisation'. The specialisation is a guide only.
Contact your chosen school for their enrolment criteria and process.
You can also contact one of our
regional offices to talk about flexible learning arrangements. Arrangements can include your child enrolling at:
- both a specialist school and your designated neighbourhood school
- another school of choice.
Zones for specialist schools
Specialist schools do not have enrolment zones. Contact your chosen school for their enrolment criteria.
Specialist schools do have designated transport areas. If you live in these areas, you may be able to get help with transporting your child to and from school.
Learn more about
getting to and from school for students with a disability. You can also search for designated transport areas near you.
Learn more about
inclusive education in government schools.