In Term 3 2019, schools can apply to purchase new equipment and assistive technology to support students with disabilities or additional learning needs to participate, learn and succeed in all aspects of school life.
The Equipment Boost for Schools initiative funds new equipment and assistive technology to support students with disabilities or additional learning needs.
New equipment and assistive technology may include:
- customised or adjustable furniture
- mobility equipment and resources
- ability switches and switch-adapted toys
- portable amplification equipment
- literacy aids
- communication software
- inclusive recreation equipment and resources.
In 2019, the initiative builds on the learnings from 2018 and responds to known needs within the school system by:
- providing schools with an opportunity to apply for funding to purchase new equipment and assistive technology through the Equipment Boost for Schools: 2019 Application Round
- developing an online catalogue of evidence-based inclusive education software, including applications for portable devices
- providing the Visiting Teacher Service with new equipment and assistive technology to support their student caseloads and build capacity in schools
- developing Professional Practice Guides to support the appropriate and effective use of new equipment and assistive technology in schools.
How do I apply?
Applications must be submitted online by
20 September 2019. Applications must be endorsed by the school principal prior to submission.
For general guidance on the Equipment Boost for Schools initiative please refer to the 2019 application guidelines below.
Equipment Boost for Schools - 2019 application guidelines
Professional practice guides
We have developed comprehensive professional practice guides to support schools to identify, purchase and implement inclusive equipment and assistive technology that will best meet the needs of their students. These guides include:
- a recommended process to identify and implement new equipment and assistive technology provided to support school-level decision-making
- a list of inclusive equipment and assistive technology used to support Victorian government school students, which has been developed in collaboration with allied health professional peak bodies and in consultation with Department of Education and Training staff.
Supporting materials are not intended to be exhaustive. Professional practice guides are intended to support schools to identify, purchase and implement new equipment and assistive technology that is suitable for their needs.
Professional practice guide - inclusive equipment and assistive technology
Inclusive education means that all members of every school community are valued and supported to fully participate, learn, develop and succeed within an inclusive school culture. This includes making reasonable adjustments for students with disabilities and additional learning needs.
The Equipment Boost for Schools initiative responds to calls to strengthen inclusive education practice to provide better supports for students with disabilities and additional needs through:
- access to new equipment and assistive technology for all Victorian government schools to support students with disabilities or additional learning needs to participate, experience, learn and achieve on the same basis as their peers
- support for schools to identify their equipment assistive technology needs and implement effective, evidence-based interventions (including through the provision of training).
For questions on the Equipment Boost for Schools initiative, contact:
Inclusive Education Grants Team, Inclusive Education Professional Practice Branch, Regional Services Group
Phone: (03) 9084 8496
For assistance with the online application process through SmartyGrants, contact:
SmartyGrants Service Team
Phone: (03) 9320 6888