The Disability Standards for Education 2005 (the Standards) were developed under the Disability Discrimination Act 1992. The Standards explain your obligations and the rights of students with disability.
The Standards say children and students with disability have the right to take part in their education on the same basis as their peers without disability.
This applies to all parts of school life including in the classroom, sport, excursions and camps.
All education providers, including kindergartens, primary and secondary schools, and TAFEs, must meet the Disability Standards for Education.
The Standards place three main obligations on education providers:
- Obligation to consult with the student and their parent/carer(s)
- Obligation to make
- Obligation to eliminate harassment and victimisation.
Rights and responsibilities under the Standards
The students’ rights
On the same basis as their peers, students with disability have the right to:
- enrol in their designated neighbourhood mainstream government education provider
- take part in their education including in the classroom, excursions and camps, sport, and work experience
- develop their skills and knowledge through for example, learning materials and supplementary programs
- access general student support such as career advice, and specialist support services such as speech pathologists and psychologists
- get an education without any discrimination caused by harassment and victimisation.
Responsibilities of education providers
Schools and other education providers must meet obligations regarding:
- Student support services
- Harassment and victimisation.
To make sure a student’s rights are met under these areas, education providers responsibilities include but are not limited to:
- talking to the student, and their parents/carers if necessary, about their disability and how it may affect their ability to take part in their education
- making sure the enrolment process is accessible
- making reasonable adjustments to the students learning materials, or teaching method and/or learning environment
- making sure students have access to student support services such as allied health professionals like speech pathologists or psychologists
- taking steps to make sure students with disability get an education without discrimination from harassment and victimisation, for example develop and carry out strategies to prevent harassment or victimisation.
Australian Government’s Department of Education website for further information about the Disability Standards for Education.
Disability standards for education eLearning
Education providers can learn more about their obligations under the Standards through the
Disability standards for education eLearning - a series of interactive, scenario-based resources.
Access to the resources is free and can be used to meet your professional development obligations (if a certificate of completion is provided).