Language and Learning Disabilities Support Program (Reference 10)

We are committed to providing inclusive education in all school environments for students with disabilities and additional needs. All Victorians - irrespective of the school they attend, where they live or their social or economic status - should have access to high quality education.

There are a range of policies, programs and resources for schools to support the delivery of high quality schooling for all students, inclusive of students with disabilities and additional learning needs. These resources may be provided in the Student Resource Package, through student support services or through early identification and intervention programs. 

The Language and Learning Disabilities Support Program provides schools with resources to support the delivery of teaching and learning programs for students with autism, dyslexia, language or other learning disabilities.  Supports may include:

  • teaching staff
  • specialist education or allied health staff
  • consultancy or professional development
  • specialist equipment or materials
  • education support staff.

Evidence shows that the quality of teaching has one of the largest impacts on student learning. Building teaching excellence is central to making schools more inclusive and improving outcomes for students with learning support needs. 

When delivering effective programs for students with disabilities and additional learning needs, school leaders and teachers should ensure their practice is:

In addition, school policy and practice should reflect collaboration between the school leaders and teachers, parent/guardian/carer(s), specialist education or allied health staff to develop agreed understandings and responses to students' needs. This includes students with autism, dyslexia, language or other learning disabilities.    

Student Support Group Guidelines are available to assist schools in supporting students with disabilities and additional learning needs.

For further information, see School Policy and Advisory Guide - Students with a Disability.

Language and Learning Disabilities Support Program resources should not be targeted to students in receipt of supplementary funding through the Program for Students with Disabilities.

Calculation details

The allocation is calculated in two parts.

First, a weighted per student allocation based on the Stages of Schooling for P-9 students.

Per Student Allocation=Base Allocation + ([Stages of Schooling Enrolment] x [Stages of Schooling weighted Rate]

Second, a further allocation for schools with a Student Family Occupation (SFO) index above a density threshold of 0.4606

SFO Allocation= Statges of Schooling enrolment x Stages of schooling weighted SFO student rate x (SFO Index – SFO threshold)

Total Allocation = Per Student allocation + SFO Allocation

Minimum Allocation for all primary and secondary schools = $5,000.00

Rates - 2020

  Weighting Weighted per student rate ($)Weighted SFO student rate ($)
Prep-1 1.175040.36​770.52
Year 2 1.0910 37.48​715.43
Years 3-6 (Base rates)1.0000 34.35​655.76
Years 7-9 1.3051 44.83​855.83
SFO Threshold 0.4606 
Guaranteed Minimum   5,000.00
​Base Allocation​3,000.00