Exceptions to the Criteria
Student accessing Disability Education Programs
The ACT Government provides a range of educational services and settings to accommodate the diverse curriculum, resource, environmental and support needs of students with a disability. Parents are welcome to visit their local PEA school as they are able to meet the diverse range of student needs, however, families may elect to apply for specialised units or schools. For more information about available programs, eligibility or Disability Education application process, parent/carers may contact Disability Education on (02) 6205 6925.
The Inclusion Support Program
All public schools in the ACT are able to make the required reasonable adjustments to ensure your child is able to participate in education on the same basis as their peers. If your child is applying for the Inclusion Support Program (ISP), you should complete the enrolment procedures and timelines as outlined in this document as PEA principles apply. If the student meets eligibility, then ISP will be given at any public school where your child’s enrolment is accepted.
Disability Education Units (LSC, LSU, LSUA or SCL programs)
Disability Education units refer to any of the following programs:
- Learning Support Centre (LSC)
- Learning Support Unit (LSU)
- Learning Support Unit: Autism Specific (LSUA)
- Support Class Language (SCL)
If your child has been offered a placement in a Disability Education unit, you will be sent a letter of offer from the Disability Education section. The majority of these placements are completed through the Central Placement Panel (CPP) held in term 2 and 3. Once the letter of offer is received, parents/carers will be able to complete the online enrolment and apply for the school where the program is located. Specific enrolment instructions will be attached to the letter of offer.
Parents/carers of students with a disability who are interested in enrolling their child in a specialist school are invited to contact the specialist school principal directly. The principal will advise on eligibility criteria.
Early Childhood Schools (Preschool - Year 2)
As early childhood schools do not have a designated Priority Enrolment Area, principals make offers of enrolment according to the criteria in the following order:
- well-being considerations (evidence from a registered psychologist or medical specialist required)
- child lives in the ACT and has a sibling attending the school (P-2)
- child lives in the ACT and attends the long daycare program at the school
- child lives in the suburb where the school is located
- child lives elsewhere in the ACT
- child lives outside the ACT.
Telopea Park School - Primary Years Only
Telopea Park School is a unique bi-lingual school that operates under a bi-national agreement between the French and Australian Governments. The Priority Enrolment Area for this program in the primary years is the whole of the ACT. The school’s website outlines the school’s primary years entry criteria and enrolment procedures.