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Students with a Disability Meeting their Educational Needs Policy

  1. What is this policy about?
    1. This policy confirms the Education and Training Directorate’s commitment to supporting students with disability in ACT public schools.
  2. Policy Statement
    1. The Education and Training Directorate (the Directorate) supports and complies with the requirements of the Disability Discrimination Act 1991 and the Disability Standards for Education 2005.
    2. ACT public schools provide educational programs and make reasonable adjustments for students with disability at the time of enrolment and during the course of their education, ensuring they are able to access and participate in education on the same basis as other students.
    3. The Directorate provides a range of educational services and settings for students to accommodate the diversity of curriculum, resource, environmental and support needs of students with disability.
    4. The Directorate supports the enrolment of students with disability in mainstream schools.
    5. The Directorate supports the rights of parents to choose an appropriate setting for their child and to be fully informed and active participants in key decisions relating to their child’s education.
  3. Who does this policy apply to?
    1. This policy applies to all ACT public schools.
  4. Context
    1. ACT public schools aim to provide equitable, high quality, inclusive education for each student with disability.
    2. Students with disability can access a range of educational settings including specialist schools, specialised classes in mainstream schools and regular classes.
  5. Responsibilities
    1. The school principal and Directorate staff: are responsible for implementing this policy.
    2. Policy Owner: The Director, Student Engagement is responsible for this policy.
  6. Monitoring and Review
    1. The Policy Owner monitors the policy. This includes an annual scan of operation and review. A full review of the policy will be conducted within a three year period.
  7. Contact
    1. For support contact the Student Engagement Branch on (02) 6205 6925 or email
  8. Complaints
    1. Any concerns about the application of this procedure or the procedure itself, should be raised with:
  9. References
    1. Definitions
      • Disability: means a loss or reduction in ability to function on a day to day basis, caused by one or a combination of impairments including intellectual and physical disability, vision and hearing impairment, language disorder, mental health condition and autism.
      • Inclusivity: means including every student in the educational programs offered by the school. It involves personalising the learning program for each student by valuing their uniqueness - their interests, experiences, abilities, prior learning, insights, needs, cultural and ethnic backgrounds, and learning styles.
      • A parent: is a person with parental responsibility for a child.
      • Reasonable adjustment: is a measure or action taken by an education provider that has the effect of assisting a student with a disability:
        • in relation to an admission or enrolment
        • in relation to a course or programs
        • in relation to facilities or services
        on the same basis as a student without a disability, and includes an aid, facility, or a service that the student requires because of his or her disability. (Disability Standards for Education 2005).
    2. Legislation
    3. Implementation Documents
    4. Related Policies and Information

Students with a Disability: Meeting their Educational Needs Policy: SWD200810 is the unique identifier of this document. It is the responsibility of the user to verify that this is the current and complete version of the document, available on the Directorate’s website at