Education in Australia

Special Education provides programs and support through multiple approaches. This may be through regular classrooms, with support of modified curriculum or additional personnel, placement in special classes within regular schools (which may be smaller in size with more individual focus), or placement in special schools, again with smaller class groups and other modifications.

 

For a comprehensive listing of Australia-wide and even international special education resources, please see the Aussie Educator portal: http://www.aussieeducator.org.au/resources/teaching/specialeducationresources.html.

Below, please find more state-specific special education information and resources.

AUSTRALIA CAPITAL TERRITORY

All schools in the ACT are required to make reasonable adjustments for students with disability at the time of their enrolment and during the course of their education, ensuring they have the support they need to successfully access and participate in the school curriculum, programs and activities in the company of their peers.

NEW SOUTH WALES

NORTHERN TERRITORY

QUEENSLAND

SOUTH AUSTRALIA

TASMANIA

VICTORIA

  • As well as the standard Year 7 to 10 secondary school, there are Prep to Year 12 (P-12) schools, special schools that cater for children with disabilities. These schools cater to varying levels of disability and some specialise in specific diagnosis areas (e.g. Autism). For a listing of Victorian Specialist Schools, please see this listing published in 2011: http://www.education.vic.gov.au/Documents/about/programs/needs/vicspecialsistschls2011.pdf.
  • The Department offers support to children and young people who have a disability or developmental delay and their families through a range of programs targeted to meet their specific needs: http://www.education.vic.gov.au/about/programs/needs/
  • There are a range of options to help children with disabilities access quality education that meets their needs. Learn about getting your child assessed, special schools and support programs here: http://www.education.vic.gov.au/school/parents/needs/
  • The Catholic Education Commission of Victoria provides a searchable school directory, across the four dioceses of Victoria, which can be filtered down on with “Special” selected as a type: http://web.cecv.catholic.edu.au/

WESTERN AUSTRALIA

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