Release type: Media Release


Extra $15.4 Million to Help WA Students with Disability in Government Schools


Senator the Hon Jacinta Collins
Parliamentary Secretary for School Education and Workplace Relations

More than 7500 students with disability in West Australian government schools will have greater access to classroom support and specialised equipment thanks to $15.4 million in funding from the Gillard Government’s More Support for Students with Disabilities initiative.

Parliamentary Secretary for School Education, Senator Jacinta Collins, said this funding is in addition to the previously announced funding to Independent and Catholic Schools, bringing a total of $20.1 million to help better support WA students with disability.

“This funding, part of our overall $200 million national initiative, will provide much-needed specialist support and assistance to thousands of students in government schools throughout WA.”

“Children with disability can face disadvantage in achieving education and employment outcomes, and without this type of support they are less likely to reach their full potential, putting them at greater risk of unemployment and social exclusion.”

“Under the More Support for Students with Disabilities initiative, WA government schools will receive:

  • $9.6 million to develop Education Support Coordination Centres which will better coordinate health/allied health professional support and provide additional information to support families
  • $1.15 million to provide coordination between schools and allied health and other professionals to strengthen the school’s support for students with disability, including access to innovative delivery of therapy services in rural and remote communities.
  • $2.3 million to provide better support paraprofessionals to strengthen their skills in supporting students with disability
  • $1.15 million to provide additional support for students with disability to transition effectively between stages of schooling and/or into further education, training or employment.
  • $1.15 million to provide training for up to 400 teachers to build their skills in special education

Senator Collins said the Gillard Government was committed to giving Australians with disability the same opportunities as every other citizen, including access to a great education, and participation in the workforce wherever possible.

“We’re making a real difference for families through our initiatives such as the $220 million Helping Children with Autism program and the $147 million Better Start for Children with Disability program. We’re also developing the nation’s first National Disability Insurance Scheme.”

“Rolling out the More Support for Students with Disabilities funding is an important part of this commitment.”