Release type: Joint Media Release

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Support extended for students with disability in Tasmania

Ministers:

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

Parliamentary Secretary for School Education Senator Jacinta Collins and Senator for Tasmania Carol Brown today visited Tasmania’s Austins Ferry Primary School to meet with students and teachers and discuss the Gillard Government’s extension of the More Support for Students with Disabilities initiative.

Senator Collins said programs to help students with disability are an important part of the National Plan for School Improvement.

"The Gillard Government will extend the More Support for Students with Disabilities initiative into 2014—an investment of $100 million,” Senator Collins said.

"This is in addition to the $200 million already provided to government and non-government education authorities over the 2012 and 2013 school years to support their work with students with disability and learning difficulties.

"You can see this money at work here at Austins Ferry as this funding goes directly to building the capacity of schools and teachers to meet the needs of individual students.”

Senator Brown said Austins Ferry had already seen the benefits of the Government’s investment in the More Support for Students with Disabilities initiative.

"For Austins Ferry Primary School, this extra investment in students with disability has delivered assistive technology such as iPads, and training to support teaching students with disability and learning difficulties,” Senator Brown said.

"The Tasmanian Government School Sector is receiving $3.9 million to support students with disability over the 2012–13 school years.”

Senator Collins said under the National Plan for School Improvement there will be a loading for students with disability in every school.

"This loading will be implemented from 2015 once nationally consistent data on students with disabilities has been obtained,” Senator Collins said.

Under the National Plan, schools across the country will benefit from an extra $14.5 billion in public investment over the next six years along with better indexation.

The Australian Government has already signed an agreement with NSW, the largest school system in the country, and is determined to keep working closely with states and territories to see these reforms agreed by 30 June 2013, in order to give schools, parents and communities right across the nation the certainty they need to plan for next year.

For more information visit: www.betterschools.gov.au.