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Submissions encouraged on education disability standards

Ministers:

The Hon Dan Tehan MP
Minister for Education

The Coalition Government is calling for public submissions into a review of the Disability Standards for Education 2005.

Minister for Education Dan Tehan said the standards play a key role in ensuring students with disability can access and participate in education without any barriers.

"It’s incredibly important we review these standards regularly to make sure they are doing their job to give equal access and opportunity for students with disability," Mr Tehan said.

"The standards help students with disability and their families know their rights and make clear the obligations of all education providers – from preschool and kindergarten through to vocational education providers and universities.

"This could include making reasonable adjustments in the classroom, such as additional learning support and modifying homework tasks, or adjusting the classroom environment to suit a student’s mobility needs.

"An extensive community consultation process will be held from 16 July to 25 September, providing an opportunity for the public to share experiences and ideas.

"I strongly encourage current, former and prospective students with disability, their families and carers, educators, and other members of the public to share their thoughts on the standards and their implementation."

People can have their say by completing an online questionnaire, making a submission, participating in a webinar, or by expressing their interest in a focus group, one-on-one interview, or an online discussion. The first webinar on 23 July will centre on schooling.

The standards are reviewed every five years. For more information, visit the Consultation Hub at www.disabilitystandardsreview.education.gov.au.