Everyone can learn

Education is a fundamental human right. It empowers us to achieve our potential and strengthens the communities in which we live and work. We all have the right to participate in education and training, regardless of our individual levels of ability.

There are many ways in which education providers can support people with disability to learn. It is against the law for education providers to discriminate against people with disability.

Disability Standards for Education

All education providers must adhere to the Disability Standards for Education set out in the Disability Discrimination Act (1992). These ensure that students with disability can access and participate in education on the same basis as other students.

They also specify the provision of reasonable adjustments for students – such as changes to a physical environment, modified communication systems or educational materials being made available in alternative formats.

Learn more about the Disability Standards for Education.

Disability support in education and training

TAFE

At TAFE students with disability are supported by Disability Teacher Consultants.

Contact the TAFE NSW Disability Teacher Consultants at your local TAFE campus to discuss your needs in the learning environment. You may wish to contact the Disability Teacher Consultant earlier if you require assistance and advice in accessing TAFE.

Students with a disability may be exempt from paying TAFE enrolment fees (one enrolment per year) so contact your local TAFE NSW Disability Teacher Consultant to discuss this.

University

All Australian universities have disability services staff who assist students with accessing reasonable adjustments. They generally called Disability Advisers or Disability Liaison Officers. A complete list of disability services across Australia is available on the ADCET website.

It is a good idea to contact the disability services prior to receiving your offer at university so that your support needs can best be met.