The Disability Standards for Education 2005 seek to ensure that students with disability can access and participate in education on the same basis as other students.
The DSE clarifies the obligations of education and training providers, and the rights of people with disability, under the Disability Discrimination Act 1992 (DDA).
The DSE is Australian law under the DDA.
The DSE covers all aspects of education and training:
- Curriculum development, accreditation and delivery
- Student support services
- Elimination of harassment and victimisation.
Key aspects of the Standards require schools and other education providers to:
- treat students with disability on the same basis as students without disability
- make reasonable adjustments to student’s learning program and/or learning environment
- consult with the student or their parents/carers on the reasonable adjustments that will be provided.
Refer to the Guidance Notes for further information.
A series of fact sheets are also available on the Standards to assist student, parent and school understanding of them.
- Fact Sheet 1: Disability Discrimination Act 1992
- Fact Sheet 2: Disability Standards for Education 2005
- Fact Sheet 3: Parent engagement
- Fact Sheet 4: Effective consultation
- Fact Sheet 5: Complaints processes
Staff can learn more about their obligations through the DSE online training models, which includes seven online modules designed to cater for different student age groups or teacher career stages.
Disability Standards for Education: A parent and community resource
An e-learning web resource; a practical guide for individuals, families and communities is also freely available. Schools may share the link for this resource with their local community.