Tasmanian Autism Diagnostic Service (TADS)

TADS is a diagnositc clinic jointly provided by Communities Tasmania and the Department of Education. TADS provides comprehensive diagnostic assessments for children and young people suspected of having an autism spectrum disorder (ASD).

TADS work with public and private diagnostic services, including paediatricians, psychiatrists and psychologists when a decision has been reached that a comprehensive and specialised autism spectrum assessment is appropriate.

For more information, refer to the Tasmanian Autism Diagnostic Service. 

Therapy Services for Students with Disability

The Department of Education is committed to students receiving the specialist support that they require from Allied Health professionals, including occupational therapy and physiotherapy, to support their educational programs.

For 2018, the delivery of this support will occur via the following service providers:

  • Panda Therapy in the Southern region of Tasmania
  • St Giles in the Northern region of Tasmania
  • North West Regional Hospital in the North Western region of Tasmania.

For more information about these services, refer to the Therapy Services Fact Sheet.

Mediation and Liaison Services for Schools and Families

The Department of Education contracts Life Without Barriers to work across the state in support of families and schools.

Life Without Barriers provide a liaison and mediation service to support families and school staff develop positive and close working partnerships for children with disability in Tasmanian Government schools.

The Life Without Barriers (LWB) Education Team deliver this through a personal service, visiting families and schools as required and working with all parties to resolve problems or issues.

LWB can assist families and schools to:

  • Support the learning and educational development opportunities for children with disability
  • Build positive working relationships between schools and families of children with disability.

Life Without Barriers can accept referrals directly from families, schools or from Learning Services. The service is free to schools and families.

Referrals can be made via email to or calling Paul Cairns, Manager, Specialised Programs on 0458 592 777.

For further information, view the Education Liaison and Mediation Services flyer.

For more information go to Life Without Barriers.

Minor Works Program

The Department of Education will make all reasonable accommodations to support the inclusion of students with disabilities within regular schools through the Minor Works Program. Funding under this program is to assist schools with modifying the physical environment to enable/improve a student’s access to educational opportunities.

Examples of projects covered are: ramps, handrails, toilet grab rails, tactile indicators and toilet modifications incorporating shower and fixed change table facilities. Funds are not available for fencing or covered ramp ways.

Schools are responsible for submission of proposals. Factors such as frequency of use, safety issues, the degree of disability for identified students and recommendations from treating therapists (where applicable) are considered as part of the submission process.

Information Technology Grants for Students with Disability

The Department of Education supports students’ access and participation in educational programs via the provision of information technology for students with disability.

Schools can apply for technology if it is clearly linked to student learning plan goals.  Trials of appropriate software and equipment are undertaken by appropriate staff members; or prescribed by Allied Health professionals as appropriate (e.g. Occupational Therapist, Speech Language Pathologist).

All software and equipment (including iPads) are on loan to individual students.

Transport Assistance Program

The Transport Assistance Program is intended to assist those students from Early Childhood Intervention Service to senior secondary college who:

  • are eligible as determined by the eligibility assessment process;
  • attend a school placement recommended by the DoE.

Students who meet the eligibility criteria and are enrolled in Tasmanian Government schools, may access transport assistance services to and from that school, subject to available seating, however transport to and from all schools remains a parental responsibility.

For further information, refer to the Transport Assistance Guidelines.

Community Language Schools

The Department of Education recognises the social and economic benefits of cultural and linguistic diversity and further recognises the valuable role of community language schools in sustaining and developing the languages and cultures of our community.

The Department of Education provides grant funding for community language schools in Tasmania. The Tasmanian Government will provide a per capita grant for each student enrolled. Grant monies will be distributed directly to schools for the school year.

The Department of Education will pay grants to schools that meet the following criteria:

  • language instructors must have a Working With Vulnerable Children check before providing any instruction to students and include the proof with this application
  • the school must be controlled by, or be part of, an ethnic community group. The Secretary of the Department must also be satisfied regarding the bona fide nature of the organisation.
  • courses must be directed at instruction in a language other than English and must be open to students of any ethnic origin.
  • schools must require students to attend for at least two hours a week.
  • students must also be enrolled in full time schooling (Prep to 12)

Grants will not be paid for students in insertion classes conducted within the normal program of a government or non-government school.

A Grant Deed will be provided by the Department of Education for mutual agreement prior to the payment of the grant.