The Department of Education is committed to providing high quality inclusive education for students with disability, and supporting all schools to become increasingly disability ready and responsive to meet the needs of all students.
In 2019-20, the Department’s funding support for students with disability was $93.35 million.
Tasmanian Government schools use these additional resources to make educational adjustments to teaching and learning programs to ensure students with disability can participate and engage in quality educational programs.
A large component of this is individually targeted funding for students with disability aligned to meeting the needs defined within student Learning Plans.
Targeted Funding Supports
The Department has three support/special schools across the state and four Early Childhood Intervention Services (ECIS) centres.
All schools can utilise resources within their School Resource Package (SRP) to personalise programs and make educational adjustments to teaching programs for students within a range of needs, including for students with disability.
In addition, we provide funding aligned to individual student needs directly to school resource packages to support schools to provide quality teaching and learning programs for students with disability.
New Educational Adjustments Disability Funding Model
From Term 1 2020, the Department of Education implemented a new needs-based educational adjustment funding model that will align with the national disability reform agenda focusing on strengthening needs-based funding approaches.
During early 2018 consultation forums were held statewide on the underpinning principles for the new funding approach and the model structure.* The new funding model will support inclusive practice in schools and align supports to the educational adjustments teachers make in classrooms to ensure students with disability can access and engage in appropriate teaching and learning programs.
*In 2019, students state-wide were moderated by their school teams looking at the supports and educational adjustments in place to enable their access and participation at school.
For further information about the new model, visit Educational Adjustments.
Additional supports for students with disability
There are centrally funded programs to provide assistance for students with disability with information on eligibility and referral at the links below:
- Transport Assistance
- Minor access works and building modifications
- Assistive technology
- Provision of Specialist Equipment
- Consultative Physiotherapy and Occupational Therapy Program
- Mediation and Liaison Services