This information has been made available via Meredith Ward, of AFSA who is an invited member of Minister Dixon’s Advisory Committee for Children and Young People with Disabilities. Please share it with other parents and with schools.
All Australian governments and sectors are working together to implement a number of national reform agendas aimed at improving the lives of people with disability. This includes broad reforms such as the National Disability Strategy 2010-2020 and the National Disability Insurance Scheme, as well as specific reforms to improve education outcomes for students with disability.
On 10 May 2013, education ministers endorsed a model for collecting data on school students with disability that, for the first time, will be consistent across Australia. All Australian governments agreed to undertake the Nationally Consistent Collection of Data on School Students with Disability (the Data Collection) and that every school in Australia will use the same method to collect the same information – so a government school in suburban Melbourne will collect and report data in the same way as a Catholic school in country Queensland and an independent school in the Northern Territory.
Over time the Data Collection will provide better information about school students with disability in Australia. It will provide more accurate and complete information about the number and distribution of Australian school students with disability, including the adjustments provided to enable them to access education on the same basis as students without disability, and will inform policy and planning at a national level.
Last year 20% of schools participated in the Data Collection, this year all Victorian government schools will be asked to undertake the collection. Schools will be supported to implement this collection with a range of resources including professional development. No names or identifying information on students will be included in the Data Collection and parents and carers of students are to be consulted about inclusion of their child’s information in the collection.
The Data Collection is underpinned by school staff understanding the Commonwealth Disability Discrimination Act 1992 and the Disability Standards for Education 2005.
Further information is available from :
Commonwealth Department of Education website
The Victorian Department of Education and Early Childhood Development Website parent information