Special Education covers the education of children with particular needs. In this instance, we have concentrated on students who exhibit special requirements in the areas of behaviour disorders and learning, physical, hearing or vision impairment. Gifted students, who also have specific needs, are treated separately.
Special Education provides programs and support through several methods. This may be through the regular classroom, with support of modified curriculum or additional human resources, placement in special classes within regular schools - which may be smaller in size, allowing for more individual attention or, if impairment is significant, it may mean placement in special schools, again with smaller class groups and other modifications.
In addition, other resources are available such as transport, building modifications, Individual Education Plans and technology, all designed to make learning as easy, enjoyable and effective as possible.
All systems prefer an inclusive approach wherever possible, taking into account the level of impairment involved, the special needs of an individual student and the needs of other students who may be affected.
This page looks at general information from all Australian states & territories.
The Second Page looks at Inclusive Education, technology and Australian and international sites.
You might also consider inclusions on the Special Education Resources page for possible options.
Neither page attempts to target specific impairments or disorders. These are found on other, specific pages.
States & Territories
Australian Capital Territory
- Disability Education [Education & Training
Covers services, NDIS Trial, multiple Programs, Specialist School Programs, more. Related areas include :
- Contact Us
Includes Contact details for Students with a Disability programs, transport, etc..
- Disability Criteria for ACT Students
Education Reference Group
Terms of Reference, Minutes for multiple meetings.
- Specialist Schools
and Education Centres
Provides school/centre details including contact information.
- Student Centred Appraisal of Need
‘This booklet is designed to assist parents, carers and staff to prepare for the Student Centred Appraisal of Need meeting. It contains information about the process and the groups of descriptors’.
- Students with a Disability
: Meeting their Educational Needs
Policy from the Department of Education.
- Transport for Students with Disabilities
- Students with Special Needs
‘Identification and support provisions for students with Special Needs [Disabilities]’ in the Canberra/Goulburn Catholic Education area.
New South Wales
- Disability, Learning and Support [DEC]
Department of Education & Communities. Information and links for disability education. Related sections include :.
- Assisted School Travel Program
‘Students with disability who are unable to travel to and from school under the Transport for NSW’s School Student Transport Scheme may be eligible for transport assistance under the Assisted School Travel Program’.
- Disability Action Plan 2011-
‘The NSW Department of Education and Communities’ strategy to better engage people with a disability’.
- Disability Criteria
- Educational Services supporting Students with Disability
Data relating to this.
- Getting ready for school - A Guide for Parents of a Child with Disability
- Learning and Support
‘Supports students experiencing difficulties in learning in regular classes. Includes support for students with significant learning difficulties, mild intellectual disabilities and language disorders’.
- People With Disabilities - Statement of Commitment
- Publications and Resources for Disability, Learning and Support
- School Locator
Under the “School Type” select either “Special Schools” or “Support Classes in Regular Schools”.
- Who’s Going to Teach My
“A Guide for Parents of Students with Special Learning Needs”.
- Services for Students With Disabilities
Links to all Institutes and their Disability Services. Information on who is supported, what support is available, exemptions and concessions, contact details, National Relay Service. TVET for School Students with a Disability operates through the OTEN section of TAFE.
- Special Education in Catholic
Catholic Education Commission. Select “Special Learning Needs” options from the left menu. Access Catholic Special Schools via this page by selecting “Search for a Special school”.
- Inclusion Support Services
Catholic Education. Overview plus Students with Disabilities Policy.
- Special Education and
Disability [Department of Education]
Information on services, special education settings, philosophy of inclusion, forums, more. Related areas include :
‘The aim of Early Childhood Intervention is to minimise the impact of developmental delay and disability on a child’s development and learning’.
Information, contact details, Guidance Information Sheet.
- Enrolment of Students with Disabilities in Special Schools and Special Centres
Several documents including the Policy and a List of current special schools and centres .
- Philosophy of Inclusion for Students with a Disability
- Updated !
Catering for Diversity [Queensland Curriculum and Assessment Authority]
‘The needs of students with specific educational needs must be considered in a proactive way, for example through designing inclusive learning and assessment programs’. Also check the Updated ! Equity in Education page.
- Disability Services Queensland
‘Leaders innovation and partnership in the disability field’.
Queensland Catholic Education Commission‘A process for identifying and responding to the educational needs of students with disabilities’. Information plus link to resources. Inclusive practices for Catholic schools in Queensland is a position statement of the Commission. PDF format.
- Inclusive Education [Education Queensland]
Overview, multiple links for special areas. Relevant sections include :
- Disability Policy
Programs and Services, Special Schools, Early Childhood Development programs and services, related links, more.
- Education Adjustment Program
‘A process for identifying and responding the educational needs of students with disabilities’. Support provided, web page links, Identifying Students with Disability, Important Information, Verification, more.
- Education for Children with a
Disability - A Guide for Parents
Multi-section online document.
- Learning and Disability Support
Guide for Parents [see above], Statewide services, specialist staff, more support for students.
- School Transport Assistance Programs for Students with Disabilities
- AIS - Special Education
Targeted program for Special Education in S.A. Independent Schools.
- Catholic Schools Special
Overview, links to special schools, contact point.
- Disabilities & Information Resource Centre
‘a one-stop-shop for information on all aspects of disability’.
- Disabilities and Special Needs
Multiple sections. Covers schools and beyond.
- Special Education [DECD]
Programs, Autism, Educator information, Disability Support Program, Better Pathways, Contact details. Related links include :
- Disability Support Program : Information brochure for Parents and Caregivers
- Learning Difficulties/Learning
Support available, what is a learning difficulty/learning disability, different types of disability, more.
- Special Education
For educators and parents. Held in July.
- Special Education Moodle
‘designed for sharing information and resources to support students with disabilities and learning difficulties’.
- Special Education Resource Unit
- Students with Disabilities Policy
- Disability Support
TasTAFE. Overview, contact details.
- Special Learning Needs [AIST]
Contact point to access forms about special needs in Tasmanian independent schools.
- Students With Disabilities [Department of Education]
Overview and contact details for Special Education Advisors in multiple areas. Links to documents [at the bottom of the page]. Related aspects include :
- Autism Specific Programs
Overview, links to various documents and to TASDAS which is the assessment body.
- Guidelines for Individual Education Planning - Students with Disabilities
- Programs for
Students with High or Additional Learning Needs
‘Designed to provide basic skills to students with severe disabilities and/or students with high and additional learning needs’.
- Special Schools
- Transport Assistance Program for Students with Disabilities
Guidelines and procedures.
- Support for Students
Tasmanian Catholic Education Office. General statement.
- Catholic Education Commission Victoria
Parent Handbooks [Primary, Secondary] have sections on Additional Learning Needs which include this area.
- Centre for Developmental Disability Health
‘Academic unit to improve health outcomes for people with developmental disabilities through a range of educational, research and clinical activities’.
- Divine [Victoria]
‘Exciting new website written by and for people with a disability’. State Disability Plan, Tech Talk, Rights and Policies, much more.
- Independent Schools Victoria - Students with
Overview, Handbooks, special school listing, more.
- Office for Disability
Policies, legislation, advocacy information, research, resources such as the Bar None Community Awareness Kit for Schools. It ‘provides information and curriculum support for teachers’ and has multiple components.
- Special Needs Support [DEECD]
Information on programs and initiatives. Related pages include :
- Abilities Awareness
‘To make all people aware of what they can do, not what they can’t do, and to talk about the abilities people with a disability have’.
- Handbook &
Access a range of documents and application forms in multiple formats.
- Program for Students with
Includes Guidelines for Schools 2014, links to other information.
- Special Needs Support
Includes Autism Friendly Learning, Home Based Educational Programs, Supplementary Programs, more.
- Student Support Services
Information for Principals and administrators. Most is only available when signed in.
- Students with Disabilities Transport Program [SDTP]
- Support for Children with Special Needs
‘Learn about getting your child assessed, special schools and support programs’.
- Department of Education
Related sections include :
- Disability Advisory Panel
- Policies - Inclusive
Four documents are listed.
- Schools of Special Educational Needs
Three groups of schools covering multiple disabilities. The Disability listing ‘provides statewide support to schools to support students with disabilities and learning disabilities’. The Sensory grouping ‘provides educational support to students with vision impairment, deafness and deafblindness’.
- Schools Plus
‘A model of informed practice to match educational need to supplementary resourcing support for schools’.
- Special Transport Information
- Statewide Support Services
Multiple sections. Includes Behaviour and Wellbeing.
- What is inclusive classroom
Explanation in response.
- Students with
Catholic Education Office. Enrolment, Support Centres, Support in schools, Transitioning, FAQs.