Program for Students with Disabilities

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Purpose of this policy

To support the inclusion of students with moderate to severe disabilities in government schools.


The Department is committed to delivering an inclusive education system that ensures all students have access to a quality education that meets their needs. The Department provides a range of policies, programs and resources for schools to support the delivery of high quality schooling for all students, including students with disabilities.

The Program for Students with Disabilities is a targeted supplementary funding program for Victorian government schools.  It provides resources to schools for a defined population of students with disabilities, with moderate to severe needs, who meet criteria for one of seven program categories: 

  • physical disability
  • visual impairment
  • severe behaviour disorder
  • intellectual disability
  • hearing impairment
  • autism spectrum disorder
  • severe language disorder with critical educational needs. 

Under the program, resources are provided directly to Victorian government schools to support the provision of school-based educational program for eligible students with disabilities.  Program resources assist schools to meet their obligations under the Disability Discrimination Act 1992; they do not define or limit the support provided by a school for a student with a disability.

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Other resources

  • For more information on the Victorian Certificate of Education and Victorian Certificate of Applied Learning specifically Section 7 – Satisfactory Completion of Units and Section 11 - Special Provision see:  VCAA’s VCE and VCAL Administrative Handbook.