Disability Inclusion: increased support for students with disabilities

The Victorian Government is investing more than $1.6 billion in Disability Inclusion. Disability Inclusion will change the way students with disability are supported in government schools, to ensure every student at every ability can thrive at school and in life.

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What Disability Inclusion will deliver

Disability Inclusion will increase support for students with disability through the following measures.

Disability Inclusion Profile

The profile is a new strengths-based process to help schools and families identify:

  • the student's strengths and needs
  • the educational adjustments schools can make to help students with disability.

Key people who understand the student’s education and support needs will complete the profile together. This includes:

  • the student
  • their family
  • school staff and others, as appropriate.

A newly created facilitator role will help schools and families work together through the new approach.

Tiered funding model

Disability Inclusion introduces a new tiered funding model for students with disability with additional funding for schools to help students with disability take part in their education on the same basis as their peers.

The new model is based on a structured approach to funding which considers the diverse needs of students with disability.

The model will form part of the Student Resource Package.

Investment in building skills and knowledge in inclusive education

Disability Inclusion introduces new initiatives to help build knowledge and skills in inclusive education across the school system.

The initiatives will increase access to:

  • specialist expertise
  • coaching
  • professional learning
  • evidence-based guidance and resources
  • scholarships for school staff.

Investment in implementation and disability support roles in regions

New disability support roles and dedicated teams will be introduced to help schools in implementing Disability Inclusion.

Delivering Disability Inclusion

From the middle of 2021, Victorian government schools and families will benefit from resources, support and guidance through Disability Inclusion.

The new tiered funding model and the Disability Inclusion Profile will be introduced through staged roll-out over the next five years.

Year 1 (2021)

  • Bayside Peninsula (SE-M)
  • Barwon (SW-R)
  • Loddon Campaspe (NW-R)

For schools in these three Areas, current processes under the Program for Students with Disabilities (PSD) will remain unchanged until Term 4, 2021.  We'll provide advice on how to manage current and potential applications for the PSD in early 2021.

The PSD process will remain unchanged for schools in all other Areas in 2021.

Year 2 (2022)

  • Outer Eastern Melbourne (NE-M)
  • Central Highlands(SW-R)
  • Mallee (NW-R)

Year 3 (2023)

  • Inner Gippsland (SE-R)
  • Ovens Murray (NE-R)
  • Western Melbourne (SW-M)

Year 4 (2024)

  • North Eastern Melbourne (NW-M)
  • Southern Melbourne (SE-M)
  • Brimbank Melton (SW-M)
  • Goulburn (NE-R)

Year 5 (2025)

  • Hume Moreland (NW-M)
  • Outer Gippsland (SE-R)
  • Wimmera South West (SW-R)
  • Inner Eastern Melbourne (NE-M)

Consultation

Stakeholders, including schools, families and students with disability, will be consulted throughout the roll-out to make sure that the new approach meets needs and expectations.

Contact us

For general enquiries about the Inclusion Education reform, email disability.inclusion@education.vic.gov.au