Schools can refer students for assessments to help them find out if a student is eligible to apply for support under the
Program for Students with Disabilities.
The assessment categories are:
- intellectual disability
- severe language disorder with critical educational needs.
Cognitive and language assessments for these two categories must be completed through the service.
All assessments are carried out by qualified and fully registered psychologists and speech pathologists.
Assessments Australia is contracted to conduct these assessments on our behalf.
Referring a student for assessment
If the school believes a student may have an intellectual disability or severe language disorder with critical educational needs, they should make a referral to Assessments Australia.
Before contacting the assessment service, the school needs to have verbal permission to discuss the student from their parent/carer(s). It is also necessary to have the relevant student information, such as the student’s history and current needs, on hand.
If there is sufficient evidence to suggest a student may fall into one of the categories of intellectual disability or severe language disorder with critical educational needs, Assessments Australia will send the school a referral pack.
For details about the referral process and the steps involved, see
Applying for a cognitive or language assessment through the PSD Assessment Service
If the referral proceeds to assessment, an assessor will get in touch with the school.
The school must contact the student's parent/carer(s) to tell them when the assessment is scheduled to take place, and invite them to attend.
Following the assessment, the assessor will give written reports and feedback to the school and the student's parent/carer(s).
For information about referrals, see:
For information about the roles and responsibilities of Assessments Australia, schools and
student support services in the assessment of students for the Program for Students with Disabilities, see:
Program for Students with Disabilities - Roles and responsibilities in the assessment process (docx - 1.73mb)