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NDS State Budget Submission 2019-20 focuses on sustainability and community

NDS’ submission identifies two priorities: to support a sustainable, innovative disability sector; and to continue to build an inclusive Victorian community.
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Feedback invited on Disability Act 2006 review

NDS is seeking feedback on the Victorian Government's review of the Disability Act 2006.
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Employment initiatives for people with disability gather momentum

NDS is pleased that the government's renewed emphasis on assisting people with disability to gain and retain employment continues to build momentum.

Senate Committee report finds extensive barriers to the education of students with disability

Education Barriers


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  • Find out the impact of splitting funding and policy responsibilities across governments and across sectors within the schooling system
  • Read the recommendations for improved teacher education on disability matters and professional development for all in the school sysytem
  • Understand the impact of the growing number of Australian school pupils with autism
  • Find out why there has been an increase in the number of children being diagnosed and why the rates of autism vary across the country

Despite a range of Federal Government initiatives over recent years, the education of students with disability lags well behind that of their peers. This is the overwhelming message from the Senate Education and Employment References Committee report on the impact of policy, funding and culture on students with disability.

Education funding and policy are responsibilities shared and split across governments and across sectors within the schooling system. This contributes to the variability of practices across Australia and a lack of transparency about how funding for the education of students with disability is spent within school systems.

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