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SDA Update and Overview Resource

NDS has released an overview for SDA Providers of the complex regulatory environment and invites members to join an online SDA reference group.
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NDS calls for delay of Portable Long Service Scheme for community services sector

In its submission to government, NDS argues that the continuing confusion around the Portable Long Service Scheme means a delay is necessary.
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Portable Long Service Scheme to cover all disability services

Draft regulations for the scheme, which originally excluded NDIS-funded activity, include all disability services from 1 January 2020.

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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