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5/06/2020
Policy News

NDS submission: Review of Skills for Victoria's Growing Economy

NDS calls for greater coordination of workforce training initiatives, improved training quality and more support for people with disabilities to gain employment.
News update
28/04/2020
News update

Implementing the Victorian Care Facilities Directions (No 2) in disability residential settings – Your questions answered

The top 5 questions from the NDS Helpdesk regarding the implementation of the Victorian Care Facilities Directions (No 2)
News update
20/04/2020
News update

Disability Act gazettal continues for Victorian residential services


Unless requirements of the Residential Tenancies Act 1996 can be upheld, re-gazetted Victorian group homes will continue to operate under the Disability Act 2006.

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

Education Barriers

21/01/2016

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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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