Department of Education

Department of Education

The Australian Government Department of Education is responsible for national policies and programs that help Australians access quality and affordable child care, early childhood education, school education, post-school, higher education, international education and academic research.

Higher Education Disability Support Program
The Disability Support Program provides funding to eligible higher education providers to undertake activities that assist in removing barriers to access for students with disabilities.

Additional Support for Students with Disabilities (ASSD)
The objectives of the ASSD component of the program are to:

  • Provide funding to eligible higher education providers to assist with the high costs incurred in providing educational support and/or equipment to students with disabilities to enable them to participate in higher education; and
  • Encourage efficient and effective use of equipment and education resources to support students with disability.

Eligible higher education providers can apply for reimbursement of their ASSD expenses incurred in the 2013 calendar year using the application form provided by the Department in early 2014.

Performance-based Disability Support Funding
The objective of the Performance-based Disability Support Funding component of the Disability Support Program is to encourage higher education providers to implement strategies to attract and support students with disabilities.

For further information, see the Other Grants Guidelines (Education) 2012 or email [email protected].

The Australian Disability Clearinghouse on Education & Training (ADCET)
The Australian Government provides funding under the Higher Education Disability Support Program to maintain the Australian Disability Clearinghouse on Education and Training (ADCET) website, currently hosted by the University of Tasmania. This site provides information and other resources designed to promote inclusive practices for people with a disability.

National Disability Coordination Officer Program (NDCO)
The National Disability Coordination Officer (NDCO) Program replaced and expanded the Regional Disability Liaison Officer Program (formerly a component of the Higher Education Disability Support program) and the Disability Coordination Officer Program.

The NDCO Program funds a national network of coordination officers who provide information, coordination and referral services for people with a disability who are interested in, or enrolled in, post-school education and training.

This information has been sourced from the Department of Education Website and was current at time of publication.