We plan to determine whether DET’s Disability Inclusion program provides reasonable adjustments that allow students with disability to access and participate in education on the same basis as students without disability.
Why this is important
Approximately 1 in 5 Victorian school students have disability. Historically, students with disability have completed school at significantly lower rates than their peers. Only 44 per cent of Australians with disability aged 15 years and over have completed year 12 or equivalent, compared to 65 per cent of the wider population.
The 2005 Australian Disability Standards for Education require all Australian schools to make reasonable adjustments, in consultation with students and parents, to ensure that students with disability can access and participate in education on the same basis as their peers. It is DET’s responsibility to support schools to provide reasonable adjustments for students.
Our 2012 engagement, Programs for Students with Special Learning Needs, and DET’s 2016 Review of the Program for Students with Disabilities, found deficiencies in how DET funds and delivers school disability supports. DET is now implementing major funding and service delivery reform through its Disability Inclusion program, which will progressively replace its existing Program for Students with Disabilities.
What we plan to examine
In this reasonable assurance performance audit, we will determine whether the new program is supporting the reasonable adjustments that students with disability need to access and participate in education on the same basis as students without disability.
We propose to scope DET and a selection of government schools into this engagement.