Education of students with disabilities

Education of students with disabilities

10 December 2002

© Commonwealth of Australia 2002
ISBN 0 642 71205 0

View the report as a single document - (PDF 854KB)

Corrigendum - tabled -  5 March 2003 (PDF 50KB)

View the report as separate downloadable parts:

Membership of the Committee (PDF 76KB)
Terms of reference (PDF 86KB)
Abbreviations/Acronyms (PDF 100KB)
Recommendations (PDF 99KB)
Preface (PDF 140KB)
Chapter 1 - Overview (PDF 182KB)

Conduct of the inquiry
Object of the inquiry
Overview of submissions
Crucial links: parents, principals and teachers
Data and trends: at a glance

Chapter 2 - Defining disability and levels of need (PDF 183KB)

Commonwealth definitions of disability
State and territory definitions of disability
Assessing needs
Lack of national consistency in definitions

Chapter 3 - Integration and inclusion (PDF 184KB)

Variations of inclusion
How inclusive?
Teacher opinion
Inclusion in Queensland
International reports on inclusive education
Parental views and experience
Conclusions and recommendations

Chapter 4 - Dealing with disabilities (PDF 248KB)

Early intervention and diagnosis of disabilities
Problems of managing disability
Transition to work or further study

Chapter 5 - Teacher training and professional development (PDF 211KB)

Teacher training
Professional development
Specialist skill shortages

Chapter 6 - Disabilities and post-secondary education (PDF 182KB)

Outcomes for students in the vocational education and training sector
Assessing the needs of students in universities with disabilities
Meeting technological needs
Professional development and teaching
Funding students needs

Chapter 7 - The disability discrimination ACT and the role of the Commonwealth (PDF 219KB)

The draft disability standards for education
Commonwealth funding for the school sector
Non government support centres

Appendix 1 - List of submissions (PDF 97KB)
Appendix 2 - Hearings and witnesses (PDF 90KB)
Appendix 3 - Documents tabled at hearings (PDF 74KB)
Appendix 4 - Further information (PDF 120KB)
Appendix 5 - State Government funding eligibility criteria (PDF 133KB)
Appendix 6 - Methodology for projected funding for non-Government Schools (PDF 113KB)


For further information, contact:

Committee Secretary
Senate Standing Committee on Education, Employment and Workplace Relations
PO Box 6100
Parliament House
Canberra ACT 2600

Phone: +61 2 6277 3521
Fax: +61 2 6277 5706