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Education is a key issue for children and young people with disability. Education reform continues to be a central focus of the work of CYDA. Continual advocacy is undertaken regarding the current experiences, challenges and needs of students with disability. It is essential that the direct experience of students and families informs the reform process.
The Australian Government has confirmed its intention to introduce a funding loading for students with disability. The design of the loading is still being determined. This is occurring through a range of work including the National Consistent Collection of Data - School Students with Disabilities (NCCD).
In October 2014, the Council of Australian Governments (COAG) Education Council announced that the data collected through the NCCD to date “is not yet of sufficient quality to provide the information required to inform funding arrangements for students with a disability.” Information provided in a Senate Estimates hearing in February 2016 stated that the data is currently being examined by an independent review and will be considered by the Education Council in an upcoming meeting. The interim disability loading has been extended to 2016 prior to the development of the permanent loading.
In December 2016, the COAG Education Council released a report containing the 2015 NCCD results. The report noted that the quality of data can be improved and that results for different states should not be directly compared. The report is available here.
Specific information relevant to students with disability is provided in the links below.
Australian Education Act 2013
Australian Parliament Quick Guide to Key Internet Links
Disability Standards for Education
More Support for Students with Disabilities National Partnerships (MSSD)
Nationally Consistent Collection of Data on Students with Disabilities
Students First Agenda