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Throughout 2020, the Department of Education, Skills and Employment conducted the 2020 Review of the Disability Standards for Education 2005 (the Standards).
The aim of the Review was to test if the Standards are effective in supporting students with disability to access and participate in education on the same basis as students without disability, and whether any improvements to the Standards should be made.
The Hon Alan Tudge MP, Minister for Education and Youth, released the final report on 12 March 2021. The final report makes 13 recommendations which reflect 4 reform directions:
- empowering and supporting students with disability and their families
- strengthening the knowledge and capability of educators and providers
- embedding accountability for the Standards throughout the education system
- building awareness and capability in the early childhood education and care sector.
The Australian Government will work closely with state and territory governments and education authorities to implement the recommendations. Changes will be made with help and advice from people with disability and educators. This will include and Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people with disability.
The Government has committed to publicly reporting each year on progress against implementing the Review’s recommendations.
- To find out more about how the Review was conducted, visit the consultations page.
- To read the Review’s final report, visit the final report page.
- To read a summary of the Review and its recommendations, visit the summary document page. The summary document outlines how the Review was undertaken, what the Review found and what it recommends. It is available in Auslan, Easy Read, and 11 community languages.
- To read submissions to the Review, visit the submissions page.