Equity Services

Students with Disabilities Program

The Students With Disabilities (SWD) program is a State government funded program that aims to support the education of students with disabilities in non-state schools. Funds are used centrally through diocesan offices and at the school level to support students with disabilities to access the curriculum.

Students with disability who are eligible for support under the program are those who meet the Queensland criteria used by all three education sectors including students with:

  • Autistic Spectrum Disorder, Hearing Impairment, Intellectual Disability, Physical Impairment, Speech Language  Impairment and Visual Impairment.

An additional category of disability for support in Catholic schools is for students identified with Social Emotional Disorder.

The Education Adjustment Program (EAP) is a process for identifying and responding to the educational needs of students with disabilities. Adjustments are made for students with disabilities to enable them to access the curriculum, achieve curriculum outcomes and participate in school life.

The Department of Education and Training (DET) has an agreement with the non-state sectors that students attending non-state schools can access the EAP verification services and/or Advisory Visiting teachers (AVT) services provided by DET in the categories of hearing, physical and/or vision impairment. The following flowchart and forms have been developed for principals of non-sate schools to request that a student’s information record in OneSchool accurately reflect the enrolment details at their school:

  1. Flowchart – Information to create a record in OneSchool for students with disability from a non-state school accessing a DET service.
  2. Information to create a record in OneSchool for students with disability from a non-state school accessing a DET service – To proceed with verification, a student record must be created in the Adjustment Information Management System in OneSchool (AIMS in OneSchool)
  3. Updating a OneSchool record for a student with disability enrolled in a non-state school accessing a DET service– To request changes to a student’s record in OneSchool

Education Support Funding Program

The purpose of Education Funding Support Program (ESFP) funding is to support Catholic schools enhance educational outcomes for eligible students who live in out-of-home care (OOHC). Assistance under the ESFP must be linked to goals identified through the Education Support Planning (ESP) process and should be based upon an assessment of the student’s educational needs and participating in educational activities. Principals are responsible for ensuring an ESP is developed within one month of notification that a student is eligible for ESFP funding. A checklist outlines the actions for principals to undertake if a student living in out-of-home care enrols at their school.

Assistance provided through the ESFP must consider the best practice strategies, programs and initiatives that will have a positive impact on the achievement of educational outcomes for students in OOHC. ESFP funding should supplement the services and programs already provided by schools to support the academic, social and emotional needs of all students, including access to guidance officers and chaplains.

For information about ESFP refer to the QCEC Implementation Guidelines.

Contingency Funding

QCEC maintains a portion of ESFP funds to be accessed by Catholic schools to meet short-term, unanticipated needs of students living in out-of-home care who are eligible for an Education Support Plan.  Contingency funding is approved and administered by QCEC.

Schools must read the QCEC Guidelines for contingency funding prior to applying to QCEC for contingency funding to ensure criteria is met. Schools apply for contingency funding using the QCEC Contingency Funding Application Form where it is assessed on its merit. Contingency funding is paid to the relevant Catholic school authority for distribution not to the school making the application.

Nationally Consistent Collection of Data on Schools Students with Disability

The implementation of a nationally consistent approach to collecting data on school students with disability will provide all Australian schools, education authorities and the community with information about the number of students with disability and the level of adjustment provided for them to participate in schooling. For further
information visit the factsheet.

For more information: QCEC Factsheet – Nationally Consistent Collection of Data on School Students with Disability

Positive Partnerships: supporting school aged students on the autism spectrum

Positive Partnerships delivers the two components of the Helping Children with Autism package being implemented by the Australian government. The project aim to improve the educational outcomes for school age students with an autism spectrum disorder (ASD) both online and through face-to-face training and workshops in rural and regional  areas around Australia for teachers and parents/carers.

Support for VET students

For information about subsidies for students with special needs visit the QCEC VET forms  web page.