New advisory group on students with disability

New advisory group on students with disability

New advisory group on students with disability

A new Schools Disability Advisory Council will provide advice to the Commwealth Government on how to provide more support and better services for students with disability.

Minister for School Education Peter Garrett and Parliamentary Secretary for Disabilities and Carers Senator Jan McLucas made the announcement in Sydney during a forum with 65 stakeholders from the disability and education sectors.

“We want all kids to have access to a great education, including kids with disability. For that to happen, it’s vital for us to have feedback from those closest to young people with disabilities in schools around the country – parents, carers, teachers and principals,” Mr Garrett said.

Other initiatives discussed at the forum today include:

  • The $200 million More Support for Students with Disability initiative, announced by the Prime Minister in this year’s Budget, with funds to be available to schools next year;
  • The development of a nationally consistent definition of disability, which will give Governments a better understanding of current and future needs in the education system; and
  • The Australian Government Review of School Funding, chaired by David Gonski, which is examining the funding support provided to schools working with students with disability.

Read the Minister's media release here

Read the Liberal Party's response here

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