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The NDCO program has access to a range of local information and resources to support the transition of people with disability.

Please contact your local NDCO if you require further information.
The Education Training and Employment sector has a huge range of acronyms that are at times confusing.  The following is a list of common acronyms that you may find helpful.

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander

Australian Government Plan to Improve Outcomes for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander People with Disability

The Plan outlines actions the Australian Government is and can take to provide sustainable mainstream and disability services, delivered within a cultural framework for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people with disability, their families and carers.

Australian Indigenous HealthInfoNet 

The Australian Indigenous HealthInfoNet is an innovative Internet resource that aims to inform practice and policy in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health by making research and other knowledge readily accessible.

Beyond Blue Resource

Beyond Blue has resources specifically made for people of Aboriginal Torres Strait Islanders decent which can be found at:

First People’s Disability Network (Australia)

The First Peoples Disability Network (Australia) FPDN is the national peak disability organisation representing Aboriginal people with disabilities and their families who aim to be a strong voice of and for Aboriginal people with disabilities and their families.

Get Ready Top Tips Workbooks

On this page you can access our popular Get Ready for Study and Work student workbook and Parent Guide. These resources are based on ten top tips for young people with disability. They contain information, contacts and activities to help students make a successful transition from school into tertiary study, work or post school programs.

The Get Ready for Study and Work student workbook contains practical activities which you can complete electronically. Please save a copy of the workbook to your device before you start working on it.

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Get Ready Workbook

Working Together: Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Mental Health and Wellbeing Principles and Practice

The 2nd Edition of Working Together: Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Mental Health and Wellbeing Principles and Practice is now available in hard copy and online. The editors are Pat Dudgeon, Helen Milroy and Roz Walker.

The book is intended for staff and students and all health practitioners working in areas that support Indigenous mental health and wellbeing. Working Together offers a high quality, comprehensive examination of issues and strategies influencing Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander mental health and social and emotional wellbeing.

Disability and Cultural Diversity

There are a range of influences that impact on career planning for people with disability and diverse perspectives of how disability is viewed within different cultures. When supporting the transition of recent immigrants with disability into tertiary education and employment it may be helpful to gain an understanding of the influence of culture in career planning.
Victoria has a large culturally and linguistically diverse population. At the 2011 Census 26.2% of Victoria’s population were born overseas and 46.8% of Victorians were either born overseas, or have a parent who was born overseas. Victorians come from more than 200 countries, speak 260 languages and dialects and follow 135 religious faiths.” (Victorian Multicultural Commission) “People with a disability from culturally diverse backgrounds have higher reported rates of disability – 22% compared to 18% in the general population” (DHS 2012).
The Ethnic Disability Advocacy Centre (EDAC) recommends that service providers “understand, respect and value cultural diversity” and that they “develop strategies to address additional needs and vulnerabilities arising from people facing double discrimination due to cultural/linguistic difference and disability.” There is a broad range of information available to assist with understanding unique cultural identities. It is important to also understand the individual identity.

Tips for Career Counsellors – PDF
Tips for Career Counsellors – Word
Advocacy Rights and Responsibilities – PDF
Advocacy Rights and Responsibilities – Word
Cultural Tools and Resource Kits – PDF
Cultural Tools and Resource Kits – Word
Peak Bodies and Services – PDF
Peak Bodies and Services – Word

Disability Peak Bodies

In Australia there are several national organisations that represent disability employment service providers and the interests of people with disability, their families and carers.

Blind Citizens Australia

BCA is funded by the Department to be the peak national advocacy body for people who are blind or vision impaired.

BCA Secretariat 

Phone: (03) 9654 1400
Freecall: 1800 033 660
Fax: (03) 9650 3200
TTY Services: reference (03) 9376 9275

Brain Injury Australia

BIA is funded by the Department to be the peak body for people with an acquired brain injury, their families and carers.

Phone: (02) 9591 1094

Mobile: 0417 373 622

Deaf Australia

Deaf Australia is funded by the Department to be the peak body for people who are deaf and use Auslan.

Deaf Australia Secretariat

Phone: (07) 3357 8266
Fax: (07) 3357 8377
TTY Services: reference (07) 3357 8277

Deafness Forum of Australia

DFA is funded by the Department to be the peak body for the deaf and hearing impaired communities (including those people who have a chronic disorder of the ear and those who are DeafBlind).

DFA Secretariat

Phone: (02) 6262 7808
Fax: (02) 6262 7810
TTY Services: reference (02) 6262 7809


Inclusion Australia (NCID)

NCID is funded by the Department to be the peak body for people with intellectual disability and their families.

NCID Secretariat

Phone: (02) 6296 4400
Fax: (02) 6231 7319

National Ethnic Disability Alliance

NEDA is funded by the Department to be the peak body for people from non-English speaking backgrounds with a disability, their families and carers.

NEDA Secretariat

Phone: (02) 9687 8933
Tollfree: 1800 982 182
Fax: (02) 9635 5355
TTY Services: reference (02) 9687 6325

Physical Disability Australia

Physical Disability Australia is funded by the Department to be the peak body for people with physical disability.

Physical Disability Australia Secretariat

Phone: (02) 6567 1500

Women With Disabilities Australia

WWDA is funded by the Department to be the peak body for women with disability in Australia.

WWDA Secretariat
PO Box 605
Phone: (03) 6244 8288
Fax: (03) 6244 8255


The following are a range of useful resources available on line to assist employers

Job Access

JobAccess is a free information and advice service about the employment of people with disability. JobAccess helps people with disability, employers, service providers and the community to access information about services, financial assistance and workplace solutions. You can find useful information about reasonable adjustments, disclosure of disability, disability employment case studies, tools and checklists.

Employ Outside the Box

Employ Outside the Box policy document was developed by ACCI’s EET team, and calls on business to consider Employing Outside the Box when hiring new talent. Hiring someone from beyond the traditional pool of workers isn’t about taking a risk or an act of charity. It makes sense from an economic – and business perspective – to embrace the opportunities offered from diverse workforces, securing future skills and labour, and boosting the nation’s economic prosperity.

In addition to Employ Outside the Box, ACCI have developed a concise, business friendly handbook, outlining the strong business case for recruiting and retaining mature aged workers.

Australian Network on Disability

The Australian Network on Disability (AND) is a not-for-profit organisation resourced by its members to advance the inclusion of people with disability in all aspects of business.  We help our members and clients to welcome people with disability as employees, customers and suppliers.

Workers with Mental Illness: a practical guide for managers

As a manager or employer, Workers with Mental Illness: a Practical Guide for Managers provides you with information on how to appropriately support workers with mental illness. It also provides you with information about how to develop and promote a safe and healthy work environment for all workers

Get Ready for Study and Work

For employers we have some Information Sheets which will make it easier to make decisions and understand your responsibilities when considering working with or employing persons with disabilities.


Students with disabilities the right to participate in educational courses and programs on the same basis as students without disability. This means a person with disability should have access to the same opportunities and choices in their education that are available to a person without disability. The Disability Discrimination Act (DDA) (Cth 1992)  makes it against the law for an educational authority to discriminate against someone because that person has a disability.  This includes all public and private educational institutions, primary and secondary schools, and tertiary institutions such as TAFE, private colleges and universities.
The Disability Standards for Education (Cth 2005) was implemented to make more explicit the obligations of education and training service providers under the Disability Discrimination Act and the rights of people with disability in relation to education and training.

The standards set out in Parts 4 to 8 of the Standards specify how education and training are to be made accessible to students with disabilities. They cover the following areas:

  • enrolment;
  • participation;
  • curriculum development, accreditation and delivery;
  • student support services; and
  • elimination of harassment and victimisation.

 For more information about the DDA Standards for Education go to;

For further information about inclusive educational practice please go to Reasonable Adjustments      

The following  information will take you to external sites

Australian Qualification Training Framework

The Australian Qualifications Framework (commonly known as the AQF) is a unified system of national qualifications in schools, vocational education and training (TAFEs and private providers) and the higher education sector (mainly universities).

The AQF helps all learners, employers and education and training providers to participate and navigate the qualifications system. Under the AQF, you can start at the level that suits you and then build up as your needs and interests develop and change over time. The Framework assists learners to plan their career progression at whatever stage they are within their lives and when they are moving interstate and overseas. In this way, the AQF supports national standards in education and training and encourages lifelong learning.

What are the key objectives of the AQF?
The AQF should:

  • provide nationally consistent recognition of outcomes achieved in post-compulsory education;
  • help with developing flexible pathways which assist people to move more easily between education and training sectors and between those sectors and the labour market by providing the basis for  “rpl” recognition of prior learning, including credit transfer and work and life experience;
  • integrate and streamline the requirements of participating providers, employers and employees, individuals and interested organisations;
  • offer flexibility to suit the diversity of purposes of education and training;
  • encourage individuals to progress through the levels of education and training by improving access to qualifications, clearly defining avenues for achievement, and generally contributing to lifelong learning;
  • encourage the provision of more and higher quality vocational education and training through qualifications that normally meet workplace requirements and vocational needs, thus contributing to national economic performance; and
  • promote national and international recognition of qualifications offered in Australia.

Australian Disability Clearinghouse on Education and Training

In order to facilitate successful outcomes and improve the educational experience for students with disability, ADCET provides information, advice and resources to Disability Practitioners, Teachers and Students on inclusive practices within the post-secondary education sector.

Towards Success in Tertiary Study

Towards Success in Tertiary Study is a resource for all students who are studying or intending to study at tertiary level and includes strategies for students who have a disability.

Staying the Course – A guide to working with Students with mental illness

Inclusive Technologies

Inclusive Technologies allow people to engage with a wide range of adaptive and mainstream technologies to help support all learners regardless of their barriers.

A student’s transition into post-secondary education is often a steep learning curve. Adult learning is mostly self-directed. Students engage with large quantities of written and audio-visual materials, navigating databases, operating software packages and listening to teachers and other students. It is essential to introduce students with disability to user-friendly, reliable technology that meets the demands of a complex learning environment.

Definition of assistive technologies
Computer access devices allow users who have problems using a conventional keyboard or mouse to access the computer. Use of computers and ICT (Information Communications Technology) is now a fundamental part of day- to-day life and accessing the computer can be a significant factor in users’ quality of life.

Listed below are the categories which can be accessed predominately on MS Windows operating systems. Other software and utilities exist for MAC OS and Linux operating

As technology constantly changes and adapts to society’s needs, more resources will be available. Definitions of category:

Software with unlimited use and can be freely installed, copied and distributed

Open Source
Software with unlimited use, can be freely copied and re-engineered and distributed

Development or Beta
Software or devices that are still in the engineering phase and are yet to be classified as finished, fully working or tested products

Trial software that can be used for a limited time period or number of sessions before purchase

Demonstration CD, DVD
Trial software that functions partially or fully for a set time period (e.g. 30 days) or for a pre-determined number of sessions. Users evaluate before commitment and purchase

Commercial Products
Software or devices that are purchased with legal limitations as per use on one or more computers/devices. Software licensing must be adhered to and complied with

Web Flash Movie
Software demonstrations that can be viewed for training or learning purposes

Know your rights

An important responsibility for people with a disability is to understand their rights. In Victoria people with a disability a protected by several legislative requirements. Depending on the issue the legislation that applies can be International, National or State.


The Disability Standards for Education 2005 clarify the obligations of education and training providers, and seek to ensure that students with disability can access and participate in education on the same basis as other students.  The Disability Standards for Education 2005 (the standards) were developed under the Disability Discrimination Act 1992, and came into effect in August 2005. The standards must be reviewed every five years, in consultation with the Attorney-General’s Department.

NDCO Program Disability Standards for Education Website

This website has been designed to help users understand important parts of the Disability Standards for Education. Whether you are a person with disability, an associate of a person with disability, or a person involved in the delivery of education, this website will help you understand some important parts of the Disability Standards for Education. It does not cover the full detail of the Disability Standards for Education, just the more important parts.

The information is provided in three different ways, Auslan, Audio or plain english guide.

‘Your Right to an Education’ is a simple guide to assist both students and professionals to understand how a student with a disability can be supported in an educational setting.
DDA Guide Getting an Education – Australian Human Rights Commission
Disability and Disclosure
Deciding when, how and who to disclose your disability to is a personal decision and there are several issues you may need to want to think about.  There are some helpful resources available.
Choosing Your Path is a website that addresses these challenges for people with a disabilities educators and employers.
If you would like to know more about the rights of people with a disability links to these and other relevant legislation including are available at www.humanrightscommission.

Mental Health Service Information


Supporting people living with mental health conditions to navigate the NDIS will help you understand what the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) is and how it can support people living with a mental health condition. If you live with a mental health condition, you may be able to get NDIS funded support if your mental health condition causes you to experience very high levels of ‘psychosocial disability’.

The Department of Health has a diverse set of responsibilities, but through-out there is a common purpose, which is reflected in our Vision statement: Better health and wellbeing for all Australians.

 Lifeline is a national charity providing all Australians experiencing a personal crisis with access to 24 hour crisis support and suicide prevention services.

Kids Helpline is Australia’s only free, private and confidential, telephone and online counselling service specifically for young people aged between 5 and 25.

 The Suicide Call Back Service is a 24-hour, nationwide service that pro-vides telephone and online counselling to people 15 years and over.

 beyondblue is an independent, not-for-profit organisation working to increase awareness and understanding of anxiety and depression in Aus-tralia and to reduce the associated stigma.

  Youthbeyondblue website We all have good days and bad days. However, if you’re feeling sad, down or anxious and these feelings have started to affect what you would normally enjoy or do, then it’s important to find out what’s going on and what you can do about it.

 KidsMatter has already made a positive difference to the mental health and wellbeing of Australian children and their ability to learn. To help grow health, happy minds find out how you can get involved in KidsMatter to-day.

MindMatters is an Australian Government funded initiative that uses a whole school approach to promote mental health and wellbeing. MindMatters works in three key areas, school ethos and environment, that’s just how the school works, curriculum – how and what you learn and partnerships with com-munity and family to extend support.

Orygen Youth Health (OYH) is a world leading youth mental health organi-sation based in Melbourne, Australia, with a specialised youth mental health clinical service, internationally renowned research centre and integrated training and communications program.

Featuring: This CD of relaxation exercises has been created by Orygen Youth Health to help young people chill out during difficult times. You can purchase the CD from the Online Store or follow the instructions below to download the audio files.

 Headspace is the National Youth Mental Health foundation. We help young people who are going through a tough time.

 headspace School Support is an initiative funded by the Federal Govern-ment, Department of Health and Ageing, that provides localised support to secondary schools affected by a suicide.

myrollercoaster is a program of Uniting Care Goulburn North East UCGNE). *Get info on Grief and Loss

*Place to share your experiences

*Free Counselling and support

*What’s happening in Wang?

 Living Is For Everyone (LIFE) is a world-class suicide and self-harm prevention resource.

 mindhealthconnect brings Australia’s leading mental health providers together in one place – allowing you to find mental health information you can trust. Start now with the guided search, website search or Topics A-Z to take those first positive steps towards a healthier and happier you.

Children of Parents with a Mental Illness Information for young people about mental illness – including how to cope, how to get support, and what you can do to help your parent when they’re unwell.

 The National Eating Disorders Collaboration (NEDC) brings research, expertise and evidence from leaders in the field together in one place. It’s a one stop portal to make eating disorders information a lot more accessible for everyone.

 The Black Dog Institute is a world leader in the diagnosis, treatment and prevention of mood disorders such as depression and bipolar disorder. is Australia’s leading online youth mental health service, where you can get the help you need, where and when you need it.

 SANE Australia is a national charity helping all Australians affected by mental illness lead a better life – through campaigning, education and research.

 Free APP’s – just a sample…

Mental Health ‘WATS’ 

This Application aims to provide information on mental health in an in-teractive and user friendly way. This app includes information on differ-ent mental health issues, a video, activities and support contacts, and aims to reduce the stigma associated with mental health.

Everyone has mental health, whether it be good or bad, and the more we can talk about it and understand it, the more we can help those with mental health issues.

 3D Brain 

Use your touch screen to rotate and zoom around the interactive brain structures. Discover how each brain region functions, what happens when it is in-jured, and how it is involved in mental illness.

 Smiling Mind 

Smiling Mind is a unique web and App-based program developed by a team of psychologists with expertise in youth and adolescent therapy, Mindfulness Meditation and web-based wellness programs. Smiling Mind is a free tool that will assist in improving the lives of young people, and is available online or as a smartphone App

The Checkin App,

beyondblue’s idea for App Aid, The Checkin App, was sparked from a current project at beyondblue, called Having the Conversation. The app aims at giving young people the skills to have conversations with their friends about mental health.

Download WORD

Download PDF

National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS)

The NDIS is being introduced by region in Victoria. This means that in some parts of the state the NDIS is already available, while in others it has yet to begin.The NDIS will become available in all regions of Victoria by 2019.

Upcoming rollout areas:

  • From March 2018, the NDIS will become available in the Hume Moreland Region
  • From April 2018, the NDIS will become available in the Bayside Peninsula area of Melbourne.

To find out how if the NDIS is currently available in the region where you live, go to either NDIS in metropolitan Melbourne map or NDIS in regional Victoria.

To find out how to access the NDIS, go to Accessing the NDIS, or visit your nearest NDIS office.

For further information about the NDIS please go to the NDIS website.

To see if you are eligible:  or call 1800 800 110.

Local Area Coordinator (LAC)

The LAC Services role is to assist people with disability, their families and carers to build and pursue their goals for a good life, exercise choice and control and engage with the Scheme;  The LAC works to ensure that people with disability can be supported outside the Scheme by working with communities and mainstream services to build awareness and to become more inclusive of the range of needs and aspirations of the needs of with disability; The LAC support participants of the Scheme to navigate and optimise their engagement with the scheme and to promote opportunities for people with disability.

Local Area Coordination

For most people, a Local Area Coordinator (LAC) will be your main contact point for the NDIS.

We have partnered with the following organisations to deliver LAC services in Victoria:

If you are interested in working as an LAC you can find details about available positions by visiting our Partners website recruitment pages:

NDIS and Partners in the Community office locations including the Early childhood early intervention services are on Our Locations page.

NDIS Teacher Resources


Reasonable Adjustment

Reasonable adjustments (also referred to as ‘accommodations’) refer to the support provided by tertiary institutions for students with a disability or health condition to ensure equal access to teaching and learning. Reasonable adjustments are referred to in the Disability Discrimination Act 1992 and the Commonwealth Disability Standards for Education 2005. States and Territories may also have their own legislation such as ACT Discrimination Act 1991. Tertiary institutions also align their commitment to reasonable adjustments with their own Disability Action Plans.
Useful Resources

Reasonable Adjustment in teaching, learning and assessment for learners with Disability

Sourcing Alternative Format Material

Information access is an essential requirement for all tertiary students. For those with a print disability, the access to essential and additional reading materials can be inhibited due to the difficulties in sourcing relevant and timely alternative format materials.

It is understood that only 5% of the world’s printed information is available in an alternative format. For this reason, individuals requiring alternative format material are dependant on its transcription through their own means or that of an external service such as a University.

Students requiring alternative formats due to a print disability include:

  • A person with blindness or low vision

  • A person unable to hold or manipulate books or to focus or move their eyes

  • A person with a perceptual disability

Alternative formats include:

  • Audio (Including cassette, CD, mp3, DAISY – Digital Accessible Information System)

  • Braille

  • Electronic (including html, Word, PDF)

  • Large Print (recommended size 16 / sans serif font such as Arial)

Electronic format is increasingly becoming the most common format for accessible material to be provided in. This is due to the emerging technologies allowing the manipulation of electronic text to enable accessibility for a wide range of needs. Technology enabling access for students with disabilities includes:

  • JAWS screen reading software

  • Refreshable Braille display

  • MAGIC magnification software

  • WYNN software

  • Read and Write Gold

  • Dolphin Easy Converter

There is also an increasingly wide range of free ware and low cost alternatives allowing the manipulation of electronic text into alternative formats.

Sourcing alternative format material

Revised reasonable adjustment guide now available
Recent legislative changes have prompted updates to the vocational education and training (VET) guidelines for reasonable adjustment. Based on these changes as well as feedback from VET practitioners, we have recently updated the Reasonable adjustment in teaching, learning and assessment: A guide for VET practitioners.

This guide is used widely by VET practitioners to make reasonable adjustment for learners with disability. Teachers, trainers, tutors, disability practitioners and educational managers can apply the strategies and measures outlined in the guide to ensure learners with disability are not disadvantaged when undertaking training or undergoing assessment.

As part of this update, we have streamlined the guidelines; updated legislative references, including copyright based on the December 2017 legislative changes; and outlined the interface of VET supports and the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS).

Check out the latest revision of the guide.

Scholarships and Grants


Scholarships are a great way to supplement the costs of education and there are a number of scholarships available for students with disability studying in Victoria.

As scholarships are constantly being developed and reviewed it is suggested you regularly review the following websites for up to date information:

Good University Guide

There are currently more than 3000 scholarships available to Australian students, across both the higher education and vocational sectors. Scholarships can cover an array of costs from tuition fees to living and accommodation costs, our advice is to investigate your options early on as the amount of information to get through and applications to fill can be overwhelming.


Grant Connect

Australia Council for the Arts – Grants & Initiatives

Find a Grant

State Trustees Grants

Further useful links

The Australian Disability Clearinghouse on Education and Training (ADCET) provides information about inclusive teaching and support services for people with disability in the postsecondary education and training sector. has been developed specifically as an information guide, resource kit and referral source for people with disabilities who are in their final years of school, who are about to commence or are undertaking vocational education and training (VET) studies, or university studies, or have recently graduated from one of these pathways.

NDIS Teacher resources and information about post school options to assist their students’ transition from school.

This be used in conjunction with the relevant Education Department’s current policy, guidelines and practice. It is not the intention to provide additional work, but rather assist teachers in identifying useful relevant resources for students who are considering the post school options, including accessing the NDIS.  School Leaver Employment Supports (SLES) is an NDIS funded post school support which aims to build capacity for school leavers with a disability, but this is only one option. Below is a list of links that you can access for more information as well as share with your students and their families.

NDIS information:

Guide to being an NDIS participant

The key roles of Local Area Coordinators (LACs), and where to find your Local Area Coordination service.

A workbook to help participants start thinking about things they might discuss in an NDIS planning meeting.

Explains how planners use the NDIS Act to determine what types of supports will or will not be funded.

Explains the responsibilities and processes involved in self-managing an NDIS budget.

How to start using NDIS funded supports, understand budget management options, make payments, and engage with providers.

School Leaver Employment Supports (SLES) information:

A basic infographic that explains what SLES is and the types of supports students can receive with SLES funding.

A printable resources that explains SLES in plain English for participants

Frequently Asked Questions about SLES.

To assist with finding the right provider to help participants achieve their employment goals.

To help planners or LACs understand how to best support participants to achieve their goals.

An infographic that shows various pathway options for students leaving school, NDIS fund reasonable and necessary (R&N) employment supports in Community Participation (CP), School Leaver employment Supports (SLES) and Australian Disability Enterprise (ADE)

Other useful links to help families:

Further information about post school programs and supports outside of the NDIS.

A flowchart of pathway options for secondary students, a Ticket To Work resource.

How a DES (a mainstream service) can help, what types of services there are, and how to register.

Guidelines for DES Eligible School Leavers program.

Information about what ADEs are, their background, and their future.

NDCO have developed a collection of disability type specific NDIS pre-planning resources for people with disability entering Higher Education or Vocational Education and Training, designed to be used before starting a tertiary course at university or with a vocational education and training provider. These booklets will help participants identify what supports they may need, who is responsible for providing them, and how to access them.