Schools, Disability and the Law
Schools and their staff are bound by various laws in their daily work. In addition to these, special laws exist to ensure that students with a disability access and participate in education on the same basis as a student without a disability. Schools are required to make reasonable adjustments to the ways that they organise for enrolment, learning, assessment and other activities. Schools must also ensure that students with a disability participate in their education in an environment which is free from harassment and victimisation.
This obligation exists for all students with a disability, regardless of whether they are funded under the Program for Students with a Disability.
Click here to access a booklet which provides information for students, families and educators in plain English about the Disability Standards for Education. For more information about the requirements that schools and teachers must meet, refer to the Disability Standards for Education 2005 and the Equal Opportunity Act 2010. For more information about the Disability Standards for Education, click here.
Victorian government schools and their employees are required to make sure that their decisions and actions are compatible with the Charter of Human Rights and Responsibilities. For more information about the Charter, you can click here.