We might not be able to fund all the supports you need for work or study. Some supports you need for your disability might not be our responsibility to fund and may be better funded or provided through:
Under the law, the place you work or study is responsible for providing you with a safe place to work or study. They should make changes to remove any barriers that stop you from being able to work or study at that place. This is to help you to take part in education, or do your work, on the same basis as someone without a disability. These responsibilities are called ‘reasonable adjustments’.
Reasonable adjustments include support and changes that will help you:
We can’t fund supports that should be provided by your employer, school, university or training provider under reasonable adjustment.
We can help you work out where to get the help you need. Talk to your Support Coordinator, Local Area Coordinator (LAC) or planner for more information.
We think about whether we would usually expect family, friends or others in the community to provide the kind of supports you need.
This includes thinking about the different supports that would usually be provided by family and friends at different ages. For example, we might expect a parent to help a small child get settled at the start of the school day but this would not usually be the case for an older child at high school, or an adult at TAFE or university.
We generally expect families to provide their primary or secondary school aged children general help with homework, or getting to and from school. This is the same for all children, even if they don’t have a disability.
We don’t expect family or friends to provide personal care in the workplace or at school, because this isn’t something people would usually do. More information about personal care in the workplace is available here What work supports do we fund?
You might need different work or study supports at different times in your life. For example, you might start thinking about work as you reach working age, during or at the end of school. We can fund different supports for your work and study now and in the future.
A great starting point for information about work is our booklet Let’s Talk About Work .
We can fund extra support you need at school due to your disability. These are supports that are not primarily related to your education and learning and beyond what the school is responsible for.
Your school will fund anything that is part of your education and learning. They must also provide reasonable adjustment for your disability.
For example, the school is responsible for making adjustments or changes to your study resources so that information is provided in a way that you will understand.
They are also responsible for making sure you can get into and around your school.
The school should also make sure you have the same opportunities as other students to fully participate in class and other school activities.
We can fund special training for your teachers about your individual disability support needs. We can also fund other supports you need due to your disability.
You might see personal care in school included in your plan. This is for things like helping you go to the toilet, eating or drinking. These supports are funded differently and you don’t need to pay for them out of your plan. We refer to this as ‘in-kind’. Learn more about personal care in schools .
We might be able to fund transport to and from school if you can’t catch the bus because of your disability, or if we wouldn’t expect your family to take you. Student transport is funded through in-kind arrangements and provided by your state or territory government.
This arrangement will remain in place until 2023, and we are working with other governments on how school transport supports will work after this date. You don’t need to pay for transport costs out of your plan. Your pre-paid transport supports will appear on your plan to show that you get that support. Learn more about school transport .
Even though you are at school, you might want help to find or keep a part-time job outside of school hours. If you need this extra help because of your disability, we might be able to fund support to help you build skills to get a job. This might include things like working in a team, staying on task or learning to catch the bus or train.
Work experience as part of your school curriculum is the responsibility of your school. But if you need extra supports because of your disability to be able to do work experience, we may be able to help with that.
You might also have an opportunity to do a school based traineeship, where you combine school, study and work. We can’t fund supports that are the responsibility of your employer, school or traineeship provider. But if there are extra disability related supports you need, we might be able to fund those to help you successfully complete your traineeship.
Your Support Coordinator, Local Area Coordinator (LAC) or planner can give you more information about these supports.
We usually don’t fund things like:
Leaving school is a big step in your life. It’s important to think about your work goals during your last few years of school and as you get close to the end of school.
School Leaver Employment Supports can help you get ready for work when you leave school. They can give you the chance to test different types of work, learn how to follow work tasks or how to behave at work.
School Leaver Employment Supports might be right for you if:
School Leaver Employment Supports has more information on employment supports for when you leave school
We usually fund School Leaver Employment Supports if you:
We fund School Leaver Employment Supports in the Capacity Building – Employment budget.
We can consider funding the extra supports you need at university, TAFE, during an apprenticeship or other training because of your disability. The supports should allow you to go about your daily activities. This might include:
We don’t fund supports your university or TAFE need to provide as a ‘reasonable adjustment’, or anything as part of usual teaching. We also don’t fund things everyone has to pay for themselves.
This means we don’t fund:
You should talk to your Support Coordinator, LAC or planner about help available in your local area. There are lots of different support programs available and many universities have mentors and other help to support students with disability.