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Legislation, principles and policies

Federal legislation

Australian Disability Discrimination Act 1992 (DDA)

The Australian Disability Discrimination Act (DDA) makes it unlawful for a tertiary education institution to discriminate against a person with a disability on the grounds of disability. The DDA specifically includes learning disability in its definition of disability. Read more

Australian Human Rights Commission

The Australian Human Rights Commission can investigate complaints of discrimination, harassment and bullying based on a person's disability. This includes temporary and permanent disabilities; physical, intellectual, sensory, psychiatric disabilities, diseases or illnesses; medical conditions; work related injuries; past, present and future disabilities; and association with a person with a disability. Read more

Disability Standards for Education 2005

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 students without disability.

The Disability Standards for Education 2005 (The Standards) were developed under the Disability Discrimination Act 1992 and came into effect in August 2005.

In 2020, the Department of Education, Skills and Employment undertook the third review of the Standards on behalf of the Minister for Education. For more information, see the 2020 Review page.

Here you will find the Review’s final report, as well as a short summary document that outlines how the Review was undertaken, what the Review found and what it recommends. This summary document is available in Auslan, Easy Read, and 11 community languages.

The Australian Government will work closely with state and territory governments and education authorities to implement recommendations. Changes will be made with help and advice from people with disability and educators. This will include and Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people with disability. The Government will keep the community up to date about progress on these changes.

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