Discussion paper

The Disability Standards for Education 2005 clarify and elaborate the legal obligations of education authorities and providers to students with disability, across all educational settings in Australia, from preschool to higher education.

As part of its submission to the 2020 Review of the Disability Standards for Education 2005, the National Centre for Student Equity in Higher Education (NCSEHE) outlined a series of recommendations to enhance the impact of the standards on the participation and success of students with disability in Australian higher education.

This discussion paper expands on the NCSEHE’s submission. It examines issues that the Standards were developed to address, including: institutional responses to disability; the identification of disability; curriculum development, accreditation and delivery; student support services; and harassment and victimisation.

The NCSEHE’s response reflects its core purpose and activities, which are focused on enhancing the participation, success and outcomes of equity students in Australian higher education. In doing so, it recognises the broader context in which universities operate and acknowledges higher education’s interdependence with other educational settings and the Australian community.

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