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Living with Deafblindness

Understanding Your Rights

Eligible education providers have access to funding through the Australian Government’s Higher Education Disability Support Program to support students with disabilities from enrolment and through their studies in higher education.

Accessing Further Education

Educational establishments are governed by the Commonwealth Disability Standards for Education 2005 providing equal rights for post school options for students with disabilities (aged 15 to 64) to access education and training, ensuring they do not experience discrimination based on disability. The Standards place education and training service providers under obligation to meet the requirements of the DDA 1992.

The Higher Education Support Act 2003 – Other Grants Guidelines (Education) 2012 outlines grant programs for students accessing post school education and training options.

When considering further education students should be accessing advice and support of the Disability Services in the training establishment. Access to advice, support and grants for equipment to support them through transition into studies at higher education facilities such as TAFE, Universities or Registered Training Organisations (RTO’s) may be possible through the Higher Education Disability Support Program which consists of:

Through the National Disability Coordination Officer (NDCO) Program there is a network of coordination officers responsible for provision of information, coordinating services for people with disability who are enrolled or considering enrolling in further education/training.

Direct Support

The following are examples of support that may be considered that would directly assist students with disabilities in their studies:

  • sign-language interpreters.
  • course materials/lecture notes made available in alternative formats such as Braille or large print.
  • making course materials/lecture notes accessible for use with technology such as screen reading /scanning /Braille transcription software or audio formats.
  • tutorial support (additional tutoring).
  • note taker/scribe support.
  • assistance during examinations/assessments (at a separate location with extra invigilators as appropriate).
  • provision of equipment or assistive technology such as adaptive software and/or computer equipment, communication device, specialist tape-recording or digital voice recording devices.

Pensioner Education Supplement

Financial assistance may also be available to support part-time or full-time study on secondary or tertiary courses that may improve employment opportunities for people with disabilities who are in receipt of Centrelink pensions. Read more here


Access to some financial assistance may be possible to support Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders who are Australian citizens and normally living in Australia to study on an approved course or take on an apprenticeship. Telephone 132 317 for further information or to lodge a claim. Lodge a claim here