Education and skills

Education is about gaining the knowledge and skills a person needs to participate in all aspects of daily life. Having a higher level of education generally results in better employment outcomes and higher income—key factors in economic security and independence.

While 89% of school-age (5–18 years) children with disability go to school, and many people with disability are undertaking further study, some face challenges engaging in education. This is reflected in the overall lower levels of educational attainment for people with disability.

This domain looks at the participation of people with disability in education, their level of educational attainment, and their educational needs.

Disability Standards for Education

The Disability Standards for Education 2005 are part of the Disability Discrimination Act 1992 (Cwlth). They set out the rights of students with disability and how education providers, such as schools and universities, must help them have the same educational opportunities and choices as other students.