Report released on the Review of the Disability Standards for Education
The long awaited final report of the Review of the Disability Standards for Education was released yesterday by the Hon Jacinta Collins, Parliamentary Secretary for School Education and Workplace Relations. The report is based on analysis of 200 submissions and meetings with around 150 stakeholders representing 80 organisations. The Review found that although the Standards provide a good framework for enabling students to access and participate in education, more work needs to be done to ensure the Standards are implemented effectively. The report makes14 recommendations to improve the effectiveness of the Standards.
The Australian Government's Response to the report was released simultaneously. In its response the Australian Government welcomed the findings of the report and committed to working collaboratively with state and territory governments and education providers to address the report's findings. In its response the Government says that while it, "supports in principle a number of the recommendations relating to revising the Standards, any decisions about changes to the Standards will be deferred until after the outcomes of the project to consolidate Commonwealth anti-discrimination laws are clear."