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Disability legislation

Here you will find legislation regarding disability and education.

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Federal legislation

Disability Discrimination Act 1992 (Commonwealth)

Section 22 of the Disability Discrimination Act 1992 relates to education. The Act makes it unlawful for education providers to discriminate against a student on the basis of disability in relation to admission, access, and harrassment.

A 2005 amendment to the Act directs that all curricula must be inclusive.

Disability Standards for Education and Guidance Notes 2005

The primary purpose of the Disability Standards for Education is to clarify the obligations of education and training service providers under the Disability Discrimination Act 1992 and the rights of people with disabilities in relation to education and training. This legislation is most relevant to provision of university education for students with disabilities.

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Western Australian legislation

Disability Services Act 1993

The Disability Services Act 1993 applies to the provision of services to people with disabilities within Western Australia and mandates specific requirements in relation to Disability Access and Inclusion Plans.

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More information

For more information about who is protected by the Federal Disability Discrimination Act 1992, visit the Australian Human Rights Commission website.

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