Starting school is an important milestone in any child and family’s life. For families of children with developmental delay or disability, transition to school requires additional thought, time, planning and support to make the process as smooth and as positive as possible.
Each education sector across Australia has its own application and enrolment processes.
Click here to view a table that outlines the processes for NSW.
Click here for more information about enrolling in a public school in the ACT.
Click here for more information about children's rights and standards in the ACT.
The tables below provide links to information relevant to each education sector in all Australian states and territories.
It is important to understand your rights as a parent or carer and the rights of your child in the school system.
As a parent or carer you have a right to:
This means information about your child and family can only be shared with your permission.
This means the school must include you in making decisions about your child’s education.
This means you can provide information about your child and have your say.
This means you can get help from any of these people to find more information and/or get support at meetings.
Your child has a right to:*
This means information about them can only be shared with their permission.
* While these rights apply to your child when they start school, they may not be yet able to exercise their rights. You are able to do it with them or for them.
This means information must be made available to your child.
This means your child can provide information about themselves and have a say as they grow and develop.
This means you can get help from any of these people to find out information and get support at meetings.
(Reference: "Who’s Going to teach my child?" Department of Education and Training, 2008)
Legislation relating to the rights of people with disabilities:
The Federal Disability Discrimination Act 1992 (DDA) makes it illegal in Australia to discriminate against a person on the basis of their disability across a range of areas of life including education.
Click here for more information about The Disability Discrimination Act (1992).
In August 2005, the Federal Government made Disability Standards in the area of education, known as the Disability Standards on Education 2005 (the Education Standards). The Education Standards set out the rights of students with disability under the DDA in the area of education. They also set out the obligations of education providers, like schools and universities, under the DDA to assist students with disability in the area of education.
Click here for more information about the Education Standards.