Fair Enrolment

A student with disability has the right to enrol on the same basis as students without disability. This means that students with disability who meet the school’s enrolment criteria are accepted by the school.

Under the Disability Standards for Education 2005, students with disability or their families have a right to access:

  • Information about enrolment choices
  • The enrolment process
  • Reasonable adjustments to assist enrolment
  • Enrolment on the understanding that reasonable adjustments will be made to enable the student to participate.

Schools should consult students with disability or their families to find out whether they need an adjustment to their enrolment processes so they can apply on the same basis as other applicants.

Fair Enrolment: In Practice ...

Schools support enrolment in various ways. Some examples are:

  • Providing all information for students and their parents or carers in suitable formats (e.g. large print) when requested
  • Supplying enrolment forms and offering assistance to complete them
  • Consulting students or their parents or carers about how their disability affects the enrolment process and ongoing schooling
  • Ensuring that information about entry requirements, the choice of programs, and the educational settings for those programs, is accessible to the student and their associate in a way that enables them to make informed choices
  • Reassuring families that the enrolment of a student with disability incurs no additional fee.

During enrolment it is unlawful to discriminate against students because they have a disability.

Students with disability have the same right as other students to choose a school

Enrolment - What to Expect:

  • Enrolment information is easy to obtain
  • Enrolment information is easy to understand
  • Everyone is encouraged and supported to attend information sessions, such as school tours, information evenings and open days
  • Adjustments are made for parents or carers with disability to enable them to enrol their child on the same basis as everyone else
  • The school will start a discussion with parents or carers of students with disability to understand the student’s needs for learning and support
  • Schools will consult students with disability or their parents or carers about reasonable adjustments
  • Schools value open communication with families
  • Diversity in the student population is supported and celebrated by the school community.

Video: Enrolling Patricia

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Patricia’s mother made enquiries earlier in the year about enrolling her at the local school, and indicated then that Patricia has a disability. She did not continue with the enrolment process, and so the principal of the school calls to ask if any assistance is needed.


Suzi starts school

Suzi’s parents seek to enrol her in the local primary school. Suzi has multiple disabilities and needs intensive support with her learning, behaviour and self-care (toileting, dressing and eating).

The school principal consults Suzi’s parents in order to understand the types of specialised services that will be required. The principal understands the school's responsibilities and is committed to meeting the needs of all students. She enrols Suzi, and together with the regional office and Suzi’s parents, the principal arranges support using the school and regional resources.


Students with disability have the right to enrol in school on the same basis as students without disability. This means they have a right to information about how the enrolment process works, and also to support in navigating the process. Schools have a responsibility to consult with students and families to identify any support or adjustments which might be needed during enrolment.