2020 Review of Disability Standards for Education



The Disability Standards for Education (the Standards) came into effect on 18 August 2005. The Standards are subordinate legislation to the Disability Discrimination Act 1992 (the DDA); this means they sit under the Act. If a person acts in accordance with the Standards, they comply with the DDA. Christian schools, along with other education providers, must comply with the Standards or they will be acting unlawfully.

Under the DDA, the Standards must be reviewed every five years.  The joint submission to the 2015 Review of the Disability Standards for Education by Christian Schools Australia (CSA) with Adventist Schools Australia (ASA) and Australian Association of Christian Schools (AACS) can be viewed in our Briefing here.

The 2020 Review of the Standards have now commenced.

Terms of reference for the 2020 Review


In considering the effectiveness of the Standards, the Review will consider the following:

  1. Are the rights, obligations and measures of compliance set out in the Standards (and its Guidance Notes) clear and appropriate?
  2. Do students, families and carers, educators, education providers and policy makers know about, understand,apply and comply with the rights, obligations and measures of compliance in the Standards?
  3. In the 15 years since the Standards were developed, have the Standards contributed towards students with disability being able to access education and training opportunities on the same basis as students without disabilities?

Consultation for the Review will include a focus on the impact of the Standards on the experiences of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students with disability. In formulating recommendations, the Review will focus on opportunities for national collaborative action between jurisdictions and agencies, including action to strengthen the knowledge and capabilities of teachers and educators, and whether any amendments to the Standards should be made.

A Discussion Paper has been released to support the Review.

Review Process and Timeline


The Review will be open for public consultation from 16 July to 25 September 2020.

Input is being sought via –

There is also the potential to express your interest in participating in one of the following:

  1. a focus group – our focus groups give you an opportunity to share your experiences and ideas in a small group, using an accessible video platform.

  2. an online discussion board – have your say in a written online forum and engage with ideas from other people.

  3. a one-to-one interview – primarily for people in rural and remote areas.

The first webinar, the National Launch: Schooling webinar is being held on Thursday 23 July, to be followed by an Educators webinar on Wednesday 19 August.

School Involvement


Schools wanting to have input into a CSA Submission to the review are invited to send comments to our Director of Public Policy by 30 August 2020.

Additionally schools or individual staff may want to contribute through one of the other processes outline above.  If you do so please send a copy to our office to assist with our submission.