Submissions to the Senate Inquiry into the Education of Students with Disability are now open, and parents, teachers and students are encouraged to speak up.

Labor initiated this inquiry because we believe every student – including students with disability – deserves a great education.

Research by Children with Disability Australia shows as many as one in four children with disability have been denied enrolment, almost one in five only attend school part-time, and 68 per cent of parents believed their children do not receive adequate support at school.

The Inquiry will look first-hand at the impact of Tony Abbott’s broken promises on funding and support for students with disability, including his decisions to dump the needs-based Gonski reforms, cut $30 billion from our schools and terminate the $100 million per year More Support for Students with Disabilities program.

Shadow Minister for Education, Kate Ellis, said the Inquiry would examine the importance of fully implementing the Gonski disability loading, so students have adequate support.

“We want parents, teachers and all those with first-hand experience and expertise to have a say.

“It is an opportunity to look at where our school system is failing – but also to identify best-practice for the future.

“Parents, teachers and careers work incredibly hard, but they need to be supported by Government.

“Every student deserves to be recognised as a learner and properly supported to achieve their best.”

Submissions are open until 21 August 2015. For more information, or to make a submission, visit the Inquiry website.


FRIDAY, 31 JULY 2015