Education, employment and activities

School and further education

Pre-school and school

Children with disabilities and special needs may be eligible for support to help them at pre-school and at school.

Leaving school and planning for the future

Leaving school can be an exciting time of moving on to new experiences such as further education, employment or recreation.

School Leaver Employment Supports (SLES) is a NDIS support for students with disability. SLES offers individualised support for up to two years after finishing year 12 to help people get ready for work and plan a pathway to employment. The program is tailored to meet individual employment goals.

Phone 1800 800 110

Transition to Work is a government program that helps young people who are early school leavers or having difficulty entering employment after school. Transition to Work providers offer young people intensive pre-employment support to help them set and achieve their employment and education goals.

Phone 1300 854 414

National Disability Coordination Officer (NDCO) program helps  make employment and further education services more accessible to people with disability. The Program also informs people with disability about their post-school options and supports.

The Australian Disability Clearinghouse on Education and Training has resources and information if you are considering post-secondary school education.

Day Options and recreation opportunities are available through many disability service providers.

Further education

Studying at TAFE

TAFE SA provides vocation education and training through a broad range of course types and subjects.

TAFE SA Disability Support Program provides support services and special arrangements to assist students with their study.

Studying at university

South Australia's universities have information about services and supports for students with disability.

Training and apprenticeships

Skilling South Australia can help you get started with on-the-job training through apprenticeships and traineeships.

Phone 1800 506 266

The Commonwealth Department of Education and Training has information on nationally recognised training.

Other study options

Open Universities Australia offers full degrees and single subjects, all studied entirely online.If you are eligible, you can access government loans to help fund your studies. Open Universities provides support for students with disability.

WEA adult learning courses are low-cost, Adelaide-based, short courses generally available throughout the year.

Open2Study provides free, specialised short courses, entirely online, in a range of subject areas. Open2Study is backed by Open Universities Australia.

Related information

Other websites

Disability standards for education - Attorney-General's Department
Early Intervention Services for Children with Disability - Australian Government
Planning for life after school - Ministerial Advisory Committee: Students with Disabilities

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