The Australian Government’s National Disability Coordination Officer (NDCO) Program works strategically to assist people with disability access and participate in tertiary education and subsequent employment, through a national network of regionally based NDCOs. The NDCOs work with stakeholders at the local level to reduce systemic barriers, facilitate smooth transitions, build links and coordinate services between the education, training and employment sectors. The NDCO program is hosted by a range of providers across Australia. There are 31 NDCOs and the program in currently funded until June 2016.
The program has three main objectives:
- improve linkages between schools, tertiary education providers, employment service providers and providers of disability programs and assistance at all government levels;
- improve transitions for people with disability between school / community and tertiary education, and then to subsequent employment; and
- improve participation by people with disability in tertiary education and subsequent employment.
As a student your local NDCO may be able to link you to support services and provide resources to support your transition and participation in further education and subsequent employment.