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Legislation and Standards

A range of federal and state legislation providing equitable treatment for people with disability has implications for education and training organisations.

Two core pieces of legislature that govern disability and disability in education are:

These pieces of legislation reflect Australia's commitment to the United Nations Convention for the Rights of People with Disabilities This link takes you away from the ADCET page (UNCRPD).

By clicking on the links above you can find out more detail about each piece of legislation and how it influences your practice.


There are a range of compliance instruments that tertiary education providers must uphold in order to meet their compliance obligations:

Both TEQSA and ASQA require compliance of tertiary education providers to comply with the Disability Discrimination Act (1992) (DDA) and the Disability Standards for Education 2005 (DSE). These two documents, working together, provide students with disability protection from discrimination based on disability that education providers must meet.

There is also additional information on preventing discrimination in your institution including developing Disability Inclusion Action Plans and implementing complaints processes.

(Updated November 2022)