NDCO developed resources
The National Disability Coordination Officer Program is funded by the Department of Education, Skills and Employment to drive change so that people with disability have equitable opportunity to access, participate and achieve their goals in tertiary education and subsequent employment. NDCOs are involved in a broad range of projects at a national, state and local level, and work strategically with stakeholders to address the systemic barriers experienced by people with disability engaging in tertiary education and subsequent employment. NDCOs do not provide direct support or case management to individuals. The NDCO program is hosted by a range of providers across Australia. Find out more about the NDCO Program.
NDIS & Further Education Pre-planning Toolkit
The NDIS Pre-planning Toolkits are for people with disability entering Higher Education or Vocational Education and Training and are designed to be used before a student starts a tertiary course at university or with a vocational education and training provider. The impact of a person’s disability may mean they require extra support to complete their studies. There are eight booklets in the series covering different disability types. These booklets help the student identify what supports they may need, who is responsible for providing them and how they can access them.
Choosing Your Path. Disclosure: It's a Personal Decision
The Choosing Your Path website provides substantial information for people with disability around sharing information about disability in study and employment settings. The website is also a valuable resource for educators and employers in understanding that disclosure is a personal choice and the legal framework around this. It provides a range of resources to support the why, when, how and to whom to disclose. Although there is no legal obligation for students to disclose, this website enables students to explore making an informed decision.
Create Your Future: Personal stories of disability and cultural diversity in study and work
Create Your Future are short films that showcase aspirations, successes and challenges experienced by people with disability in study and employment. There were six original short films, made with and for people with disability sharing personal stories from their own unique perspective. In 2020 an additional three stories were captured showcasing the challenges and successes of people from culturally diverse backgrounds in their pursuit of education and employment.
What's the difference between high school and post-secondary education and training?
The What's the difference between high school and post-secondary education and training resource has been developed by the NDCO Program to provide a comparison between a number of aspects of school, Vocational Education and Training and University. This resource aims to assist secondary students in understanding the differences between secondary and tertiary level education. Areas covered include the learning environment, enrolment, classroom, managing your study, study expectations and support.
Broaden Your Horizons. Transition resource
Broaden Your Horizons is an online resource for educators supporting young people as they transition into further study and employment. The website provides a number of tools and resources that can be implemented to support these transitions. This website provides information around disability types, disability legislation and the available options and pathways available to students with disability in their journey beyond high school.
Disability Awareness. eLearning Training
The Disability Awareness Website hosts a suite of eLearning training encompassing Disability Awareness, External Support Workers on Campus, Supporting Students with Disability In VET, and is the only eLearning training freely available in Australia. These learning modules have been developed in consultation with relevant sectors and people with disability. Each of the eLearning training modules are available to organisations to embed into their own Learning Management Systems.
University Specialist Employment Program (USEP)
The University Specialist Employment Partnership program USEP supports final year university students with disability to prepare for the workforce, by honing their ability to compete for employment opportunities related to their area of study, and make key connections with employers who offer graduate and corporate roles
TAFE Specialist Employment Program (TSEP)
The TAFE Specialist Employment Partnership program TSEP supports final year TAFE students with disability to prepare for the workforce, by honing their ability to compete for employment opportunities related to their area of study and make key connections with employers who offer graduate and corporate roles.
Dyslexia Resource Guide
This guide aims to assist disability practitioners within the tertiary sector and those who are responsible for planning and implementing reasonable adjustments for students with dyslexia. The resource unpacks the legislative framework surrounding reasonable adjustments and provides detailed information about dyslexia. The resource also explores two case studies where reasonable adjustments have been implemented within the tertiary sector, as well as additional information on general services.
Education to Employment NSW
This resource aims to assist recent graduates with disability to navigate the journey from tertiary study to employment. It provides information on applying for graduate roles, skills employers seek, strategies for job seeking and support to help you find graduate employment. The website also provides specific advice and information for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students and students from Culturally and Linguistically Diverse backgrounds.
Get Ready for Study and Work
The Get Ready for Study and Work series of resources are based on ten top tips for young people with disability. They contain information, contacts and activities to help students make a successful transition from school into tertiary study, work or post school programs. There are three booklets including a student workbook, parent guide, and booklet for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students, as well as Plain and Easy English versions.
How to Transition to Tertiary Education
How to Transition to Tertiary Education provides helpful advice and strategies for students on the autism spectrum who are transitioning into tertiary studies. The resource outlines ways in which you can prepare yourself for University or Vocational Education and Training, and build your knowledge and confidence in accessing tertiary education. The resource can support you to plan a good logical approach to help you during this transition period. A long and short version is available.
Pathways to Tertiary
Pathways to Tertiary was an online series for secondary students with disability with access requirements due to disability and/or chronic health condition. The aim of the series was to provide students with information on the various pathways and available supports to assist with a successful transition from secondary education into tertiary education. There were also specifically tailored sessions for parents/guardians, carers and educators with all sessions recorded and available for review.
Pathways to Employability
Pathways to Employability was on an online series of events open to all university students with access requirements due to disability and/or chronic health condition. The aim of the Pathways to Employability series was to provide students with information, knowledge and career development strategies to undertake successful transitions from university to appropriate and meaningful employment. All sessions were recorded with topics including sharing information about mental health and top tips from careers advisors.
Microsoft’s Inclusive Classroom
The Inclusive Classroom was a series of webinars aimed at improving knowledge of Microsoft accessibility tools. The sessions were delivered by Troy Waller, learning delivery specialist and accessibility lead for Microsoft Australia Education
The NDCO Program partnered with Settlement Services International (SSI) to present this webinar which explores the intersectionality between culture and disability. The seminar discusses current challenges in service deliver and provide insights to address the gaps experienced by people from a CALD background with disability who are looking for employment post education and training.