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The Australian Disability Clearinghouse on Education and Training (ADCET) website
ADCET provides up to date and comprehensive information about inclusive teaching, learning and assessment strategies, reasonable adjustment and support services for people with a disability in post-secondary education and training.

The Crux of the Matter 2011: Language, Literacy and Numeracy and Vocational, Education and Training (PDF, 4.4MB)
The Crux of the Matter has been updated to take into account changes to the VET system: the development of the Australian Core Skills Framework (replacing the National Reporting System) and the review of the Australian Quality Training Framework.

The aim of this resource is to improve language, literacy and numeracy (LLN) practices within vocational educational and training (VET) delivery and assessment, and to comply with the Australian Quality Training Framework (AQTF) through a planned approach to LLN.

It provides models of good practice, suggestions and practical assistance and a number fact files that include practical information and tools.

Culturally and linguistically diverse (CALD) communities on the Queensland Government's Community engagement website
Information and resources to improve engagement with people from culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds.

Disability Type factsheets
Various factsheets on inclusive teaching and assessment practices for learners with a disability.

Diversity Figures on the Department of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander and Multicultural Affairs website
Publications illustrating Queensland's diverse population assembled from the demographic and diversity data in The Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS) 2011 Census.

Inclusive Technology factsheets
A range of factsheets that explain what inclusive technology software / equipment is available; who it's suitable for and what their features are.

Indigenous Lead Centre, part of the Tropical North Queensland Institute of TAFE website
The Centre provides quality product development, project management and research services to enhance VET opportunities for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people. The Centre develops Indigenous specific accredited and non-accredited courses and has a variety of interactive e-learning resources.

Informed Choice factsheets
A range of information sheets on jobs and their inherent requirements. The sheets have been drafted so that RTOs can insert their own details. They have been developed using Universal Design principles, therefore the layout and style should be preserved during customisation, e.g. font style and size, spacing, left justification.

Integrated support services for learners: An investigation into current thinking and practice (PDF, 741KB) - (Report, 2012)
This resource has been developed to assist the implementation of inclusive learning in Queensland VET and supports Inclusive learning: A way forward.

The report provides a review of research about the delivery and structure of educational support services, an environmental scan of current practices for delivery of support services to learners and identifies the implications for delivery of support services within the VET sector.

It suggests not only models and ways of thinking about support service delivery in general terms, but practical ideas for addressing a range of specific aspects of delivery.

The literature review that informs this report, Integrated support services for learners: Literature scan and annotated biography (PDF, 549KB) is also available.

Love Apptually: Apps to support learning (PDF, 1.36MB) - (Report, 2012)
This resource has been designed to assist VET practitioners and learners to select applications (apps) for mobile devices that support inclusive VET teaching and learning.

It highlights a number of mobile and tablet apps focusing on those that support:

A range of suggested apps for foundation skills is also summarised in the Love Apptually poster (PDF, 474KB).

This resource supports Inclusive learning: A way forward, and is intended as a living, collaborative document which users will provide feedback to and update.

Love Apptually webinar series - Online VET website
Links to the webinar recordings, presentations and fact sheets from the Queensland VET Development Centre's (QVDC) Love Apptually webinar series held in 2013.

The webinar series aims to build increased awareness of how to identify, use and evaluate applications (apps) for mobile devices that support foundation skills and learners with a disability. There are seven webinars in the series: Learning; Reading; Writing; Oral communications; Numeracy; Commonly used apps for learners with a disability; and identifying and evaluating new apps.

National Centre for Vocational Education Research Ltd (NCVER) website
NCVER is Australia's principal provider of vocational education and training (VET) research and statistics.

National VET E-learning Strategy website
The National VET E-learning Strategy seeks to build the capability of RTOs, industry and community stakeholders to create more accessible training options and facilitate new ways of learning through technology. It aims to stimulate new ventures in e-learning to support individual participation in training and employment, and the alignment of workforce skill levels with economic needs.

Previously the Australian Flexible Learning Framework, the National VET E-learning Strategy website provides information and resources on e-learning products and practices in VET.

No More Excuses: An industry response to the language literacy and numeracy challenge (PDF, 4.02MB) on the Industry Skills Councils website.
The document looks at a variety of solutions to Australia's LLN issues using a coordinated approach across industry and education sectors.

The Path to Independence: How collaborative, learner centred support helps learners with a disability to thrive (PDF, 724 KB)
This case study describes the collaborative approach used by a large metropolitan VET provider to support an apprentice with a disability.

Plan e-learning - a National VET E-learning Strategy initiative for getting started in e-learning.

Reasonable Adjustment in teaching, learning and assessment for learners with a disability - a guide for VET practitioners (PDF, 1.2MB)
This guide has been designed to assist VET teachers and trainers, disability practitioners and educational managers to make reasonable adjustment in teaching learning and assessment. It provides information and practical strategies to assist decision-making when determining whether reasonable adjustment will be required in the learning environment and how the adjustments can be applied.

Resources that provide more information about the requirements for fair and flexible delivery and assessment for learners with diverse needs.

Rural and regional communities on the Queensland Government's Community engagement website
This website provides a range of tools and resources for practitioners working with rural and regional communities.

Training and Work: inclusive environments (2009)
This resource is designed to assist those who work with people who are Deaf or hard of hearing in the training (Vocational Education and Training - VET) and work environments.

Training and Work Resource (2009)
This resource is designed to assist people who are Deaf or hard of hearing. It provides information about resources that may be available to help in planning for training (VET) and work.

Universal Design checklist (2012) (DOC, 353KB)
A tool for VET providers to assess materials and communications and enhance accessibility for everyone.

Vocational Education and Training (VET) Disability Support Service (VDSS)
VDSS provides a service to registered training organisations receiving public funding through the Department of Education, Training and Employment to supplement support for learners with a disability.


Universal Design - Creating accessible learning resources (2007)
Assists staff to develop information and learning materials that are more accessible for people of all ages and abilities. Universal Design will minimise the need for adaptation or specialised design of information and learning materials for students. Staff developing learning resources will find this information constructive for e-learning, classroom, workplace and blended delivery. Marketing and client service staff will also find it useful in preparing client information.

Copies of this resource are available.



Every attempt has been made to ensure the listed resources and tools are current. Archived resources may contain references that do not relate to current policy and standards and some links may no longer by active.

This page was last updated at Wednesday, March 26, 2014