​​​​Disability assistance

Version 7
November 2018
Disability assistance (PDF, 133KB)

Informa​​tion to get ​started

Training organisations are required to make 'reasonable adjustments' by adapting their training delivery methods to ensure equity and full access to training by apprentices and trainees with a disability.

Why is it im​​port​ant?

Support while training is best discussed at the commencement of the apprenticeship or traineeship, so that any disability and/or learning support services can be established and, if required, included in the training plan.

What suppor​​​t is ​​available?*

*Please note that services mentioned in this information sheet may be subject to eligibility criteria.

Disability supp​​​ort officers

Training organisations may employ a disability support officer to coordinate support and assistance for students with a disability. For further information, contact the training organisation.

Ski​lls Disability S​​upport

The Department of Employment, Small Business and Training's Skills Disability Support is a service available to eligible training organisations to assist in the training of apprentices and trainees with a disability.

This assistance is available to pre-qualified suppliers (training organisations that are contracted through the department to provide funded training under the User Choice program) and may assist in the areas of:

  • assessment of learning support requirements
  • adaptive equipment, and training in its use (software)
  • support personnel (AUSLAN interpreters and specialist support workers).

For further information, pre-qualified suppliers can visit the Skills Disability Support information on the Training website.

Australian Gove​rnment assist​​ance 

Employers of an apprentice or trainee with a medically-based disability may be eligible for Australian Government assistance and support. For further information, phone an Australian Apprenticeship Su​pport Network provider on 13 38 73.


Funded by the Australian Government, this service offers help and workplace solutions for people with a disability and their employers. For further information, phone 1800 464 800 or visit the JobAccess website.

Disability Em​​​​ployme​nt Australia

Disability Employment Service providers can help employer to find the right person, prepare the workplace and be an ongoing source of advice and assistance. Visit the Disability Employment Australia website​.

For f​​urther infor​mation

Visit the Training website for resources and tools to assist, such as fact sheets and guides.

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Last updated
15 November 2018