​​Disability assistance

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February 2016
Disability assistance (PDF, 218KB)

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 import​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 support 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.

Skills Disability S​​upport

The Department of Education 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 Training website.

Australian Gove​rnment assistance 

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 Support 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.

CRS Au​​stralia

This Australian Government service provides employers with a range of services to support the apprentice or trainee through assessment. For further information, phone 1800 277 277 or visit the CRS Australia website.

For further infor​mation

Visit the Training website for resources and tools to assist, such as:

  • Love Apptually: Apps to support learning.
  • Reasonable adjustment in teaching, learning and assessment for learners with a disability - a guide for VET practitioners.
  • disability support fact sheets.​
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Last updated
19 December 2016