​​​Disability assistance

Version 6
June 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.

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
13 June 2018