Online forum for disability students

PAGE MP Janelle Saffin is encouraging parents and carers of students with a disability to join an online forum at 5pm tomorrow to discuss school funding and the future of schooling.

Ms Saffin said children with a disability face disadvantage in education and employment and this forum will provide a unique opportunity to discuss school funding reform, and the needs of students with disability.

"The Parliamentary Secretary for School Education and Workplace Relations, Senator Jacinta Collins, is hosting the public forum at Clifton Hill School in Victoria, and  it is being streamed live so parents and carers around the country can take part," she said.

"This is one of a series of forums following up on the Gonski review.

"The Gonski review has made a number of far-reaching recommendations for developing a more effective way of funding every school in Australia.

"The Australian Government is working with the education community to test and refine the proposed new model, known as a Schooling Resource Standard (SRS).

"The proposed model would include a base amount per student plus additional funding for students such as those with disability, and schools that need extra support.

"No reform of this size can be implemented without parents, teachers and principals having their say, so I invite parents and carers interested in support for students with a disability to register for Thursday's forum. There will be an opportunity to ask questions online. 

"The Australia Government is investing heavily in educational support for students with disability.

"Under the MoreSupport for Students with Disabilities initiative there is $200 million available for much-needed specialist support and assistance to students with disability in government, independent and Catholic schools across the country.

"Without this type of support it can be much harder for students with disability to reach their potential."

Information on how to register for the forum is available at

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