Education for all

Department program

Education for all is a school policy that gives schools a clear definition of inclusive education and what the legal obligations are for supporting students with disabilities.

To view the policy, see the School Policy Advisory Guide: Students with a disability

Inclusive education

Inclusive education means that all members of every school community are valued and supported to fully participate, learn, develop and succeed within an inclusive school culture.

Defining ‘students with disabilities and additional needs’

Education for all adopts the Disability Discrimination Act 1992 (Cth) definition of disability. The term ‘disability’ refers to physical, intellectual, mental and medical impairments, including disorders that result in a person learning differently.

This means that the policy applies to all students with a disability, not just those who are eligible for support under targeted programs such as the Program for Students with Disabilities.

Welcoming student differences

Victoria has a strong and vibrant education system that celebrates diversity, and is committed to supporting the achievement and participation of all students. Education for all acknowledges that some children and young people have intersecting identities or additional needs that schools may need to take into consideration. These identities may relate to:

  • having a disability or additional learning needs
  • gender identity
  • sexual orientation
  • being an Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander person
  • race
  • cultural identity
  • speaking a language other than English
  • social factors
  • economic factors
  • experience of abuse, neglect or family violence.

The Education for all policy is part of the inclusive education agenda focused on improving outcomes for students with disabilities. See more about inclusive education for students with disabilities.