There are a large number of services available to support students with disability, including apprentices and trainees, to participate in vocational education and training (VET). This includes services that may assist transition into VET and then into employment.
The information below lists some of these services, other services may be available in certain locations.
Skilling Queenslanders for Work
Skilling Queenslanders for Work is an initiative to help eligible Queenslanders to gain the skills, qualifications and experience needed to enter and stay in the workforce. The programs are targeted at different groups including young people, mature-age job seekers, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people, people with disability, women re-entering the workforce and people from culturally and linguistically diverse background.
Certificate 3 Guarantee
The Certificate 3 Guarantee provides a government subsidy to allow eligible Queenslanders to obtain their first post-school certificate III level qualification.
Training provider services
Reasonable adjustment (changes or modifications) can be made for students with disability participating in VET.
If you need assistance to access and participate in VET, talk to your teacher, the training organisation's disability services officer or relevant staff member as soon as possible about the reasonable adjustments that may be made.
Skills Disability Support
Skills Disability Support provides specialised technology and support services to approved training providers to assist students with disability gain nationally recognised skills and qualifications.
Disabled Australian Apprentice Wage Support (DAAWS) Program
DAAWS has two components:
- a payment to assist employers of eligible apprentices and trainees with disability
- funding to training providers to provide extra help during off-the-job training for eligible individuals.
To access the program, contact your local Apprenticeship Network provider.
JobAccess can assist people with disability find and keep jobs, get promoted to better jobs, upgrade or expand their workplace skills, and more. The website provides a range of guidance and links including information about:
- funding for changes to the workplace through the Employment Assistance Fund
- Disability Employment Services (DES) that help eligible participants find and maintain employment.
Through DES providers you may also be eligible to access other supports such as:
Transition to Work (TtW)
TtW supports young people aged 15-21 on their journey to employment. This Australian Government service provides intensive, pre-employment support to improve the work-readiness of young people and help them into work (including apprenticeships and traineeships) or education.
Ticket to Work
Ticket to Work helps prepare young people with disability for the world of work and provides an open employment pathway in their transition from school through a combination of vocational/career development and early contact with work environments. For further information, contact your school.
National Disability Coordination Officer (NDCO) Program
The NDCO Program seeks to address barriers to participation in tertiary education and employment for people with disability. This includes guidance on post-school options and supports to enable you to participate in education and subsequent employment to the same extent as people without disability.
Independent Living Centres Australia (ILC)
ILC provides impartial, unbiased information about assistive technology and equipment options across Australia. The website covers a wide range of equipment to assist people with disability in their everyday lives and includes technology and equipment that could assist in undertaking training.
National Disability Insurance Scheme in Queensland
The National Disability Insurance Scheme is designed to provide reasonable and necessary support to people with permanent and significant disability to help improve participation in the community and in employment. In Queensland, the scheme will provide people with disability more choice and control over their disability support.
The NDIS includes School Leaver Employment Support (SLES), which offers individualised support for up to two years after finishing Year 12 to help eligible individuals get ready for work and plan a pathway to employment.
Additionally, wide-ranging change is expected for training and disability service providers as well as the disability sector workforce. Visit the Department of Employment, Small Business and Training's NDIS page for more information.