As at 11 January 2021, no further funding is available to administer the SDS program for the remainder of the 2020/21 financial year.
Specialised technology and support services are available to students undertaking Queensland Government subsidised training.
There are free resources available to borrow directly from pre-approved training providers, including magnification aids, specialised computer accessories, voice recognition and screen reading software.
Specialised support is also funded and may include Auslan interpreters, disability coaches or mentors.
Check-in with your training provider to discuss your needs.
What is Skills Disability Support?
Skills Disability Support (SDS) is a free Queensland Government program that provides specialised services direct to pre-approved training providers (Skills Assure suppliers) so you can access the support you need to participate in accredited training.
SDS is administered by the Department of Employment, Small Business and Training.
What services are available?
Based on your individual needs, abilities and career ambitions the support services will be specifically tailored to your training needs.
The support has to be reasonable and needs to consider everyone involved so that no one is disadvantaged. This includes you, your fellow students, your teachers/trainers and your training provider.
Depending on your needs, you can borrow a range of specialised technology including:
- equipment such as magnification aids and specialised computer accessories
- assistive software, such as voice recognition and screen reading software.
You can also access specialised support services, such as:
- Auslan interpreters
- disability coaches and mentors.
Who can receive SDS services?
Your pre-approved training provider can arrange for you to access dedicated disability support services through SDS if you:
- have an identified disability
- are undertaking training subsidised by the department
- are training in a non-school environment
- are not eligible to receive the same services through other initiatives.
How much will it cost?
Nothing - it is free.
The SDS specialised services and resources that you borrow through your training provider are supplied at no cost by the department.
On completion of your course, SDS services will cease and you will need to return any borrowed technological resources for someone else to use.
What can't I access through SDS?
SDS does not provide assistance with:
- course fees, learning materials or teacher/trainer costs
- general language, literacy or numeracy support
- general health or care needs.
What do I do now?
Once you know the Queensland Government subsidised qualification and pre-approved training provider that suits you, contact them direct. The Queensland Skills Gateway website provides contact details of training providers offering your chosen qualification.
- check your eligibility to receive SDS services
- lodge an application on your behalf
- arrange for you to receive the support if the application is approved.
For further information, phone Training Queensland on 1300 369 935.