Public consultation now closed

Our public consultations ran from 31 January to 11 April 2023.

Review of the impact of COVID-19 on school students with disability

The Australian Government is talking to students, parents, carers, educators and other stakeholders to do a Review of the impact of COVID-19 on school students with disability.

The Review is looking at the school and learning experiences for students with disability during the COVID-19 pandemic and how students have been impacted.

It will also look at:

  • ways to support the recovery of school students with disability from the impacts of the pandemic
  • how governments and schools can support students with disability in future events like this.

Our public consultations ran from 31 January to 11 April 2023. Opportunities to get involved in the Review have now closed.

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Why Get Involved?

Well, if they don't have their say, then you'd only be targeting one thing. You need to target everything so that you get everything right for all the kids who are disabled. Because otherwise we just won't get our voice out, sort of, we won't get things changed that, that need to be changed for the future.

Yeah, because that’s how, that's how they can improve on things if they get input of other students with special needs during their time in COVID. So then they can improve in the case it happens the next time and then put in, put in stuff around, like put in strategies, so then some of these kids can do better.

Disability especially is such a ... so so personal and I think for everyone to speak up, it's important to get as wide of a range of views as possible because everyone has different

circumstances, everyone has different abilities. And if people speak up about the good as well as like the not-so-good, then you can learn from not just like shortcomings in planning, but you can learn from what people did well and try and implement that more.

With their voice, they could help reimagine the way that we all recovered, they could have ... even with, with what I went through, I could have had something that no one else did. But then that other person could have something that I didn't even have. And then they could then have their support for them, because I'm only one voice compared to 100.

Because if you don't speak up, then you don't know. No one's going to be able to help you.

No one's going to be able to know what you need and you’ll just be left there not being able to do anything about it if you don't speak up.

Stories and updates

Trae, a 15-year-old Torres Strait Islander student, shares the difficulties of managing time and relying on additional support in school during COVID-19.

14 March 2023

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