What additional funding support does your local public school receive for students with disability?
For each eligible student with disability, your local school can apply for the Individual Disability Allocation (IDA). Before the school can receive funding, they need to have evidence that a student is eligible and has sufficient levels of need. The school will then submit a form detailing the level of personal and learning needs where the additional funding assistance will be used.
The school determines how they will use any additional IDA funding they are awarded to support your child’s education and learning. The school may decide to use some of the funds to provide extra teacher or education assistant time in the classroom or to buy or create additional learning resources. How schools decide to use this additional funding should be informed by the student’s Individual Education Plan (IEP).
Every public school also receives funding from the Australian Government each year based on the total number of students with disability teachers report they have in their classes and the level of adjustment they provide (based on the students’ level of need). In WA public schools this is called the Education Adjustment Allocation to each school.
Information can be found on these allocations via the WA Education Department.
Click on the following link and expand the “Support for my child at school” tab: https://www.education.wa.edu.au/children-with-special-educational-needs
What information/evidence should I provide to the school about my child’s disability?
You can assist your school to make an application for the Individual Disability Allocation (IDA) by providing a recent diagnosis (similar to the NDIS process), relevant therapy reports and recent student learning profiles.
In public schools, how does the Education Department work out how much individual disability funding is allocated to each eligible student?
As part of the process of applying for the Individual Disability Allocation (IDA), schools are required to submit a form setting out each student’s needs across different areas relevant to attending and participating at school. This is sometimes referred to as a functional needs assessment.
You can assist the school during this needs assessment by providing as much information to the school on your child’s level of need and specific requirements as you can. Once approved, funding is allocated to the school based on this level of need. For most students this level of funding stays the same across a student’s schooling, though it can be reviewed from time to time.
In public schools, how much funding is provided through the Individual Disability Allocation (IDA) for students with disability?
Each school is provided with an annual level of IDA funding for each eligible student, based on each individual child’s needs (and may vary slightly depending on local school factors). The funding levels range from Level 1 which is approximately $9,924 per eligible student with disability per year; through to Level 7 for a student with very high support needs which works out at approximately $75.816 per student per year.