Will Hodgman

Premier of Tasmania

8 June 2017

Jeremy Rockliff, Minister for Education and Training

Autism school support program for the North

To achieve the Hodgman Liberal Government’s goal of leading the nation in education, we are developing an education system with more support for students with disability across the state.

The successful Autism Class Support Program currently operating at Rose Bay High School and Lindisfarne North Primary School in the south of the state will extend to the north from Term 3 at Romaine Park Primary School in Burnie and Summerdale Primary School in Launceston.

The Tasmanian Government has provided $4 million over four years to support this program as part of our commitment to implement best-practice autism care, and give children with autism the best opportunity to reach their full potential while continuing to be included in a mainstream school environment.

Established with the needs of students on the autism spectrum in mind, the program includes specific staff to support the class and tailored-made learning spaces designed to ensure they meet the sensory and learning needs of students.

The extension of the Autism Class Support Program is another significant step in ensuring the needs of students with disability are met, from birth to adulthood, by supporting all learners of all abilities in all schools.

With the Budget back in balance the Hodgman Government is able to invest more in essential services including education. This year’s budget included $6 million more in funding to support students  with disability, and $16 million more than when Labor and the Greens were in Government. We are absolutely committed to ensuring students with disability have access to education and learning environments for their individual needs.

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