Peter Gutwein

Premier of Tasmania

3 December 2019

Jeremy Rockliff, Minister for Education and Training

Tasmanian VET program leading the nation in disability education

The Hodgman majority Liberal Government is the strongest supporter of Tasmania’s Vocational Education Training sector and helping to upskill dedicated staff in the VET system.

On the International Day of People with Disability, Tasmania is once again leading the nation when it comes to supporting education and training for people living with disability with the launch of the VET Sector Disability Awareness eLearning resource.

This new training for teachers will:

  • provide greater understanding and confidence in responding to the needs of learners with disability within the VET sector;
  • increase the knowledge of the responsibilities of our training institutions under the Disability Discrimination Act and Disability Standards for Education and the rights of students with disability, and;
  • build the capability of educators in applying Universal Design for Learning and Reasonable Adjustments to make sure the learning experience is accessible.

The resource was developed by the University of Tasmania in association with TasTAFE and supported by the Tasmanian and Australian governments, and work is underway to roll it out nationally.

Over 68,000 Tasmanians live with disability and over 38,000 of these Tasmanians are under the age of 65, so this program will make a positive difference to the lives of many people.

Today’s launch is nation-leading and will change lives in Tasmania and right across Australia.

This project was supported through the Hodgman majority Liberal Government’s Training and Work Pathways Program to meet the needs of all learners and give individuals living with disability a real chance to complete training that leads to a meaningful career and an independent life.

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