Projects Disability Services

Program for Students with Disabilities (PSD)

Projects Disability Services

Program for Students with Disabilities (PSD)

Projects Disability Services

Program for Students with Disabilities (PSD)

  • Services

    Program Administration

  • Status

    Current

  • Client

    Department of Education and Early Childhood Development

  • Jurisdiction

    Victoria

The PSD is a targeted supplementary funding program for Victorian government schools. It provides over $500 million annually to over 1,400 mainstream and specialist schools to assist them to support students with disabilities, with moderate to severe needs.

AHA manages and administers the PSD on behalf of the Department of Education and Early Childhood Development.

Under the management contract, AHA is responsible for receiving, processing and determining eligibility for over 6,500 applications for funding annually.  This work includes:

  • Receive and catalog applications and check necessary documentation and supporting evidence has been provided
  • Assess eligibility against educational support needs criteria, based on examination of a range of supporting evidence, including reports and assessments from clinicians and documentation from schools, teachers and parents
  • Record outcomes in the Department’s PSDMS system for notification to schools
  • Report to the Department and engage with Department staff to discuss individual applications where necessary.

To service the contract, AHA:

  • Employs a large specialist team of disability and early and developmental educational experts, including psychologist and speech pathologists, supported by a team of administration staff.
  • Has developed sophisticated IT systems for application processing and management, which manage the application processing workflow and enable online real-time review of applications, including status and outcomes, by Departmental staff.
The objective of the PSD is to help maximise students’ potential and ensure that students are valued in all aspects of school life.