Post school program eligibility
To be able to access a Post School Program, you need to:
- live in NSW
- have a disability as defined by the Disability Services Act 1993
- have completed year 12.
If you meet the criteria, an eligibility assessment will be undertaken. The Post School Program eligibility assessment determines the eligibility of school leavers for Transition to Work or Community Participation. It also determines a funding band if the school leaver is eligible for Community Participation.
Assessments are carried out with the young person’s teacher (or a consultant) each year, using the Eligibility Assessment Tool.
Eligibility Assessment Tool
The Eligibility Assessment Tool was developed by the Centre for Health Service Development at the University of Wollongong.
We use this tool to assess young people with a disability who wish to attend a Post School program after completing Year 12. This assessment is carried out in conjunction with the:
- NSW Department of Education and Communities
- Catholic Education Commission of NSW
- Association of Independent Schools of NSW
Appealing the outcome of an eligibility assessment
A young person, or their family or advocate, can appeal to ADHC if they consider that:
- the identified program is not the correct pathway for the young person, or
- the funding band for Community Participation program does not match the young person’s support needs.
People are told about the appeal process (PDF) in the same letter that tells them the outcome of their assessment.
Program or eligibility appeals are usually considered from October. Appeals relating to Community Participation funding bands are considered after March, to allow for circumstances where being given time to settle into a program may help the decision.