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Post school program eligibility

If you are a person with disability, family or carer please see our Post School Program page for individuals families and carers. 

Post School programs are for young people who:

  • are over 17 years old and are leaving school or up to two years after leaving school
  • are not undertaking full-time paid employment, vocational or higher education
  • are residents of New South Wales; and
  • have an intellectual, psychiatric, physical, sensory disability or like impairment and are eligible for a service under the Disability Inclusion Act 2014 and
  • are assessed as eligible by Family and Community Services.

New South Wales is currently transitioning to the National Disability Insurance Scheme  (NDIS). All Post School Program applications will need to consider the roll out of the NDIS in New South Wales. For more information see School Leavers and the NDIS.

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
  • Catholic Education Commission of NSW
  • Association of Independent Schools of NSW

Reviewing the outcome of an eligibility assessment

A young person, or their family or advocate, can request ADHC to review the assessment 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 review process (PDF) in the same letter that tells them the outcome of their assessment. 

Program or eligibility reviews are usually considered from October. Reviews 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.

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