Assessment of PSD funding applications

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After your child’s school submits a PSD application, it is assessed by DET’s Resource Coordination Group.

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The DET Resource Coordination Group includes consulting professionals and central and regional DET staff. If your child’s application is incomplete, more documentation might be requested. This could delay the evaluation of the application. The principal should avoid this by referring to the checklist for PSD applications before submitting.

If the application was part of the July annual round, the principal will be able to check if it was successful before term 4 begins, via the online Program For Students with Disabilities Management System. The principal should organise another Student Support Group meeting to discuss the outcome, whether or not the application was successful.

The principal should tell you:

  • whether the application was successful or not
  • the criteria under which your child was deemed eligible
  • the level of funding allocated to the school to help them support your child.

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If the application is unsuccessful or more support is needed

The school can lodge an appeal for an unsuccessful application if:

  • there is more clinical or professional evidence of your child’s needs that was not available previously
  • the principal believes that there was a problem with the process of assessing the application.

The appeal must be lodged within 15 school days of the outcome becoming available.

If the principal thinks the allocated support level does not reflect your child’s needs, they can submit a ‘re-appraisal’.

  • For more information about appeals and about submitting a re-appraisal, refer to the Program for Students with Disabilities Guidelines available for download from the DET website – search on ‘PSD Guidelines’.

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If the application is successful

If the school obtains PSD funding to help them support your child, they receive it as part of the school’s Student Resource Package (the school’s budget). Thus, PSD resources become part of the school’s budget. It is the principal who decides how the school budget, including the PSD resources, is spent.

Your child’s Student Support Group (SSG) has a key role advising the principal about your child’s learning and support needs, and what resources are needed to meet them. At the first meeting of the SSG after the application, the principal should work with the group to set and prioritise your child’s educational goals. You have the right to ask for information at any time about the level of funding that the school receives through the PSD to help them meet your child’s needs. And you can raise a concern if you feel that the school is not adequately meeting your child’s learning and support needs.

In planning your child’s education program and supports, the SSG must consider:

  • your child’s long-term educational goals,
  • how best to increase your child’s ability to learn independently, and
  • what strategies can be employed to build the school’s capacity to provide an effective, inclusive curriculum for students with additional needs.

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If the application is not successful

Schools’ responsibility to provide ‘reasonable adjustments’ to support students with disability is not dependent or conditional on whether the student is eligible for the PSD. Schools are allocated resources through their budget to develop and deliver teaching and learning programs for all students, including those with a disability. There are a variety of resources available, beyond the PSD, to help them do so.

Every school is responsible for effectively using the resources available to it to educate and support its students. Schools have the flexibility to plan and deliver appropriate learning and supports for each student – which includes the use of education support staff, if needed.

Following notification of an ineligible outcome for a PSD application, the principal should:

  • Contact you to inform you of the outcome of the PSD application
  • Set a date for a Student Support Group meeting.

At the first meeting of the SSG after an unsuccessful application, the principal should work with the group to set and prioritise your child’s educational goals, as well as strategies to meet those goals. The Student Support Group should continue to meet regularly to plan, monitor and adjust your child’s learning and supports.

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