State and National Projects

National Projects

Australian Tertiary Education Network on Disability (ATEND)

The Australian Tertiary Education Network on Disability (ATEND) is the peak professional body for Disability Practitioners in the Tertiary Education and Training sector.

The ATEND National Committee is made up of a representatives from NDCO and the Training & University Sectors within each state.

  • ATEND organises the Pathways Conference that is held bi-annually
  • Regular submits submissions on key topics or addressing barriers – read more here
  • Facilitates the Aust-Ed email list, a closed list, to drive discussion and information-sharing among disability practitioners and teachers within the post-secondary education sector.  For more information: austed-list online form.
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The University Specialist Employment Partnership (USEP) is a service model that bases a specialist disability consultant one day per week on a university campus, and aims to meet the specific needs of graduating or graduated students with disability seeking employment.

This year we have launched the USEP toolkit.  This toolkit has everything you need to build a strong and successful partnership.  Learnings from 5 years, the toolkit brings a wealth of knowledge, resources, templates and checklists.

USEP Partnership Toolkit – USEP Partnership Toolkit

Big Meet Brisbane Survey to gain an understanding of student/graduate mental health and whether candidates would share this information with a future employer.


The TAFE Specialist Employment Partnership (TSEP) similar to USEP is a service model that bases a specialist disability consultant one day per week on a TAFE campus, and aims to meet the specific needs of graduating or graduated students from TAFE with disability who are seeking employment.

TSEP is currently running from 2 TAFE Qld campuses – Ipswich and Toowoomba.  Contact your local consultant:

TSEP postcard

State Projects

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The Education Alliance Queensland (EAQ) is an alliance of the education, tertiary and training sectors.  EAQ will foster seamless education, tertiary and training transitions for people with disability and will enable all educators and support staff to work together to improve successful education, tertiary and training outcomes for people with disability.  Refer to Education Alliance page



A new eLearn resource is currently being designed for secondary teachers and staff who teach, guide, and support students with disability in the senior secondary years. NDCO has partnered with Dr Amy McKernan an experienced Learning Designer and are being guided by an Advisory Committee who come with a wealth of knowledge, skills and expertise in the sector.

Tertiary education provides opportunities for students with disabilities to pursue further education and training in line with their interests, abilities, and vocational goals. The transition to tertiary education is challenging for many students, and students with disability may need additional support to successfully navigate the systems and practices of institutions of study. Teachers play a significant role in supporting students with disabilities to engage in further education.

Learn more with the eLearn Overview document

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