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Q In determining which students are included in the NCCD, students who may not have a formal disability diagnosis but have an 'impairment that requires an adjustment' are included. Can you please give me the definition of 'impairment' in this context?

Posted by mlarkin
Role: Principal
Date: Monday, June 17, 2019 - 12:59
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A Answers (1 available)

Reply from [email protected] - Other (including pre-service teachers, private consultants, other non-school based roles)

Hi Maureen,


A disability is defined in the Disability Discrimination Act 1992. If the student has an 'impairment' that fits under the categories listed here, then they would be included in the NCCD submission as long as you have evidence of the adjustments you are providing to support that student. The definitions of disability and the NCCD categories of disability are shown here:


The portal also states that students should be included in the NCCD where:

  1. the student’s impairment meets the Disability Discrimination Act 1992 (DDA) broad definition of disability and
  2. the functional impact of the student’s disability results in the school actively addressing or supporting the student’s specific individual education needs arising from their disability within quality differentiated teaching practice and/or monitoring the student, or providing a supplementary or higher level of adjustment or support. (
  3. there is evidence at the school that the student has been provided with adjustment/s for a minimum period of 10 weeks of school education (excluding school holiday periods) in the 12 months preceding the NCCD reference date.


For more information on student inclusion and a useful document that helps with strategies on decision making, see the information on this page:


If the above links do not help with the answer to your question, or you have a specific case/scenario in mind, it is advised that you reach out to your state/jurisdiction key contact. The details can be found at, however feel free to contact [email protected] if you require any assistance with this.

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