School operations

Accessible Buildings Program

Making applications

The regional office provides support to schools throughout this process, which includes ensuring all low and no cost options have been exhausted, and assisting the school in acquiring all necessary documentation. Applications are then submitted directly through the Department’s eduGate portal, using the school eduMail account.

What schools need to submit

All applications

It is essential that all necessary documentation is uploaded with the application for assessment, including:

  • the completed application form with the endorsement of the school principal
  • a signed professional report (for example, occupational therapist, audiologist, optometrist etc.) and/or appropriate documentation to support the need for modifications
  • a written report from the visiting teacher (if applicable)
  • quote/estimate for the works
  • a School Asset Management System (SAMS) or school map indicating the rooms and/or locations for modification
  • details and locations of existing accessible facilities similar to the application request (where applicable)
  • advice as to whether the applicant is receiving any other assistance

Hearing specific requirements

Hearing applications must:

  • be accompanied by an audiogram or audiology report or a specialist report confirming hearing loss
  • identify the classroom, location and room number for the functional learning spaces that require hearing technology to determine the size, location and layout of spaces (this information can be located in the School Facilities Profile, under Reports and Plans)
  • identify and describe any current hearing technology (if existing within the school) including pictures of any existing hearing or audio equipment to determine compatibility e.g. existing audio equipment within assembly or auditoriums
  • demonstrate that appropriate timetabling of deaf or hard of hearing students into spaces with equipment already installed has been considered and implemented
  • include a letter of endorsement by a visiting teacher

Once the application has been assessed against the eligibility criteria, schools are advised of the outcome of their Accessible Buildings Program application.

Guidance chapter outlining what schools need to submit to apply for funding through the Accessible Buildings Program, including the process for hearing specific requirements

Reviewed 28 May 2020

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