Requesting a subsequent Disability Inclusion Profile
Overview of subsequent profile processes
Disability Inclusion does not set specific timeframes for the frequency of profile meetings for students.
The period between profile meetings will be based on each student’s circumstances and their school environment.
Profile meetings should generally be scheduled at intervals of no less than 2 years (24 months) and no more than 7 years, depending on the student’s age and individual circumstances, except in exceptional circumstances. This timing applies to all completed profiles, including for those students that are ineligible for tier 3 – student-level funding, as a result of their last profile.
During a profile meeting, the facilitator will seek to reach a consensus with the student support group (SSG) about when best to have the subsequent meeting. The frequency of profiles for a student will reflect their age, their needs and the setting or settings they are attending. The SSG should also consider key transition points or any expected change in school setting, as the adjustments recorded in the profile are context-based.
Generally, many students may have a profile completed upon commencing school, in Years 3 or 4 and a final profile at the commencement of secondary school. As examples, the following exceptions may apply:
- profile meetings may be scheduled more frequently for younger children in expectation of early developmental gains, but less frequently for an older student, such as those in secondary school.
- a longer period before the subsequent profile may be advisable for students with stable functional needs that are unlikely to change
- more regular profile meetings are recommended for students who have fluctuating needs, as their developmental trajectory may be less predictable, and their functional needs may vary
- the student’s SSG should use their judgement to determine when the subsequent profile should occur for students that have undertaken a profile towards the end of their time in one school setting and will be moving to a new school setting. As a general rule, a subsequent profile should only occur if there are significant new adjustments required or are in place to enable the student’s learning and participation at the new setting.
A recommendation for the subsequent meeting date will be outlined in the profile report. For students eligible for tier 3 funding, the subsequent profile period outlined in the profile report will align to the funding period. The SSG may wish to undertake a profile before this date if the needs of the students change or the student changes settings.
Requesting the subsequent profile
Requesting a profile for a student that moves schools
If a student moves schools, the SSG at the new school may consider requesting the subsequent profile after the student commences at the new school. Alternatively, the SSG may wait until the timing agreed in the student’s previous profile to hold the subsequent profile meeting. When making this decision, the SSG should consider whether there are significant new adjustments required in the new setting that would make the profile a valuable exercise. Should the adjustments remain largely the same, an earlier profile may be less useful.
Requesting a subsequent profile within 24 months
Profile meetings should generally be scheduled at intervals of no less than 2 years (24 months) and no more than 7 years, depending on the student’s age and individual circumstances, except in exceptional circumstances.
Schools may wish to undertake a profile for the same student within 24 months of the last profile, where a student’s needs and presentation have meaningfully changed, there is a deteriorating medical condition, or significant new adjustments are required to support the student.
In these cases, schools must contact their regional disability coordinator prior to requesting a profile within 24 months and seek their advice and support. The regional disability coordinator will advise if an early profile is appropriate. The facilitator service will confirm that the regional disability coordinator has been consulted before progressing the subsequent profile request. The school should keep a record of the regional disability coordinator advice.
Reviewed 31 January 2024