All students attending NSA must have a primary diagnosis of ASD; students also have diagnosed communication and developmental disorders.
The enrolment eligibility criteria is set by the Department of Education and Training. All students attending NSA must have a primary diagnosis of ASD; students also have diagnosed communication and developmental disorders. All students must be eligible for funding under the Department’s Program for Students with Disabilities Program – Autism Spectrum Disorder.
Diagnosis of autism by:
Current language assessment (within 12 months) from a speech pathologist:
Documents required for PSD-ASD (funding) application
Submitting an Application
If a provisional place is available, and providing that all the documentation provided is clearly within the eligibility criteria, NSA can submit an application to PSD.
If there is no current speech assessment by a speech pathologist, diagnostic report by a psychologist and a current Vineland completed by a psychologist, the family will need to either enrol their child at a local Primary School to obtain these reports.
Enrolment to NSA will only proceed once the school has received confirmation that the student is eligible for PSD funding in the category of ASD.
Many students at NSA participate in dual enrolments with mainstream schools. NSA supports, encourages and prepares students for inclusion, on an as needs basis, by agreement with parents and carers.
This flowchart is designed to support parents/carers understand how integration programs are coordinated and to outline the particular responsibilities of the school and families.
Please note: Catholic primary schools need to apply for funding for students. These applications must be in by October of each year (the end of Term 3). In order to apply for funding, parents need to provide the school with a current letter from the child’s paediatrician confirming the autism diagnosis and also explaining briefly the impact this has on their learning at school. A copy of the child’s original diagnosis report is also required. Other reports needed for the funding application are professional reports, such as speech therapy reports, occupational therapy reports, psychological reports and early intervention reports.