Community-based special education program

The community-based special education program provides grants for community-based centres to improve educational opportunities, learning outcomes and personal development of children with disability.

Who can apply

Community-based centres that provide services for children with disability can apply for this grant.

The community-based centre must:

  • provide programs or activities designed specifically for children with disability
  • not be managed or controlled by or on behalf of the government
  • not be conducted for profit
  • not be registered as a school.

A community-based centre may include:

  • a pre-school - including a pre-school that operates as part of a non-government school but is not established as a separate entity
  • an early intervention centre
  • a registered charity
  • a religious organisation
  • a community organisation such as a parent group.

What the grant covers

Grants support programs for children with a disability who receive services provided at, or in connection with, your community-based centre, including:

  • learning and educational development opportunities for children with a disability who are below school age to prepare them for integration into regular pre-schools or schools
  • assisting school-aged children with severe disability by improving their access to educational programs
  • assisting children in residential care.

Grants are targeted to services that align with and complement services provided by the Department of Education's disability services unit.

Grant funding is supplementary to any funding community-based centres receive from other sources.


Children are eligible if they:

  • have a disability
  • are below or of school age
  • have been assessed by a person with relevant qualifications as having an intellectual, sensory, physical, social or emotional impairment, or more than one of those impairments, and satisfies the criteria for eligibility to access special education services or programs in the Northern Territory.

Children in residential care are eligible if they satisfy the above definition and are:

  • separated from their families for welfare, rehabilitation, corrective or medical purposes
  • living in establishments that provide counselling, education or guidance services.

Children whose only impairments are specific learning difficulties for whom remedial support is appropriate are not eligible.

Use of grants

You can use the grant for any of the following:

  • salaries of teachers, specialists or professionals such as therapists and support personnel
  • essential travel and transport costs for children, teachers, specialists, professionals and support personnel
  • consultancy and advisory services
  • curriculum development
  • monitoring and evaluation of educational programs and other services
  • professional development programs associated with special education
  • purchase of specialist educational equipment and technology
  • construction of community-based centre facilities, extension or refurbishment of existing centre facilities or the purchase of property to build a community-based centre.

If you receive a grant

If approved you must fill in an evaluation form after each year.

This is to make sure your program is on track to deliver on its expected outcomes.

You must submit the evaluation form by:

  • 30 June 2020
  • and 30 June 2021.

Fill in the evaluation and acquittal form DOCX (56.2 KB).

Submit the form by email, post or fax using the contact details listed below.


For more information contact:

Student Wellbeing and Inclusion
Level 5 Mitchell Centre
55-59 Mitchell Street
Darwin NT 0800

GPO Box 4821
Darwin NT 0801

Phone: 08 8944 9440
Fax: 08 8944 9410

Last updated: 09 June 2021

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