The TAFE Queensland Disability Support Officer Network
This network is a very active forum for DSO’s from all TAFE Queensland regions. They meet via video conference once every 6 weeks to discuss issues and partake in professional development activities organised for the forum.
The Chair is Meredith Jackson, located at TAFE Queensland Skills Tech campus in Brisbane.
For more information please email Meredith.Jackson2@tafe.qld.edu.au.
The Queensland University Disability Liaison Officer’s Network
The Queensland Disability Liaison Officer’s Network (QDLO) is a professional network representing Disability Practitioners working in all Queensland universities. We have approximately 25 members.
Sunshine Coast University currently hosts the QDLO network and this responsibility rotates every two years to a different University. Meetings are held once every two months (face to face in Brisbane and via teleconference throughout the state), providing opportunity for members to share their practice, discuss topical issues and strengthen partnerships. The network benefits from a wealth of practitioner expertise in the sector. Guest speakers are invited on occasion and individual members regularly showcase new services or programs. QDLO members also work collaboratively to promote disability services in Queensland tertiary institutions at post-school options events and expos.
Duties of the host University include preparing and distributing meeting documentation, monitoring the QDLO email, acting as financial delegate of QDLO funds and hosting a face to face professional development event. Each Queensland University provides an annual financial contribution to the QDLO network which may be used to cover the costs of administration and professional development events. Funding is allocated via group consensus. The QDLO network has a Terms of Reference which is reviewed annually.
Jane Anderson is the current chair of the QDLO Network. For more information please email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Current Collaborative Tertiary Projects
The Queensland NDCOs have created an Alliance framework for the education, training and tertiary sectors across Queensland. Education Alliance Queensland (EAQ) encourages collaboration and interaction across the sectors while enabling a coordinated approach and strong connection between them. The Alliance aims to improve education, training and tertiary transitions for students with disability. The Queensland NDCO team work strategically in identifying and addressing barriers with sector stakeholders, collectively focusing on increasing positive outcomes for students with disability.
A majority of TAFE students self-report that they are mostly investing the effort and time into their study in the hopes that it will create employment opportunities for them. The TAFE Specialist Employment Partnership (TSEP) project aims to meet with as many TAFE students with disability as possible to identify and address the systemic blocks and barriers to employment, whilst simultaneously providing a specialist employment support for short term impact.
This Disability Awareness - Supporting Students in VET eLearning training focuses on how VET Staff and Educators can communicate, interact and respond to the needs of individuals with disability to positively influence their experience and educational outcomes. Additionally, it explores how development, delivery and assessment practices can also have a significant impact. It promotes accessibility and inclusion and the reduction of barriers in vocational education and training. This resource focuses on how VET Staff and Educators can communicate, interact and respond to the needs of individuals with disability to positively influence their experience and educational outcomes. Additionally, it explores how development, delivery and assessment practices can also have a significant impact. It promotes accessibility and inclusion and the reduction of barriers in vocational education and training.