Government Schools

Department of Education and Early Childhood Development (DEECD)- Bendigo

7-15 McLaren Street, Bendigo, Victoria 3550
Phone: 03 54403111

School Psychology Service

The DEECD  and the Catholic Education Department have Educational Psychologists to support school aged children. Parents can request that their child has a consultation. Contact your child’s teacher, principal or welfare coordinator.

Bendigo Special Developmental School (SDS)

26-32 Lockwood Road
Kangaroo Flat
Ph: 54473267
SDS is for school aged children with a moderate to severe intellectual disability.

Kalianna School

Nolan St
North Bendigo
Ph: 54421311
Kalianna is for students aged between 5 -18 years who have a mild to moderate intellectual disability.



Sandhurst Diocese Catholic Schools

Catholic Education Office
120 Hargreaves St (PO Box 477)
Bendigo, 3552
Ph: 03 5443 2377


Free online training

Positive Partnerships is a national project, funded by the Australian Government Department of Education and Training through the Helping Children with Autism package. We are delivered by Autism Spectrum Australia (Aspect), with a goal to improve the educational outcomes of school-aged students on the autism spectrum.

We work with schools, communities and families across Australia to deliver evidence-based content through workshops, webinars and online learning through our website. We provide workshops for parents to attend in regional areas.

We aim to foster productive relationships in support of school aged students on the spectrum, with a focus on working respectfully and appropriately with people from many diverse backgrounds.

Go to Positive Partnerships


Transition to School Planning Statement

The Department assists parents and professionals by developing a transition support program for children and young people with an ASD. For more information, see: Transitions

A primary school transition template has been designed to support gathering and sharing of relevant and useful information prior to a child with an ASD starting school. For more information, see: Primary school transition statement (docx – 140.46kb)



Schooling Alternatives

Distance Education

With distance education, parents follow the Department of Education’s curriculum and reproduce school at home. It’s only one form of  home schooling. For more information go to:

Doxa School Bendigo

This school provides supported education for students 11-14 years of age who are having difficulty remaining in their regular school.

118 Hargreaves Street
Bendigo VIC 3550
Phone: (03) 5442 8140

Home Schooling

There are people in Bendigo who have chosen various forms of home schooling. It’s useful to know that you don’t have to follow the Department of Education’s curriculum, if you choose home schooling. For local support go to: Homeschooling Victoria

Net School – Bendigo

NETschool aims to re-engage young people (15-20 years) who are experiencing difficulties with mainstream schooling. It’s an annexe of Bendigo Senior Secondary College. Phone: 5441 8504


Into Kindergarten

  • Preschool Field Officers – These Educators support children with additional needs in preschool programs.
  • Inclusion in Kindergarten Services – this initiative is for children with severe disabilities in kindergartens. For more information on either of these services contact: St Luke’s Ph: 5440 1100

Into Primary School

  • The Department of Health and Human Services – Specialist Children’s Services offer transition support into primary school.  Contact: Phone 5444 9999

Into Secondary School

  • The AMAZE Classroom is a  website gives practical examples of changes and adaptations that can be made to everyday learning and assessment tasks for teachers in primary, secondary and specialist settings These changes may be applied in a variety of combinations, as appropriate. The website also examines how best to support students with managing transitions, and developing strong partnerships with families.

Managing every day transitions in secondary school for students with an ASD

  • This article gives some good advice on everyday issues in secondary schools such as managing daily timetable, getting organised, managing stress and anxiety, working with substitute teachers plus some further references and reading.
  • managingtransitions secondary school


Into Post Secondary School


Click here for information about career planning and education, and training options for Australian jobs.


School Leaver Employment Supports (SLES)

The NDIS funds reasonable and necessary supports that help a participant to reach their goals,
objectives and aspirations. SLES is a new reasonable and necessary support for Year 12 school
leavers, to assist them transition from school and into employment. Supports may include work
experience generally in open employment, job site training, travel training and activities that
contribute to achieving an employment outcome and linkages to ongoing employment support.
Participants can have SLES and other reasonable and necessary funded supports in their NDIS
plan. They also have choice and the control over how they use funded supports in their NDIS
plan. This includes choice of how the supports are given and which service providers they use.

For more information go to the NDIS website and download School Leaver Employment Supports (SLES)

Disability Employment Services (DES)

Disability Employment Services (DES) supports persons with disability to get ready to look for a job, find a job and keep a job.
The DES also have a program that is available to students in their last year of school called the DES ESL (Eligible School Leaver) program.This program is to assist students with disability to transition from school to post-school open employment.
For a job seeker to access a DES, they must have a future work capacity, with intervention, of at least 8 hours per week.


National Disability Coordination Program (NDCP)

The NDCO Program aims to improve the transition of people with a disability aged 15 to 64 into tertiary education and employment. Your National Disability Coordination Officer can help provide information, coordination and referral for people with a disability.

National Disability Coordination Officer Program (NDCO)   Victoria

National Disability Coordination Program (NDCP)   QLD  This website has a lot of useful resources.

The following  Work Book  Getting Ready For Study and Work is a useful resource for families to work through to establish interests and strengths.



JobAccess is a free information and advice service about the employment of people with a disability. JobAccess helps people with disability, employers, service providers and the community access information about services, financial assistance and workplace solutions.


Australian Disability Enterprise (ADE)

An Australian Disability Enterprise is a not-for profit organisation with charitable status, which provides meaningful employment for people with significant disability who would otherwise not be able to work. It is a business that makes products, or provides services and is expected to make a profit and pay staff salaries. For more information click here.