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Reports

Independent audits into the Disability Provisions Program

2013 Ombudsman Investigation

The NSW Ombudsman investigated why the percentage of disability provisions applications for public school students is half that of students from independent schools. The investigation found that the Board of Studies NSW has a rigorous process for administering applications, and found no evidence that the Board is approving unwarranted applications.

The Ombudsman made a number of recommendations to the Board of Studies and the Department of Education and Communities to enhance the accessibility of the disability provisions program. All but one of the recommendations to the Board of Studies – the release of confidential benchmarks used in determining provisions – were accepted by the Board of Studies.

HSC Disability Provisions Program
A level playing field? HSC Disability provisions(PDF)
Published May 2013

2011 Ellis and Johnson Report

Purpose

Damian Ellis and Beverley Johnson, former school principals, were engaged by the Board of Studies NSW to undertake an external review of the disability provisions program for the Higher School Certificate examinations. In particular, the views of principals and teachers who are responsible for lodging applications and implementing decisions of over 60 schools were consulted in the course of the review.

The review made a number of recommendations in the context of a commitment to continuous improvement. All but one – the recommendation to change the name of the program – were accepted by the Board of Studies.

Disability Provisions Program
Review of NSW HSC Disability Provisions Program (PDF)
Published May 2012

2009 Walter Turnbull audit

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Office of the Board of Studies – Review of Special Provisions – Final report (PDF)
Published 15 April 2010

2008 Walter Turnbull audit

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Office of the Board of Studies – Review of Special Provisions – Final report (PDF)
Published 21 February 2009

2008 Keightley Report

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Special Provisions Program 2008 Audit (PDF)
Published 21 February 2009
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