Support For Students

Catholic Education Tasmania is inclusive of all students and caters for students with additional needs and those with a disability.

As a Catholic organisation, the Gospel of Christ compels us to be attentive to the pastoral care, and the social and emotional well-being of all our students and staff. Catholic Education Tasmania responds to the needs of all members of our school communities in a sensitive and just manner which respects the innate dignity of every human person.

Tasmanian Catholic schools and colleges have access to our centralised Student Support Services to deliver appropriate support to students with additional needs and/or disabilities. A range of expertise, personnel, and resources are provided to support all students' access to and participation in learning. Each school provides a range of pastoral care and well-being programs and strategies designed to assist and support our students and families through grief, loss, trauma, illness, and times of stress. We are ably supported by CatholicCare, as well as a number of widely-respected external support agencies to deliver these services.

Catholic Education Tasmania works in collaboration with the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) to support students with a disability in schools. CET also supports students with Speech Pathology, Psychological testing and support, Occupational Therapy/Physiotherapy, Hearing Impairment, and Autism. 

CET participates in the annual Nationally Consistent Collection of Data (NCCD). Data teams within schools use their professional judgement to determine which students are being provided with a reasonable adjustment to access education on the same basis as a student without a disability, consistent with the definitions and obligations under the Disability Discrimination Act (1992) and the Disability Standards for Education (2005). 

If your child is experiencing emotional challenges of any kind please contact your child's school Principal as soon as possible to discuss available support.

English as an Additional Language/Dialect




Australia has always been a culturally and linguistically diverse place, and it currently comprises people from over 2,000 different ethnic backgrounds.

Catholic Education Tasmania welcomes learners from difference religious, cultures and language backgrounds so it is vital that students who have English learning needs are identified, supported and monitored in all aspects of their schooling. Meeting the needs of learners from diverse cultures and language backgrounds is the focus of English as an Additional Lanugage/Dialect (EAL/D).

Our schools and colleges are provided with educational support and funding to help them meet the needs of newly arrived students, as well as those students requiring support with learning English as an additional language or dialect. Individualised learning programs are provided for language learners where appropriate, and our schools and colleges ensure that our curriculum is culturally inclusive.

Language learning EAL/D students is tracked according to the Australian Curriculum Guidelines. Language learners may be eligible for English Language Programme Funding, which further assists schools and colleges to provide EAL/D students with targeted English language learning.

As well as supporting the needs of students, Catholic Education Tasmania supports EAL/D families by providing interpreting services during the interview process and throughout their child's schooling, as well as maintaining close working relationships with relevant community agencies to ensure the appropriate support is available to families.

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CatholicCare Tasmania offer a broad range of specialised professional services for children and families in Tasmania. Please contact CatholicCare directly to access their services.

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Rainbows is a not-for-profit international organisation that offers training and programs for establishing peer support groups in schools, social agencies and community groups, anywhere where young people meet on a regular basis with their peers. These programs are available for children and adults of all ages who are grieving a death, divorce or any other painful transition in their family.

Since it is necessary for emotional healing to take place after a significant loss, the support group provides those grieving an opportunity to share their feelings in an accepting environment supported by trained, caring and compassionate adults.

The aim of Rainbows is to assist in building a stronger self-esteem and to direct participants toward a healthy resolution of the changes that have taken place in their personal lives.

More information about all programs offered can be obtained from the Tasmanian Catholic Education Office or through the International Website.

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