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Question Without Notice No. 493 asked in the Legislative Council on 15 May 2019 by Hon Alison Xamon

Parliament: 40 Session: 1

Answered on 15 May 2019

STUDENTS — FOETAL ALCOHOL SPECTRUM DISORDER

493. Hon ALISON XAMON to the Minister for Education and Training:

(1) Has any funding been allocated in the 2019–20 budget specifically to identify and support students with foetal alcohol spectrum disorder?

(2) If yes to (1), how much funding has been allocated and what program and services has the funding been allocated to?

(3) If no to (1), why not?

Hon SUE ELLERY replied:

I thank the honourable member for some notice of the question.

(1)–(3) Students with FASD are eligible for an individual disability allocation when FASD-related impairments meet the criteria for one or more of the eight eligibility groups—for example, intellectual disability. On 10 May 2019, I announced that the state government has committed an additional $40 million to the individual disability allocation. The educational adjustment allocation is provided to schools to support students who, although not eligible for an individual disability allocation, have a range of additional learning support needs, which includes learning support needs related to FASD.