About the NDCO

National Disability Coordination Officer Program

The Australian Government’s $18.3 million National Disability Coordination Officer (NDCO) program targets the barriers that people with a disability face in gaining access to, and successfully completing, post-school education and training, through a comprehensive national network of 31 National Disability Coordination Officers.

The NDCO program works toward the Australia-wide coordination and delivery of transition services for people with a disability who are at, or who will be attending, university, vocational education and training or another training organisation.
The NDCO program’s goals are to:

  • Improve transitions to help people with a disability from school or community into post-school education and training and subsequent employment.
  • Increase participation by people with a disability in higher education, vocational education and training and employment.
  • Establish better links between schools, universities, TAFEs, training providers and disability service providers so that they can work together to provide the best possible assistance for people with a disability.

The NDCO works directly with education providers, employment services, community and government services, parents and individuals to facilitate improved participation and transitions through education to employment for people with a disability.

Our activities include:

  • Providing information about the range of post-school education, training, and employment options, and about the support available to access these
  • Developing and supplying resources in various formats to assist students and families with transition planning and to assist education providers and employers to support effective transition planning
  • Working collaboratively with education professionals, employers and the community to identify gaps and barriers in regional services and resources, and work to address these gaps
  • Offering professional development and training to education providers and employers to help them better support students’ transition planning and participation in post-school education, training and employment
  • Campaign for systemic change by advocating concerns at regional, state and federal levels, contributing to inquiries and preparing submissions.


To discuss opportunities for improving access, participation and transitions for people with a disability in your area please contact your National Disability Coordination Officer.

The NDCO is funded by the Australian Government Department of Education, Employment and Workplace Relations (DEEWR)