National Disability Coordination Officer (NDCO) program
The three key objectives of the NDCO program are to improve:
- linkages between schools, tertiary education providers, employment service providers and providers of disability programs and assistance at all government levels;
- transitions for people with disability between school / community and Tertiary Education, and then to subsequent employment; and
- participation by people with disability in tertiary education, and subsequent employment.
Key outcomes of the NDCO program are:
- coordination of services that facilitate transitions and participation in Tertiary Education and subsequent employment for people with disability
- collaboration of local networks to identify and overcome barriers in transitions and participation in Tertiary Education and subsequent employment for people with disability;
- stakeholder knowledge and capacity building to support transitions and participation in Tertiary Education and subsequent employment for people with disability; and
- improving knowledge about the rights, entitlements, available supports, educational options and pathways to employment for people with disability to enable decision making about education and employment.
NDCO for Western Melbourne region
In 2013 Deakin University was funded by the Commonwealth Department of Education as the contract managers for the NDCO program 2013–2016 in the Western Melbourne region, covering the Local Government areas of Hobsons Bay, Brimbank, Melton, Wyndham, Maribyrnong and Moonee Valley.
For further information, resources and links to education, training and employment support see NDCO Victoria