National Disability Coordination Officer Program
The Nationality Disability Coordination Officer (NDCO) Program aims to improve the transition of people with a disability aged 15 to 64 into tertiary education and employment.
The three key objectives of NDCOs 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
- participation by people with disability in tertiary education, and subsequent employment.
Key outcomes of the NDCO program are:
- the 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
- 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 the Western Melbourne region
Deakin University is funded by the Commonwealth Department of Education and Training as the contract managers for the NDCO program in the Western Melbourne region. The program covers the local government areas of:
- Hobsons Bay
- Moonee Valley.