Children with additional needs

While there is no national definition of ‘additional needs’, a range of risk factors may (but not always) lead children with particular characteristics to be vulnerable to sub-optimal learning and life outcomes. These include (but are not limited to):

  • children with disability including those undergoing assessment for disability
  • Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children
  • children from culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds
  • children from a refugee or humanitarian background
  • children with serious medical condition/s
  • children presenting with language and speech delays
  • children presenting with disruptive behaviour

(Ref:Australian Government- Department of Education and Training, 2016-2017 to 2018-2019,ISP Guidelines pg 6, retrieved from