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Data follows the globally agreed methodology for this UN SDG Indicator and has been identified by the responsible agency as the most appropriate data source.

Australian school facilities are of a high standard

In line with conclusions reached at the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development’s (OECD) Working Party on Indicators of Education Systems (INES) in October 2017, Australia notes that data on Indicator 4.a.1 on subsections a), b), c), e), f) and g) is not relevant for most OECD countries including Australia. However, Australia does agree on the importance to report on this global indicator within the SDG framework.

In relation to subsection d), which refers to adapted infrastructure and materials in schools for students with disabilities, in Australia the key service standards to promote and protect the rights of students with disability are the Disability Standards for Education 2005 (the Standards). These Standards were developed under the Disability Discrimination Act 1992, which came into effect in August 2005. The Standards clarify the obligations of education and training providers, and seek to ensure that students with disability can access and participate in education on the same basis as other students. The Standards cover enrolment, the use of facilities and services, participation, curriculum development, accreditation and delivery and elimination of harassment and victimisation.