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School to post-school options for students with disability or learning difficulties

The transition from school to further education, vocational training or employment is an important period for young people. It provides young people with an opportunity to access information and make choices about their future after leaving school. Many young people with disability require additional planning and support to ensure they successfully transition from school to post school.

To assist students with disability to experience a smooth transition, the Department for Education offers the following programs.

Transition centres

The Daws Road and Prospect Transition Centres offer the following services:

  • A range of courses for secondary students with disability to develop their employability skills. The centres support students in their preparation towards open or supported employment, or into further study.
  • The City-Based Program is a community based learning program to support secondary students to complete their schooling, learn employability skills and develop independence and self -management.
  • A consultative service for teachers and leaders in schools to facilitate the planning, implementation, coordination and delivery of programs and initiatives that increase the successful transition of students with disability from school to post school options.


To attend a Transition Centre or City-Based Program students must be:

  • enrolled in a government school
  • identified as a student with disability
  • 15 years of age or older.

Referral to a Transition Centre

The possibility of a referral to a Transition Centre may be discussed with a student and their family during a One Plan or school to post-school planning meeting.


  • Daws Road Centre: 141 Daws Road St Marys SA 5042
  • Prospect Centre: 114 Main North Road Prospect SA 5082
  • City-Based Program: The Lions Art Centre, corner of North Terrace and Morphett Street Adelaide

Consultative service

The Transition Centre’s staff are able to assist teachers and leaders in schools by:

  • facilitating a whole of school approach to school to post school transition
  • presenting professional development sessions focussing on transition planning and curriculum options including SACE and VET
  • supporting schools to establish relevant courses
  • supporting the provision of information for parents, including the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) school to post-school transition processes .

To access the Transition Centre’s consultative service, teachers and leaders contact:

Daws Road Centre: Phone 8277 6504, or email: dl.1475.info [at] schools.sa.edu.au

Prospect Centre: Phone 8344 6508, or email: prospect.centre485 [at] schools.sa.edu.au

Better Pathways Program

The Better Pathways program provides coaching and mentoring services to students with disability. The program assists students to create, pursue and achieve their vocational goals. This is done through one-on-one support with a dedicated worker.

The Better Pathways program is delivered by Barkuma Inc.

Participating schools

The Better Pathways Program operates in the following secondary schools:

  • Playford International College
  • Mark Oliphant College
  • Craigmore High School
  • Nuriootpa High School
  • Kapunda High School
  • Riverton and District High School
  • Le Fevre High School
  • Woodville High School
  • Bowden Brompton Community School
  • Springbank Secondary College
  • Hamilton Secondary College
  • Christies Beach High School
  • Wirreanda High School
  • Seaford Secondary College
  • Renmark High School
  • Loxton High School
  • Glossop High School
  • Riverland Special School


Students in years 10 to 13 who are enrolled in one of the participating schools and have been identified in the Nationally Consistent Collection Data: School Students with Disability as having a supplementary, substantial or extensive level of adjustment and are at risk of not successfully transitioning from school to post school options.

Referral to the program

Steps for referrals are as follows:

  1. Participating schools nominate students who would most benefit from the support of the Better Pathways Program.
  2. Parent/carer and student are provided with program information.
  3. Parent/carer gives permission for their child to participate in the program.
  4. A Better Pathways worker is allocated to the student.


The Pathways worker meets with the student regularly for up to 3 hours each fortnight. Pathway workers will identify key personnel across relevant service organisations in the interest of developing student’s transition plans. Relevant organisations will form the service support network to meet the individual needs of the student concerned.

Parents and carers involvement

Parents/carers are an important part of the student’s support network. Involving families throughout the process, wherever possible, is a goal of the Better Pathways Program.

The Transition Program

This 12 month training program is designed to assist final year students with disability and learning difficulties to make a smooth transition from school to future pathways. It provides career development, participation in VET courses and work placement opportunities. Students are also offered links to services that provide ongoing training and support to gain and maintain employment.

The Transition Program is coordinated by Barkuma on behalf of the Department for Education.


To be eligible for the program students must:

  • have a disability or learning difficulty
  • be aged 15 years or older
  • have the capacity and desire to work for a minimum of 8 hours per week
  • be able to access transport independently.

Selection process

Applications are received in term 3 of the preceding year. Interviews are conducted with students and their parents or carers during term 4.

Referral to the program

Students are referred to the program by their school teacher or through self-referral. An Expression of Interest Form is sent to schools at the beginning of term 3 of the preceding year for schools to nominate students. An Expression of interest Form can be obtained from the Barkuma website.

Disability Policy and Programs

Phone: 8226 0521
Email: education.dpp [at] sa.gov.au