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Special Circumstances

Special Circumstances Enrolments (Referral Program)

SIDE's Referral Program provides for students with special circumstances.

The Program is coordinated by SIDE's school psychologists, who gather information from a number of sources to assess eligibility.

To be eligible for the Referral Program there must be:

  • Evidence that the student is genuinely unable to attend a regular school or an alternative education program
  • Ongoing counselling, treatment or other appropriate intervention

Enrolment in the Referral Program is not considered to be a long term alternative to regular schooling. Students need to be working towards re-integration back into a school or alternative program.


Categories of eligibility:


  • Documentation required: Evidence from the student's specialist outlining the student's medical condition and how it impacts on their ability to attend school or an alternative education program. This documentation should include an assessment of the length of time it is expected that the student will be unable to attend a regular school.

Severe mental health

  • Information required: A formal diagnosis of a mental health condition and contact details of the clinician (e.g. clinical psychologist) who is currently working with the student.

Pregnant and parenting young people

  •  Documentation required: A medical certificate indicating the expected due date or a copy of the child's birth certificate.

Other unforseen and extraordinary circumstances



To make an enquiry about the Referral Program for a student with special circumstances, phone SIDE on 9242 6300. A SIDE school psychologist will contact you to determine if the student is eligible.


SIDE’s receipt of an application for enrolment does not necessarily confirm enrolment.

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Contact SIDE

con_address 164-194 Oxford Street,
Leederville, 6007, Western Australia
con_post Postal Address: PO Box 455
con_tel Tel: +61-8-9242 6300
con_fax Fax: +61-8-9242 6861
con_email E: info@side.wa.edu.au

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